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Three villages and seven townships in Wood County will decide Tuesday if they want to be included in an aggregation program for purchasing electrical power.

Voters in Millbury, Walbridge, and Portage are being asked to decide ballot issues that would, if passed, allow their councils enter into aggregation agreements to purchase electrical power on their behalf.

Walbridge residents will also decide an aggregation ballot measure for purchasing natural gas.

Under an opt-out aggregation program, residents and small business owners can choose to not participate and buy power from another supplier.

“That’s the beauty of it,” said Walbridge Mayor Dan Wilczynski. “It doesn’t force anybody to go along with any one company.”

He said Walbridge, if the ballot measure passes, would join the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition, which was formed in 2001 by several communities in Toledo Edison’s service territory after the state legislature approved de-regulating the electrical industry.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency last week issued a water quality certification to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that allows for the disposal of up to 800.000 cubic yards of dredged sediment from the Toledo Harbor into the open lake.

The amount allowed to be dumped in the open lake this year is more than in previous years, but less than the 1.25 million cubic yards that the Corps had requested.

“While they reduced the quantities to 800,000 cubic yards, last year they put in 740,000 cubic yards in the open lake,” Oregon Council member Sandy Bihn said of the Corps at council’s committee of the whole meeting last Monday. “So the current allowance would be for that much to be in the open lake again. A lot of us are worried because the water levels are down. We think that this could be an imminent threat to the lake.”

Bihn, who is also Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper, has been opposed to open lake disposal of dredged sediment for 15 years.

“Some of us would like to see 50 percent go into a Confined Disposal Facility (CDF). I’ll be working on that,” she said.

Officials from Wood and Ottawa counties were presented alternative proposals Monday for linking their respective water distribution systems with an estimated starting price tag of $4.5 million.

A study by Poggemeyer Design Group discussed during last week’s meeting of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District includes two primary alternatives for extending waterlines from Ottawa County to Wood County.

The study estimates construction costs would be about $4.5 million to extend a 12-inch water main in Ottawa County that serves the Brush Wellman plant near the intersection of state routes 105 and 590 to an industrial site in Troy Township in Wood County – a distance of about 15 miles.

That scenario, according to the study, would be sufficient for supplying 500,000 gallons a day to users in Wood County.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period by 30 days on the draft wastewater discharge (NPDES) permit for FirstEnergy’s Bay Shore power plant.

The comment period deadline is now May 29 instead of April 29.

Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA, said the extension was made at the request of Oregon City Council, as well as from some members of the public.

Oregon Council passed a resolution introduced by Council member Sandy Bihn requesting the extension last month.

The draft wastewater discharge permit consists primarily of the plant’s non-contact cooling water. The permit sets limits on contaminants in the plant’s discharge to Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay. The draft permit action is a proposed renewal of the plant’s existing wastewater discharge permit, which is valid for five years and must be renewed to remain valid.

The draft permit also imposes requirements on the plant’s cooling water intake system that are expected to reduce fish mortality that results from the impingement and entrainment (I&E) of fish in the intake structure.

Police in Lake Township and City of Perrysburg are asking the public for help in identifying two males believed to be involved in thefts and related criminal activity in the north end of Wood County.

Police said the men may be responsible for stealing coins from a car wash on Woodville Road in the township and another in Perrysburg.

About $400 was reported stolen from the Woodville Road car wash, according to Detective Mick Lento, of the Lake Township Police Department.

Security cameras viewed the suspects at a Wal-Mart Store in Perrysburg Township where they were using a Coinstar machine to convert the coins into paper currency.

Persons with information about the case should contact Detective Lento, (419) 838-6651 or the Wood County Crime Stoppers Program (419) 352-0077.

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