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Oregon Council on Monday approved a $291,175 contract with Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, to provide engineering services for the installation of a trunk waterline on Brown Road and the replacement of a waterline on Navarre Avenue.

Approximately two miles of a 16” trunk waterline will be installed on Brown Road. It will follow a north-south alignment from Navarre Avenue to Brown Road midway between Coy and Lallendorf Roads. At Brown Road, the trunk waterline will head west towards I-280 to connect to an existing 16” trunk waterline that ends on the south side of Brown Road just east of I-280.

Approximately 1.8 miles of existing eight-inch waterline will be replaced along Navarre Avenue from Isaac Streets Drive to Lallendorf Road.

Councilman Jerry Peach said there was a question of whether there should be two water lines along Navarre Avenue.

Public Service Director Paul Roman said cost is a factor.

“There’s no doubt in my mind it would be nice,” he said. “You would need easements as a part of adding a second parallel line. You may need it just for a single line to get it out of the road. No matter what, we want to get the waterline out of the road pavement. And two lines we think would be more beneficial for fire protection. I think the deciding factor will come down to costs. A single line would likely be a lesser cost.”

Ottawa County officials wrapped up the first quarter of 2015 by approving a number of pay raises for union and non-union employees.

Most recently, the board of county commissioners approved a contract for road deputies, the third and final division of the deputies to be addressed for the sheriff’s office. The biggest issue was salary, according to Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

Road deputies will receive a 3 percent raise this year followed by two years of raises amounting to 2.75 percent annually.

The contracts for the communications division and the corrections department were approved earlier in the year. They also receive 3 percent raises with 2.5 percent increases in the ensuing years.

However, all the contracts contain a “Me, Too” clause, the sheriff noted. That is, if any other county workers, whether union or non-union, receives a 3 percent raise in the second and third year of the deputies’ contracts, the law enforcement officers will also receive 3 percent raises, Levorchick explained.

Contracts passed deputy approval easily.

“The lady representing the Fraternal Of Police said the negotiations went smoother than they have in years,” Levorchick said. “They were only in session for a couple of hours each.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved a $1.4 million contract with ARCADIS U.S., Inc., for engineering services to design improvements to the water treatment plant.

ARCADIS will provide professional engineering services for preliminary design and detailed design for a high service pump replacement and raw water improvements for the plant.

Soon after Toledo issued a tap water ban to its water customers last August after high levels of microcystin, a toxin created by blue green algae, was detected in samples from its water treatment plant in East Toledo, Oregon approved a $295,000 contract with ARCADIS to provide preliminary testing and design services for ozone water treatment at its own water treatment plant to improve disinfection and treatment of algae and other organics, as well as lower disinfection byproducts from chlorination.

Based on preliminary design results, the water treatment options of applying ozone to settled water and modifying the existing filters for Biological Active Filtration (BAF) were determined to be very effective in destroying microcystin toxins, reducing disinfection byproducts, and improving water taste and odor, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

“The report is complete, and there’s no doubt in our mind that ozone is the most effective method for destroying microcystin,” Roman said at the meeting. “Clearly, it will reduce disinfection byproducts, and improve water and taste.”

Local Government Innovation Fund monies have been approved for Ottawa County.

The Ohio Controlling Board has voted to release $500,000 for the county’s engineer’s office to fund upgrades to county facilities, including the highway maintenance garage.

Ron Lajti, county engineer, said the planned improvements are being designed to improve service for 11 townships and the sheriff’s department.

“The changes will facilitate a more efficient and manageable shop for both the storage and the maintenance of equipment used to benefit public entities,” he said.

A concrete floor and new heating and lighting systems will be installed, Lajti said, adding structural enhancements that will open a work area into an existing shop are also planned. The change will make the area more efficient for employees and provide better access for heavy equipment.

“All of the work to be accomplished through this loan funding will be competitively bid out to surrounding contractors,” Lajti said.

State Sen. Randy Gardner said the loan stems from a competitive state program and he credited the county and townships for “putting together a solid proposal.”

A little more than a month before Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 1 – crafted to address algal problems in Lake Erie by limiting the application of fertilizer and manure on fields in the western basin – investigators from the Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District and Ohio Department of Natural Resources were following up on a complaint.

Manure from a holding pond at the Wildcat Dairy facility, permitted to hold 2,100 cows, had been applied to a nearby field that was frozen and covered with snow. After determining application standards for spreading manure on frozen ground, as defined by agriculture pollution abatement regulations, hadn’t been followed, the investigators directed the dairy operator to cease spreading the manure and contain the run-off to stem a discharge into ditches.

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