The Press Newspaper
The first rain garden in the storm water community area of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District has been completed at a memorial in the Allen Township Cemetery.
Allen Township officials and employees, volunteers, and OSWCD employees put the finishing touches on the garden recently.
“Structures like rain gardens help to slow runoff after heavy rains by allowing the water to slowly filter through the landscape,” said Crystal Dymond, storm water technician for the OSWCD. “The native plants that are chosen can tolerate both wet and dry conditions because their roots are deeper than other plants and they are used to our local conditions. The native plants also help to filter out the bad elements in the soil before it drains in a waterway, stormwater drain, or in this case, a pond.”
The township erected the memorial to honor veterans, firefighters, and their families and related organizations.
The township installed what is called “porous” pavement at the memorial.
Ceremony for marina improvements held
The renovations began in 2001 and continued throughout much of the decade.
Fifty new temporary docks were installed for boaters, with some later modified for permanent use.
In 2006, a 20-site primitive campground was constructed. In 2008, an improvement project to the marina entrance, including a new channel and revetments, was completed followed the next year by a floating docks project.
A 100,000-gallon elevated water storage tank has also been installed and construction is scheduled this summer for staff housing.
Sean Logan, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, attended the dedication ceremony, which included a special recognition of former ODNR director Sam Speck.
Governor Ted Strickland and Attorney General Richard Cordray are asking the Obama administration to convene a summit by July 19 to make plans for constructing a permanent barrier to block the infiltration of the Asian carp into the Great Lakes.
They are also asking construction of a physical barrier start within 30 days of the summit.
In a letter to the president the two write “…this is still a preventable multi-billion dollar ecological disaster, but the window is closing.”
Last month, a live Asian carp was caught by commercial fishermen in Lake Calumet near Chicago – past an electrical barrier designed to stop it. And earlier DNA sampling has found traces of the carp in the Chicago Area Waterway System, a tributary of the Great Lakes.
“We are aware of your Administration’s current efforts to protect the Great Lakes from the significant harm that would come from Asian carp,” the letter says. “But, thus far chemical and electric barriers have proven ineffective, as Asian carp have been found increasingly farther into the tributaries of the Great Lake basin and well past the electric barriers. This is the time for bold, decisive action, which is why we are asking for an aggressive timeline to begin building physical, permanent barriers.”
The Ohio Department of Transportation intends to host an informational meeting this month to update the public on the I-280/Wheeling Street widening project.
Theresa Pollick, a spokesperson for ODOT’s district 2, said the department is talking with the project contractor to schedule a date for the meeting.
On June 28, ODOT closed the northbound Wheeling lane, between Pickle and Brown roads, and established a detour route along Brown, Coy, and Pickle roads.
The detour will be in effect through November but ODOT stated that although some drives will be restricted, alternate drives will be maintained to allow access to and from residential and commercial areas.
The project includes widening Wheeling from Navarre Avenue to Pickle Road, including the bridge over I-280.
According to ODOT, the contractor will establish lane closures and restrictions on Wheeling. Motorists should expect intermittent lane restrictions in both directions on Wheeling, from Navarre to Munding Drive, for pavement work through September.
A resolution to begin the process of putting two levies for funding road improvement projects on the November ballot has been approved by the Lake Township trustees.
Following a recommendation by Dan McLargin, township road supervisor, the trustees are leaning toward seeking the replacement of a 1-mill, 5-year levy due to expire at the end of the year and asking voters to pass a new 1-mill, continuing levy.
Many roads have fallen into disrepair, the trustees said, because the existing levy, which is based on 1986 property valuations when it was originally passed, only generates about $114,670 annually.
If it is replaced rather than renewed by voters, the existing levy would be based on current valuations and generate about $169,000 annually. A new levy would also be based on current valuations and generate that amount.
One option the trustees discussed was to let the replacement levy expire at the end of five years if the continuing issue is approved.
Last year, it cost the township about $60,000 a mile to repair roads, according to Melanie Bowen, a trustee. Consequently, the trustees are seeing a growing backlog of roads that need major repairs.
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