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       Three local fire departments plan to jointly apply for a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund an assessment of their personnel needs.

        Departments in Lake Township and the cities of Northwood and Rossford are seeking a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the agency, Bruce Moritz, the township fire chief, said Tuesday during the township trustees’ meeting.

        If the grant is approved, it will be used to pay for a consulting firm to study the departments’ service calls and staff levels, the chief said.

        State Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) and State Representative Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton), proposed a series of clean water and conservation initiatives they think will get Ohio on track to reduce nutrient loading into Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.

        The representatives proposed the plan at the Ottawa County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Lake Erie Forum at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.

         Since the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced on March 22 that it planned to designate the open waters of Lake Erie’s Western Basin as impaired for recreation due to harmful algae and the presence of mycrocystin, reaction has been mostly positive from some environmental groups and public officials.

        Before they head to the polls on May 8, voters in the Woodmore Local School District will have the opportunity to ask questions of the administration about the district’s finances and a 3-mill, 5-year permanent improvement levy that will be up for renewal.

        Financial forums are scheduled for April 17 at the PreK-8 building and on April 26 at the high school library. Both forums will start at 6 p.m.

        Even though FirstEnergy Solutions filed a deactivation notice last week for three nuclear power plants, the company also called for state lawmakers to enact legislation that would make it feasible to continue operations.

        FES, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., on Wednesday notified PJM Interconnection, a regional transmission organization, that two nuclear power plants in Ohio, including the Davis-Besse plant, and one in Pennsylvania will be deactivated over the next three years.

 

 

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