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The Press Newspaper

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Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson and Zoning/Economic Development Director Kimberly Vaculik have met with the Northwestern Water & Sewer District to discuss plans for a proposed sanitary sewer overflow storage tank between Curtice Road and Wise Street to look for ways to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the public.

“They still have to go before the Planning Commission,” Anderson said of the District. “We haven’t seen the final site plan yet.”

Some residents are opposed to the tank, saying they are concerned it might emit an odor, or that it would lower property values.

But the city, which contracts with the District for water and sewer services from Toledo and Oregon, have no choice in the matter. “We’re trying to get the best deal that we can,” said Anderson.

Oregon has an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to make improvements to its sanitary sewer system that in turn affects the district, which can now only allow 5 million gallons sewage and storm water per day to run into Oregon for treatment. That is not a problem under dry weather conditions. But during heavy rains, Northwood exceeds the 5 million gallon per day limit. The District reviewed the flow over 18 months and determined the 5 million gallons per day threshold was exceeded 60 times.

“It’s part of our contract with the City of Oregon, which treats the flow,” Tom Stalter, manager of engineering at the District, told The Press last week. “We have to do this. It’s up to us to figure out how. But we have to put this in.”

The Luckey Branch Library, 228 Main St., will celebrate 25 years with an open house April 16 from 5-8 p.m.

The dream began June 20, 1988 when 14 members met and formed the Luckey Area Library Movement, Inc. (LALM) – a community support group seeking to establish a town library to serve the village of Luckey, population 870.

The group included Harley and Donna Jacobs, Lowen and Betty Meyers, Irma and Lloyd Meyers, Jim and Beverly Jacobs, Dale and Jean Gross, Art and Isabelle Helm, Don and Jan Morrison and Don Overmeyer. Their first goal was to renovate an empty meat market in the village.

A $10,000 fundraising campaign began to raise needed remodeling funds. “Bee for a Library” was the theme that drew townsfolk together. Residents and businesses displayed yellow ribbons to show support.

One of the first sizable donations came from the Village Council. Many local organizations followed with donations including Modern Woodmen Life Insurance Company, Luckey Kiwanis, Zion United Methodist Church, Faith United Methodist Church, The Exchange Bank, Marsh Funeral Home, D-C Ranch, Jacobs Trucking, The Country Inn, Jacobs Market, Luckey Legion, the Lutheran Brotherhood and retired Luckey entrepreneurs, Glen and Helen Grover. As community enthusiasm grew, individual donations increased.

Area businessman Wayne Schulte, the owner of the future library site, agreed to a two-year lease at $1 a month, with an option to buy. Renovation plans were made.

Slowly, but surely the building began to take shape. Walls were removed, ceilings lowered and wallboard installed and painted by LALM volunteers. Book shelving and other library supplies were purchased at various public auctions.

Eight flow meters have been installed in Oregon that will help determine the extent of sewer rehabilitation for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project Phase 4.

The flow monitoring data will be used to give the city a better idea of where storm water Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) is coming from, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The flow monitors have been installed in the Moundview, Woodville Heights, and East Hollywood subdivisions. The sewers are located within the Wheeling Street Sanitary Sewer District and flow to the 15” sanitary sewer on Woodville Road. The areas are scheduled for sanitary sewer rehabilitation in 2016 as part of the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project, Phase 4.

Flow monitoring is expected to continue through the end of June, contingent upon sufficient wet weather events during that time period.

To reduce or eliminate excessive storm water I&I from getting into the city’s waste water collection system, a program of flow monitoring, video detection, and smoke testing was established in 2008 to identify I&I sources.

Phase 4 of the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project is a continuation of the required sanitary sewer rehabilitation for the city’s wastewater treatment plant’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

City council recently approved a contract with Jones & Henry Engineers, Toledo, to provide engineering services to install, operate and monitor the flow meters for $34,460. Jones & Henry has previously done similar work for the city on several occasions.

Woodmore school officials are continuing with public informal meetings to explain the district’s financial situation and two levy issue requests on the May ballot.

The sessions began in March and are scheduled to continue until May 4 – the day before district voters decide a request for a new 0.75 percent tax on earned income for 10 years and renewal of a $600,000, 5-year property tax.

The next meetings are set for:
• April 12 at Woodmore High School at 4 p.m.
• April 21 at Granny’s Kitchen at 7 a.m.
• April 29 at the Elmore Library at 2 p.m.
• May 4 at the Portage Inn at 5 p.m.

If approved, the earned income tax is projected to generate about $1.05 million annually and would stave off approximately $625,752 in spending cuts that would cover at least seven teachers, a nurse, a counselor, a custodian and coaches and advisors.

Fees to participate in extra-curricular activities would also be increased.

Busing would also be eliminated for high school students and students in kindergarten through the eighth grade who live within two miles of school. The reduced busing service would result in three bus drivers being let go.

Most 6-year-olds can recognize a Monarch butterfly and by the seventh grade have learned the stages of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, says naturalist Dana Bollin.

“Amazingly, even the most un-tree-hugger-like adults will begrudgingly admit some knowledge of the migratory and survival strategy of monarchs,” Bollin said. “Monarchs are so cosmopolitan, bold, and obvious that we have completely taken them for granted.”

Bollin says for centuries, ancient cultures as diverse as the Chinese, Egyptians, and pre-Hispanic Mexicans used the butterfly to represent resurrection.

“The process of metamorphosis offered a comforting explanation of life and death, symbolized by the seeming ‘death’ of the caterpillar as it changed into a chrysalis; and it’s ‘rebirth’ into a new form as the adult (butterfly),” Bollin said.

“For modern Mexicans, this belief — death being only a new phase in life — is reinforced by the annual return of the Monarch butterfly to their wintering grounds. The Monarchs’ arrival is just in time to help celebrate Dia De Los Muertos — The Day of the Dead, and announce the visit of souls of the dearly departed. Further mystical or religious significance occurs with the Monarch’s mass exodus concluding on or about Easter, as the butterflies take with them the souls of the recently deceased.”

Yet, in Ohio and elsewhere, Monarchs are becoming fewer in number because their primary food source, milkweed, is disappearing. The female monarch lays her eggs on milkweed, the only plant the caterpillars will eat.

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