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Recipients of easements in the latest round of the Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program are expected to be announced in mid-July, the Ohio Department of Agriculture announced last week.

About $6.25 million in Clean Ohio funds are to be distributed.

More than 200 farm property owners, including nine from Wood, Lucas, and Sandusky counties, have submitted applications to the department of agriculture to be included in the easement purchase program that preserves land in perpetuity for agricultural use.

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The cost of water rates in northern Wood County will be discussed at a public forum June 4 at the Rossford Public Library.

The forum, which will start at 7 p.m., is being hosted by Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown and State Representative Randy Gardner.

They described the forum as “fact-finding” in nature, saying they want to hear from Rossford and area residents regarding water contract issues with the City of Toledo as well as water rate hikes that have hit other communities in that part of the county.

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The Libertarian Party of Ohio has begun organizing efforts in Wood County and will hold a public development meeting June 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Wood County Library main branch in Bowling Green.

Members of the party will present an overview of the party’s plans and its position on current issues.

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Just two months after Jerusalem Township Trustees Joe Gray and Rodney Graffis eliminated reimbursement of training costs for elected officials to save money, Gray and Graffis agreed to reimburse a part-time trustees’ assistant to attend a zoning seminar.

Karen Rogalski will get reimbursed by the township for out-of-town training costs.

Rogalski, who retired as assistant to the trustees last December, was rehired recently by Gray and Graffis. Rogalski had retired because she was eligible to receive her Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

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Oregon Councilman Mike Seferian has taken out petitions to run for the mayor’s office this November.

“As a councilman, I’m more administratively bound,” said Seferian, who ran for mayor in 2001, but lost to Marge Brown. “The mayor orchestrates what happens now. Sometimes I may overextend my bounds as a councilman and actually want to be an administrator instead of a legislator. I really think that’s more of who I am.”

Seferian has been on council for nine terms. The experience has made him more prepared to  be mayor, he said.

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