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        A bill that would establish a single payer health care plan in Ohio that would universally cover medical, dental and vision services to residents has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature.

        State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) introduced the Ohio Health Security Act. Payments to health care providers for all eligible benefits would be made from a single public fund, called the Ohio Health Care Fund.

         “Even with the progress we’ve made, too many in Ohio are still struggling to get the care they need when they need it. It’s time for a change,” said Fedor. “Let’s face it. We all need healthcare at some point in our lives, and we shouldn’t have to mortgage our future to get it. Under the Ohio Health Security Act, every eligible Ohioan will be free to choose the plan and doctors that work best for their families without breaking the bank.”

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $4,556,900 to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to improve the water quality of the state’s rivers and streams.

       The funding is awarded under the Clean Water Act, which authorizes the EPA to provide grant money to states to implement nonpoint pollution control programs. Nonpoint source pollution, unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, comes from land runoff, precipitation, drainage and other diffuse sources. Nonpoint pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants before being deposited into lakes, rivers, wetlands, and ground waters.

         Oregon City Council last week approved a Special Use Permit that allows commercial vehicle and semi-trailer parking at 1010 N. Wynn Road.

        The applicant was Clarence Brooks Jr., of Asphalt Materials, Inc., the owner, Robert McDonald.

        A public hearing on the matter was held on Oct. 23 that was extended to Monday.

        “It was continued today so they could give us a more accurate site plan,” said Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building/zoning.

        The Oregon Planning Commission at a public hearing on Sept. 19 voted 5-0 to recommend the Special Use Permit in an A-1 Agricultural zoned district with the condition that council could specify the designated area for the trailer parking.

        Louis S. Kovacs beat three contenders on Tuesday to become the new municipal court judge in Oregon.

        He replaces Oregon Municipal Court Judge Jeffrey B. Keller, who is retiring.

        Friction continues between the chairman of the Ottawa County Board of Building Standards and the administration of the county’s health department and some members of its board.

        In a recent letter to township trustees throughout the county, Larry Durivage, who chairs the building standards board, urges them to take a more pro-active role in the appointment process of health board members.




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