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Oregon City Council unanimously agreed at a meeting April 26 to create the full-time position of “environmental specialist” for three years to develop, implement, coordinate and manage the city’s Stormwater Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) Reduction Program.
The program is a requirement of the city’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit that must be established by June, 2012, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
The position will also help the department with other environmental issues related to the wastewater treatment plant’s NPDES permit requirements, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency stormwater phase II regulations, Wolf Creek Riparian Corridor project and Big Ditch Wetland Mitigation documentation, inspection, and reporting, according to Roman.
The main reason to create the position instead of hiring a consultant is to save money by not paying overhead and profit, as well as travel expenses to a company or firm, according to Roman.
Voters in the Woodmore Local School District Tuesday will decide 2.99-mill, 5-year emergency levy to cover the cost of operating expenses.
If passed, the levy would generate about $450,000 annually, according to district figures.
The levy would replace a 4-mill levy scheduled to expire at the end of the year.
Voters in Sandusky County will see a 0.8-mill, 5-year additional property tax levy on the ballot. If approved, it would be used to fund mental health counseling and related services for children and adults.
The townships of Ballville, Madison, Rice, Townsend, Riley, Woodville, Green Creek, York, Scott, Washington, Jackson, and Sandusky will have electric aggregation issues on their ballots.
Townships that approve aggregation will be allowed to form buying pools for purchasing electrical power.
Residents who don’t want to be included in a pool will be allowed to opt out if the measure is passed in his or her township.
Four Waite High School graduates were honored as Distinguished Alumni at the 46th Annual Purple and Gold Dinner celebration held April 17 at St. Michael Centre, Oregon.
The 2010 inductees included Romules L. Durant, class of 1994 (education and community service); Victor Kissoff, class of 1954 (business and community service); Michael D. Lorton, class of 1972 (medicine, law and community service); and Stanly R. Starkey, class of 1965 (business and community service).
Dr. Romulus L. Durant was born to Benjamin and Carolynne Durant on Dec. 11, 1975. He and his siblings became very involved in athletics, helping his parents, who coached at both Franklin and Birmingham elementary schools.
He played most of his little league football for the East Side Raiders, where he became known for wearing his jersey labeled “Hit Man.”
At Waite, he earned multiple awards for athletics as a three-year varsity letterman and two-year captain. His prowess earned him team awards of “Best Linebacker” and “Most Valuable Defensive Player” three times. In addition, he was twice voted All-City and All-District Teams, and also received All-Ohio distinction for his play as a middle linebacker. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Toledo, where he was a four-year varsity letter winner and was twice awarded the Jon Binder Award, given for exemplifying true heart and courage.
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.
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