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       Oregon City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Volunteer to act as the city’s natural gas supplier for a 24 month period.

        The city is a charter member of the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (NOAC), which was formed in 2003 after legislation permitted aggregation by governments of gas and electric purchases to cut costs for consumers. Since 2003, NOAC has saved residents and small businesses millions in natural gas bills versus the Columbia Gas tariff price.

       State Representative Steve Arndt, R – Port Clinton, has provided testimony to a bill that would   provide local authority over “junk” watercraft similar to that covering junk vehicles.

        Arndt told the House State and Local Government Committee that he’s sponsoring House Bill 74 at the urging of rural residents in his district.

        The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld a prison sentence for a man who had been on judicial release after being convicted of making phone threats to schools in Lucas and Ottawa counties.

        The appeals court ruled that the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court didn’t err in revoking community control probation sanctions for Charles Tingler and instead impose the prison sentence.

        Governor Mike DeWine last week outlined his H2Ohio water quality initiative, which he is introducing as part of his proposed budget for the 2020-2021 biennium.

        “Water is vital to everyone, yet communities throughout the state face real and different challenges, such as algae blooms, failing septic tanks, nutrient pollution, and threats of lead contamination,” Gov. DeWine said. “We cannot continue to lurch from water crisis to water crisis. I am proposing an H2Ohio initiative that would allow us to invest in targeted, long-term solutions to ensure safe and clean water across the state of Ohio.”

    Last week, local lawmakers welcomed remarks from Gov. Mike DeWine signaling a renewed focus on addressing algae blooms and the health of Lake Erie.

        “We need a leader who will help restore the partnership between the state and our local communities to better solve problems and protect our greatest natural resource,” said State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson, who was President of Toledo City Council during the 2014 Toledo crisis, when a toxic algae bloom left nearly 500,000 Toledo area residents without clean water. “I am encouraged that the governor wants to make the health of our lake a priority, and we look forward to working with him to do just that.”

        During his address, Gov. DeWine said his administration will prioritize and provide funding for Lake Erie. He also announced the creation of the “H2Ohio” fund to address issues with clean drinking water.



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