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The State of Ohio and U.S. Army have reached agreement on a plan to clear areas near the former Erie Army Depot of military munitions.

Under the agreement, the Army will conduct investigations along the Lake Erie shoreline to locate munitions used during past operations at the depot and former Locust Point anti-aircraft artillery site and from the impact area of an operating range.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will also be involved in the work, scheduled to start in 2011.

“Recent finds of 3.5-inch rockets and other munitions exposed by receding waters only reinforce the need to address this area, thus making it safer for residents, visitors, and future generations,” said Chris Korleski, Ohio EPA director.

He descried the situation at the site near Port Clinton as a “legacy problem of munitions associated with the former Erie Army Depot.” 

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If the holiday party is any indication, the turbulent times of Jerusalem Township are coming to an end.

Two years ago, one could not attend a trustees meeting without listening to hours of bickering among government officials and residents.

Earlier this month, 175 residents showed up at a holiday party hosted by the township trustees. All involved say the three-and-a-half hour event was a huge success. Trustee Ron Sheahan emceed the event and announced door prizes.

“I talked to people who were there and everyone was so excited about it they are ready for another one next year,” trustee David Bench said.

Residents were asked to donate clothing. Township fiscal officer Julie Van Nest says they received 52 pairs of gloves, 31 pairs of stockings, scarves, and other clothing.

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Oregon City Council unanimously approved a special use permit for the Oregon City Schools District for the installation of several wind turbines at 3604 Pickle Road.

Oregon Buildings and Zoning Commissioner James Gilmore said the schools requested the special use permit to install two turbines at Coy School.

City Council last month approved a special use permit for the district to install two wind turbines at Clay High School.

“The height of these wind turbines are 157-feet, and they’ll be located 160 feet from each property line,” said Gilmore. “The zoning on this property is R-1 and R-2. The adjoining properties are also R-1 an d R-2. It’ll be of tubular monopole design.”

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Oregon council last Monday passed a budget for next year that is among the smallest ever due to the lingering economic recession.

Administrator Mike Beazley said there were three hearings on the budget in the last few weeks.

“The greatest challenge that Oregon faces is that our revenue has declined,” said Beazley. “This will be the smallest budget passed by the City of Oregon in the last five years. I can’t find a time, going back through the records, that we passed a budget that was smaller than the previous five years.”

The budget also forecasts the smallest revenue that will be collected by the city in the last six years, he said.

“Our budget is smaller and our revenue has declined,” he said.

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The search is under way for a new member of the administrative staff for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office.

This summer, Capt. Steve Levorchick, a long-time member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office retired after nearly a quarter of a century of service.

The departure left a significant void for this Ohio county along Ohio’s lakeshore.

“The captain of operations position is a vital one,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton. The captain oversees daily operations, coordinates between departments and watches overtime.

After serious budget talks a month ago, Ottawa County commissioners conceded the position needed filled – much to the sheriff’s relief.

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