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Oregon City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Tetra Tech, Inc., Toledo, to provide professional engineering services for the design of the old Millard Bridge replacement project over Otter Creek for $139,600.
Public Service Director Paul Roman said the older bridge is much lower in elevation just off Otter Creek Road, but is still used.
“There are a couple of properties that use it. We are obligated to keep the bridge open. We have used this bridge as a secondary route for superloads going to BP-Husky and so on. Certainly, we need to replace it. We do want to build it for superloads,” he said.
The Oregon Planning Commission at a meeting in September recommended approval of a zoning change request by the Oregon Economic Development Foundation on 40 acres of property just south of Wynnscape Industrial Park to attract commercial and industrial development.
The Foundation is the economic development arm of the City of Oregon, which contributes funds to its budget.
The Foundation requested the zoning change from A-1 Agricultural District Zoning to C-I Commercial-Industrial District Zoning on the parcel at 700 N. Wynn Road.
Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko said last week additional parking off Main Street is needed and he intends to push for the demolition of the village’s former administration building to provide that space.
“That’s the direction we’re moving and it is something that I’m asking council to strongly consider,” he said. “I think there is more value in having that space available for parking. The village incurs an expense monthly to maintain that building with utilities and insurance costs even though it is vacant.”
The administration offices were moved this spring from the building at 111 N. Main Street to a building at 705 N. Main, which had been owned by Main Street United Brethren in Christ, Inc.
Two state legislators have asked the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to have a representative attend an Oct. 3 meeting in Benton Township where plans for a local quarry to accept spent lime from the City of Toledo’s water treatment plant will be discussed.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the former Graytown Elementary School, 1661 N. Walker St.
In a letter to Craig Butler, the Ohio EPA’s director, Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Steve Arndt ask for an EPA employee to attend “to listen to questions and concerns from local government officials and residents.”
A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be used to outfit members of the Madison Township-Gibsonburg Volunteer Fire Department with new turnout gear, the department chief said last week.
Chief Marty Brown said the grant of $115,029 and match of $5,751 from the department will outfit the department’s 44 firefighters.
“The protection of our firefighters is of primary importance to our department leaders. Our goal to protect the lives and property of township and village residents and visitors cannot be successful if we don’t provide quality protective gear to our firefighters. The provision of such gear would not be possible without the tremendous assistance provided by this FEMA grant,” the chief said.
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