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Calling it a “trifecta of injustice,” Trent Dougherty, attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the OEC plans to appeal a decision by the 11th District Court of Appeals that said property owners along Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie own the land above the water’s edge and the land beneath the water is open to the public.

The ruling in August largely upholds a decision by the Lake County Common Pleas Court in 2007 that established a moving boundary.

Dougherty, who is also Legal Director of the OEC Environmental Law Center, said a point of law beside the public access issue is at stake in the case.

He said the appeals court’s ruling, in effect, deprives the office of attorney general of legal standing in the case.

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The Northwest Ohio Carpenter’s Union has lent a hand for a charity project in

Stony Ridge.

Apprentices helped with a house that has been taken on as a rehab project by the community and nearby churches. The union is based in Rossford.

The “Stony Ridge Community Rehab Project” was developed to help a woman in the village who needed major renovations done for her home. The home belongs to Natalie St. Arnaud, a shut-in member of St. John's Lutheran Church and lifelong resident of Stony Ridge.

Joining in the forces are church members from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, Stony Ridge Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Latcha.

St. John’s Lutheran Church and members of the community formed a steering committee that met with the St. Arnaud’s family, toured the house, assessed the needs and came up with the projected amount of money needed for the project, said Nancy Gerwin, a volunteer overseeing the project. Gerwin called the union coordinator, Mike Ball, to offer the opportunity for carpentry apprentices to get involved.

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The Lake Township trustees may ask the Ohio Department of Transportation to reconsider its proposal to lower the speed limit on State Route 51 to 50 MPH and instead lower the limit to 45 MPH, a trustee said last week.

At the request of the trustees, ODOT recently conducted a speed study of the stretch of Rt. 51 in the township and came up with several proposals for enhancing safety, including establishing a no-passing zone between Cason Street and Millbury Road and lowering the speed limit to 50 MPH from Pemberville Road east to the township limits at Fostoria Road.

The current speed limit is 55 MPH.

Trustee Richard Welling said he and the other trustees will be monitoring the frequency of accidents on Route 51 and make an additional request to lower the speed limit if there isn’t a decline.

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On July 2, Northwood City council voted 6-1 against renewing contract negotiations with a company that provides the city’s speed van, a mobile vehicle that issues citations to motorists for speeding.

But at a meeting Aug. 27, Police Chief Tom Cairl made a pitch to continue negotiations with Redflex Safety Solutions, of Arizona, to continue providing a van equipped with a camera that targets Northwood streets with a high incidence of speeding.

The contract on the speed van expires in January.

The city also has stationary speed and red light photo enforcement cameras that have been installed at the intersections of Lemoyne and Woodville roads and Oregon and Wales roads since 2005. The city is also negotiating with Redflex to renew its contract on the stationary cameras.

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Hoping to build on the momentum from the recent creation of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) at Metcalf airfield, the Lake Township trustees last week approved an initiative aimed at spurring job growth.

The initiative focuses primarily on the transportation industry, said Richard Welling, a township trustee.

“We decided we wanted to taker more of a leadership role in promoting business and creating jobs,” he said. “We have the airport, rail yards, truck terminals, and interstates. We want to take advantage of that and try to create some jobs.”

A link to the township’s Web site is being developed to offer area businesses a networking center for posting job openings and related information.

In addition, Welling said the trustees intend to take a more aggressive role in assisting local businesses with seeking grants and other incentives.

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