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        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.

        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.



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