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        Oregon City Council recently approved the purchase of four vehicles for the police division.

        The city purchased two 2019 Chevy Tahoe and two 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles from Dunn Chevy Buick for $137,041. That amount was reduced to $133,541 due to a trade-in credit

        The funds to purchase the vehicles had been allocated in the 2019 municipal budget.

        Police Chief Mike Navarre said the original intent was to purchase four Ford Interceptor marked vehicles, which are SUVs the police division has used for the last four years. Navarre found out at the end of the year that Ford would be redesigning the vehicle, and that they would not be available until the end of 2019 or possibly 2020. The police division did not want to wait that long.

        With the first 800 plants harvested at its 55,000-square-foot facility in Gibsonburg, Standard Wellness is beginning the process of bringing its first batch of medical marijuana to market.

        It’s expected to take a few weeks for the plants to fully dry, cure and pass lab testing.

        The process starts with removal of fan leaves prior to cutting down the plants in the greenhouse. Plants are then weighed and placed on harvest carts to be moved into a climate-controlled drying room for 7-10 days, said Brandon Lynaugh, director of external relations.

       The Lake Township administration is asking the Wood County prosecutor’s office to review a transcript of a township zoning hearing held last May.

        Mark Hummer, township administrator, said during Tuesday’s meeting of the township trustees, that a copy of a court reporter transcript of the zoning hearing has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office to clarify stipulations imposed by the township on a request to rezone property along Woodville Road.

        A motion filed by the Benton Township trustees for summary judgment to block certain operations at a township quarry has been granted by Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters.

        In his ruling, the judge wrote that Rocky Ridge Development, LLC, was digging pits in agriculturally-zoned land and mixing spent lime from the City of Toledo water treatment plant and burying it in the pits.

        “This activity does not constitute a permitted use under the Benton Township zoning regulations in an A-3 (agriculture) district although defendants (Rocky Ridge Development) are properly engaged in the activity in the M-3 (heavy industrial) district,” Judge Winters wrote. “The court finds by clear and convincing evidence that a permanent injunction is necessary to prevent irreparable harm and that plaintiff does not have an equitable remedy at law. Thus, the motion for summary judgment filed by Benton Township is granted.”

       Oregon council approved an agreement with ARCADIS U.S. Inc., of Toledo, to provide engineering services for the preliminary design for a wastewater treatment plant ultraviolet disinfection system for $75,000.

        Oregon currently uses chlorine gas to disinfect secondary effluent - wastewater effluent after it’s been treated, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

        Studies have shown that the reaction of chlorine with organic materials in the water form carcinogenic trihalomethanes and organochlorines, according to the EPA. As a result, dechlorination was instituted to remove residual chlorine from wastewater prior to discharge.



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