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Former Councilwoman Sandy Bihn urged city officials on Monday to support the need for federal standards for acceptable levels of microcystin in the water.
The acceptable level of microcystin in drinking water is 1 part per billion, according to the World Health Organization, but there are no state or federal standards.
The issue has been heightened since microcystin, produced by blue green algal blooms in Lake Erie, was detected at 3 parts per billion in a sample taken at Toledo’s water treatment on Aug. 2 that prompted an advisory against drinking tap water for three days. Microcystin at levels exceeding 1 part per billion can cause abnormal liver function in humans and animals and can be lethal.
Supreme Court hears protection order case
Oral arguments were heard Wednesday by the Ohio Supreme Court in a case that centers on a civil stalking protection order issued against a Clay Township man.
At issue is whether state law requires a victim to actually experience mental distress or only believe that the stalker will cause the victim physical harm or mental distress, for a court to issue a protection order.
The Ottawa County Common Pleas Court agreed in 2011 with a request by Dorothy Fondessy for a protection order against her neighbor on N. Genoa-Clay Center Road, Tony Simon. The order, which is in effect for five years, directs Simon to stay at least 25 feet away from Fondessy and her husband, Wayne, and not have contact with them.
Tree houses and dog kennel construction are ramping up zoning trouble in the Village of Genoa.
Village council and its planning committee will be reviewing proposed zoning text amendments regarding the structures in the next few months, Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said following Monday night’s regular meeting.
The zoning text needs to be more specific regarding the dog kennels, he said.
Northwood this year is facing a 400 percent increase in the cost of road salt compared to last year’s price.
In 2013, the city paid less than $33 per ton. This year, the lowest bid is over $136 a ton, said City Administrator Bob Anderson.
“Although local stockpiles may be down, this is more than a 400 percent increase for a commodity that is not in short supply nationally and whose price will come down as local stockpiles are replenished,” he said.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) coordinates the bidding process so that any government entity that wants to be part of a much larger group can do so.
Oregon has been proactive in its efforts to reduce toxins going into Lake Erie. Some of the programs that will help improve water quality include the Oregon Flood Relief and Erosion Control Project, the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, and the bio-retention facility community demonstration project.
In 2012, the city received a grant for the construction of a bio-retention storm water demonstration project at the municipal complex.
The creation of four large bio-retention cells along the existing parking lots at the City's South Recreation Complex, located off of Starr Extension, are considered an innovative storm water improvement that combines water quality benefits as well as runoff reduction. The bio-retention cells have native Ohio plants and grasses that help initiate processes that remove pollutants from parking lot runoff. The cells are created with an engineered soil mix and planted with specific plants that help to either trap or uptake storm water contaminants, as well as reduce runoff volumes during rain events. The system will benefit Wolf Creek by improving the water quality discharged to the creek from the site, as well as reducing flow volumes from the parking lots.
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