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After receiving input from the public, the Ohio Department of Transportation has decided the State Route 51 bridge over the Portage River near the Village of Elmore will remain open to pedestrians during a road resurfacing project and other work on the bridge.

The department plans to start work this spring and will modify pavement markings and install a concrete barrier following resurfacing of the roadway to allow the sidewalk on the bridge to remain open during repairs.

In addition to repairs on the bridge, ODOT plans to resurface Route 51 through the village to the Sandusky County line.

A hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 28 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court to hear a petition by the Village of Genoa to remedy a prior transfer of village revenues between funds that was done incorrectly.

According to Kevin Gladden, village administrator, court authorization is needed to transfer monies to the general fund from utility accounts such as those receiving revenues from water and electric service users.

Although the transfer in 2014 was backed by an ordinance approved by village council, such a move requires approval by the court, Gladden said.

Oregon City Council recently approved a zoning change for Verizon Wireless to install a telecommunication tower at 5841 Cedar Point Rd.

Council approved the request of Nathan Meyer, of Verizon Wireless, for a Special Use Exception in an A-1 Agricultural District.

Verizon Wireless is looking for improved coverage in the area based on customer demand for the use of voice calls and data. The public is increasingly abandoning their land lines in favor of using mobile phones for communication, according to Meyer.

The Cedar Point Road site was chosen to meet the demand of mostly residential users that are in the surrounding area.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District received a low interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to address storm water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system in Northwood.

The sewer district is funding the project with the $237,914 loan from the agency’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which provides below market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems.

The loan will be used to rehabilitate sanitary sewers in the Homecraft area of Northwood, which connects to Toledo’s collection system. Toledo is continuing a long-term project to address sewer overflows within the city’s sewer system that will improve local and Lake Erie water quality, according to officials from the Ohio EPA. In addition to helping to reduce sewer overflows in Toledo, the Northwood project will alleviate local basement sewage backups.

Harmful algal blooms gained considerable notoriety when the City of Toledo was faced with unsafe levels of microcystin toxin in drinking water during the Toledo Water Crisis in August 2014

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Dr. Larry M. Antosch

In response to growing concerns about the toxin in municipal water systems and high costs associated with treating it, collaborative efforts by multiple organizations and government are bringing in millions of dollars to aid farmers and academic research.

The Ohio Farm Bureau has invested $2 million and counting of membership funds, says Dr. Larry M. Antosch, senior director for the OFB’s policy development and environmental policy division.

In 2014, the bureau dedicated $1 million of its own resources to water quality action plans, which was a “large commitment by our board,” says Dr. Antosch.

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