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        Financial assistance is available from the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund to help Ottawa County households repair or replace faulty septic systems.

        Nancy Osborn, health commissioner, said the health department is seeking qualified applicants for the program, which is administered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

        The Wood County Sheriff's Office has updated an earlier alert that it was seeking assistance in apprehending Franklin Paul Damon, Jr., on a charge of felony escape. Damon has been found.

        Damon was an inmate at the Northwest Community Correction Center following his conviction in  Wood County Common Pleas Court on a charge of gross sexual imposition.

        Oregon City Council earlier this month approved a resolution requesting that the State of Ohio provide the public with annual reports on Lake Erie nutrient reduction and to require new and expanding livestock operations’ manure to meet the same requirements as commercial fertilizer.

        Oregon, Toledo, Carroll Township, and Ottawa County are incurring increased costs for treatment, monitoring, and facilities because of the continuing threat of harmful algae - related toxins, according to the resolution.

        “This is in response to the algal bloom this year in Lake Erie, which is the third largest out of the last five years,” said Councilwoman Sandy Bihn, who introduced the resolution to council. Bihn is executive director of Lake Erie Waterkeeper Inc. “We’ve had four record years. The data from Heidelberg shows it’s not getting any better, we’re not gaining on this.”

         Oregon City Council agreed to cover increased costs of construction of the relocated Cedar Point Road and Dupont Road project, and the Wynn Road Sanitary Sewer project for Underground Utilities, Inc., the general contractor.

        The $6,984,007.26 cost of the projects increased by $57,165.50 for a total cost of $7,041,172.76.

        “You’re aware of the magnitude and size of the relocation of Cedar Point Road,” Mayor Mike Seferian said to city council. It’s not unusual, he added, to have project costs increase if unanticipated problems arise.

        The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have completed the Ohio Domestic Action Plan (DAP) 1.0 to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the bi-national Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025.

        This version of the Ohio DAP is being provided to U.S. EPA for review and comment and to serve as Ohio’s part of the U.S. Domestic Action Plan, the final version of which is due in Feb. 2018.

 

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