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Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:55

 Ottawa County - Dems to make interim appointments

  
Interim appointments for the positions of county recorder and county clerk of courts are on the agenda of the Nov. 8 meeting of the Ottawa County Democratic Party Central Committee.

The committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the activities room of the Riverview Care Center, State Route 163.

Jennifer Wilkins, clerk of the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, recently announced her resignation and Virginia Park, county recorder, has announced she will be retiring.

Both announcements went into effect Oct. 31, according to Dan Laity, who chairs the county party.

The county commissioners on Oct. 23 appointed Gary Kohli as acting clerk of courts until the party appoints someone to fill her unexpired term.

Last week, the commissioners appointed Veronica Reed as acting recorder.

Laity said the meeting is open to the public but only central committee members may vote on the appointments.


Davis-Besse hearing 
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hear oral arguments Nov. 5-6 on a new contention in the Davis-Besse nuclear plant relicensing hearing.

The contention alleges cracks in the plant’s shield building should be considered “an aging-related feature” that would preclude renewing the plant’s operating license for an additional 20 years.

The contention was filed by Beyond Nuclear, Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don’t Waste Michigan, and the Green Party of Ohio.

The organizations contend that the Davis-Besse nuclear plant presents undue risk to the environments of Ohio, Michigan and the Canadian Province of Ontario and that mitigation in the event of a severe accident is grossly inadequate

The oral arguments will discuss whether the board should admit the contention.

The board will also consider a motion by FirstEnergy, the plant’s operator, to dismiss the separate contention challenging the company’s analysis of accident mitigation alternatives analysis.

The hearing, which starts at 9 a.m., will be held in the common pleas courtroom of the Lucas County Courthouse, 700 Adams St., Toledo.

Only attorneys for the organizations intervening in the case, Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff, and FirstEnergy will be allowed to participate.

The public may attend but signs, banners, posters or other displays will not be permitted in the courtroom.

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