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This Week in Government-9/2/13
Written by Larry Limpf   
Monday, 09 September 2013 09:04

Zoning change for Woodville Rd. parcels sought
The Lake Township trustees will hold a zoning hearing Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. to consider an application filed by Michelle Scaggs, of Triple Star Home Improvement, who is requesting a change from the current B-1 neighborhood business classification to B-3 highway business for five lots at the intersection of Walbridge, Mathews, and Woodville roads.

An application to rezone another parcel in the township from agricultural to light industrial will go into effect within 30 days with the trustees last week approving a request from Bruce Hoyt, president of Michigan Protein.

He plans to use the property, located at the corner of Walbridge and E. Broadway, for storage tanks that will be used in the recycling of biodegradable oils for restaurant use.

Hoyt told the trustees the business is regulated by the departments of agriculture in Ohio and Michigan and if there is a sufficient market for his business he intends to make several improvements to the site, including constructing a pole barn to house the tanks and related equipment.

The Wood County Planning Commission had previously issued a non-binding approval of the requested zoning change.


Water, sewer board changes
The board of trustees of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District will undergo a few changes due to the deaths of two board members and the resignation of another.

Michael Scott, Rossford, was appointed Thursday morning to the board to fill the unexpired term of John Current, who died earlier this year.

Jerry Greiner, director of the district, said Scott had resolutions of support from 10 of the 12 member municipalities, who were responsible for filling the vacant position.

Scott has been a financial services consultant at Austin & Associates, Toledo, and recently resigned his elected city council seat in Rossford to take the seat on the district board of trustees.

His term will expire in December 2014.

Another board member, Alex Molner, died about two weeks ago and last week board member Adam Seibert resigned due to a change in employment.

The board consists of nine members. Three are appointed by the 12 municipalities in the district and three are appointed by the 20 townships in the district. The Wood County Commissioners also appoint three.

Currently the board members are finishing 2-, 4- and 6-year terms which will change to overlapping 3-year terms in the future, Greiner said.

The board is responsible for overseeing policy and operations of the district, which serves about  15,000 customers.


Population trends to be discussed
Demographic trends and population projections for Ohio counties will be the subject of a webinar hosted by the County Commissioners Association of Ohio Sept. 11

The webinar will explain trends expected to take place between 2010 and 2040 and focus on projections for population growth and decline in metropolitan areas and regions of the state. The impact of birth and death rates and migration into and out of the state will also be discussed as well as the impact of the baby boom generation.

Steve Kelley, senior economist and research manager in the Office of Research for the Ohio Development Service Agency, is the speaker.

More information is available on the association’s website.

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