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        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.

        Community reinvestment, streamlined regulations, and stable finances and infrastructure projects were among last year’s highlights of Northwood Mayor Ed Schimmel’s State of the City address.

        The city administration set into motion a community-generated vision to redevelop the former Woodville Mall site, which he called “our largest eyesore.” The city also developed plans to improve Brentwood Park, and completely altered regulations to stimulate new development opportunities along Woodville Road.

        “A just-inked School Travel Plan will now provide students with solutions that will allow them, for the first time ever, to walk and bike safely to their new school,” he said.

        The city’s finances, he said, are in good shape, with stable general revenues and income taxes.

        To backers of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights ballot initiative, its passage Tuesday by voters in Toledo marks an historic turn in how a community regards the lake and its entire ecosystem.

        LEBOR grants legal rights to the Great Lake and its watershed as an amendment to the city’s charter. According to those who pushed for it to be on the ballot, it will be the first U.S. law of its kind.

         Area counties, townships and municipalities could see their revenues from Ohio’s gasoline tax almost double by fiscal year 2024 if a proposed increase by Gov. Mike DeWine is enacted.

        Gov. DeWine unveiled his proposed transportation budget (HB 62) recently to the House of Representatives, including an 18-cent motor vehicle user fee increase with future increases tied to inflation.



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