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Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer said one goal he has for 2010 is to have a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system operating by March.

The township trustees in December approved an agreement with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for a police records management and CAD system for a three-year period beginning this month.

The cost is $47,000. Chief Hummer said the township has secured a grant from the Law Enforcement Terrorist Prevention Program to help pay for the system. The balance will come from a subsidy from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and Northwest Ohio Regional Information System.

With the new equipment, officers will be able to file reports from their patrol vehicles and be able to communicate directly with officers from other area departments equipped with CAD systems.

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Real estate developer R. Scott Dobson is dreaming big — whether or not he can
make his dream come true depends on if any investors will believe in his plan.

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The 1967 Eastwood graduate, educated at Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University, now makes his permanent home in Maine. Dobson is trying to piece together a $100 million project that would include up to 25 windmill turbines to provide green energy to the Midwest electrical grid.

These windmills would be bigger and more efficient than the windmills currently located off U.S. Route 6 near Bowling Green, he says. The BG turbines are partly where his idea sprang from. 

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The Ohio Environmental Protection will hold a public information session and hearing next Thursday on a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the annual dredging of the Toledo Harbor federal navigational channel.

The Corps, in Buffalo, N.Y., applied for a water quality certification for the project, which includes the Maumee River and lake approach channel. If approved by the Ohio EPA, the Corps would dredge approximately 2 million cubic yards of sediment annually between 2010-2012. About 1.9 million cubic yards of material would be dumped in the open lake area of Lake Erie, a practice that has long been opposed by the agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and local environmental activists. The remaining 100,000 cubic yards would be placed into the confined disposal facility in the lake, according to Dina Pierce, spokesperson for the Ohio EPA.

Last year, the Corps were authorized to dump up to 900,000 cubic yards of sediment in the open lake, said Pierce.

“The request this time is quite a bit larger,” she added.

The Corps must dredge the channel every year to keep Toledo Harbor open to shipping.

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The City of Oregon has received local as well as out of state resumes for the position of city administrator, though most came from across the country.

The position became available after former Administrator Ken Filipiak, who had worked for the city for 10 years, announced his resignation to take the job as city manager of Mentor, Ohio soon after Mayor Mike Seferian defeated Mayor Marge Brown last November.

Those interested in filling the administrator’s position include:
• Dr. Thomas M. Brown, former mayor of Port Clinton;
• Lavell D. Craven, a police officer from Hyattsville, Maryland;
• Michelle L. Bowens, director of finance with the city of Vermilion, Ohio;
• Denis L. Fligor, director of public safety and service, Fostoria, Ohio;
• David W. Metzger, public works and services supervisor in the City of Eastpointe, Michigan;
• Ben South, a municipal manager from Canon City, Colorado;
• David Flaisher, a township supervisor from West Bloomfield, Michigan;
• David B. Kroma, who has worked in various city of Toledo departments;
• Richard J. Waugh, mayor of Heath, Ohio and a former councilman;
• James C. Payne, who has worked in local government administration for over 25 years, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico;

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Six years ago, people without transportation found it difficult to get to the doctor’s office or hospital for medical appointments. Then came Care-Van, a non-profit service that provides transportation for people in local communities to their health care providers, thanks to donations from a group of doctors, nurses, and others unrelated to the medical field.

Care-Van has seen an increase in demand by those who have no other way to get to and from their medical appointments, according to Dr. Erol D. Riza, one of the people who helped establish the service.

Donations from the medical staff at St. Charles Mercy Hospital, small businesses and individuals financially supported the service. Last year, the program got a boost in the arm with a $30,000 grant from the United Way of Greater Toledo.

“All these different groups joined to help people who have no other way to get to their appointments,” said Riza. It particularly helps people on a limited income, he said.

“When people get checks from Medicare, what will they spend it for, a taxi cab, food, or a run to the doctor’s? At least we are helping them in that way,” he said.

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