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A resolution to start the process for placing a renewal levy on the November ballot has been approved by the Genoa school board.

Voters in the school district will be asked to renew a 1.6-mill permanent improvement levy that generates about $265,000 annually for items such as textbooks, equipment, building maintenance and other long-term needs.

A second resolution to place the measure on the ballot is set to be on the school board’s agenda for its June meeting, Bill Nye, district treasurer, said.

The Lake Township trustees have added a fourth property to a list of abandoned structures the township wants remediated or demolished.

The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution asking for an inspection by the Wood County Health Department and county building inspector of a property at 28562 Lemoyne Rd.

The resolution asks the county to document “the conditions substantiating that the building or structure is in insecure, or structurally defective and/or in a condition dangerous to life or health, or unfit for human habitation.”

Richard Welling, a trustee, said a barn on the property is “ready to collapse” and the basement of the home is flooded. The property has been abandoned for several years, he said.

For State Representative Tim Brown, the most compelling testimony in favor of legalizing certain forms of medical marijuana came from people who had tried legally prescribed medicine and found no relief.

As a member of the House Select Committee on Medical Marijuana, the Bowling Green Republican heard hours of testimony. But what really stirred him was the testimony of those who felt they had exhausted all the prescription drugs available to them to address their medical needs.

The committee unanimously approved a substitute bill last week and sent it to the House floor where it also passed.

Oregon has applied for a state grant that would fund an unmanned aircraft system, or “drone,” which would assist the police and fire departments in rescue situations.

Toledo and Lucas County would share the drone and contribute towards the $75,000 cost.

The drone would assist in tactical operations, search and rescue, criminal investigations, traffic crash reconstruction, crime scene mapping and the identification of trouble spots in fighting fires. It could also be used in assessing the needs for resources and the extent of damages after major disasters, such as floods and tornados.

Members of Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie plan to continue their focus on Toledo officials as the group pushes to have Lake Erie’s western basin designated as an impaired watershed.

About 15 members of the environmental group picketed outside the East Toledo Family Center Wednesday night where Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson held a town hall meeting.

Mike Ferner, a coordinator with the group, said he’s puzzled why the city hasn’t asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the designation when the Lucas County commissioners and Oregon City Council have already sought the impaired listing.

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