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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.

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Genoa Village Council will meet in special session tonight (April 26) to discuss whether to investigate a possible misappropriation of public funds.

Councilman Eric Hise, who asked for the special meeting, said Sunday that he wants council to look into a position held by a person working at village hall.

Hise would not name the person or detail specifics such as hours and pay until council meets. However, he said the person performs clerical work as well as part-time tax work.

“The job started as part of a county thing, being placed here. But it was supposed to end in January 2009 and the person is still here,” Hise said.

The problem, he claimed, is there have been no ordinances regarding hiring or pay brought before council; yet the person remains on the payroll.

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A hearing is scheduled for April 30 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in the case of a Woodville woman seeking to have her driving privileges re-instated after being convicted in 1993 of aggravated vehicular homicide.

The hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. before Judge Bruce Winters and could determine if Terri Camp should be re-issued a license.

She pled guilty to the aggravated vehicular homicide charge and served 10 years of a 4 to 10-year sentence that permanently revoked her driving privileges. Ronald Miller, 14, died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash on State Route 51 in Clay Township.

State law allows motorists who’ve had their licenses suspended for life to file a motion with the sentencing court to modify or terminate the suspension after 15 years from the start of the suspension if certain requirements are met.

Camp’s case has caused a stir in the community and stimulated heated discussions on blog sites and elsewhere.

Included with her motion is a petition signed by 99 Woodville residents supporting her and noting her participation in a 12-step program called Healing, Encouraging, Abstinence, and Recovery Through Sobriety (HEARTS). She had previous drunk driving convictions.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period by 30 days on the draft wastewater discharge (NPDES) permit for FirstEnergy’s Bay Shore power plant.

The comment period deadline is now May 29 instead of April 29.

Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA, said the extension was made at the request of Oregon City Council, as well as from some members of the public.

Oregon Council passed a resolution introduced by Council member Sandy Bihn requesting the extension last month.

The draft wastewater discharge permit consists primarily of the plant’s non-contact cooling water. The permit sets limits on contaminants in the plant’s discharge to Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay. The draft permit action is a proposed renewal of the plant’s existing wastewater discharge permit, which is valid for five years and must be renewed to remain valid.

The draft permit also imposes requirements on the plant’s cooling water intake system that are expected to reduce fish mortality that results from the impingement and entrainment (I&E) of fish in the intake structure.

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Roads, rail crossings closing for repairs
The Ottawa County engineer’s office has announced the closure of roads and rail crossings for repairs.

Salem-Carroll Road, between Benton-Carroll Road and State Route 19, will be closed to through traffic starting April 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 27.

The road will be open only to emergency traffic and buses.

Norfolk and Southern Railroad plans to close Toussaint-Portage Road, from Christiansen Road to Salem-Carroll Road and Cullman Road, from Portage South Road to State Route 19, for crossing repairs.

The closures are expected to be in effect April 26 to April 30.

The roads won’t be open to any traffic, including emergency and bus traffic.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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