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New rules for the Ohio House of Representatives, written for the most part by Randy Gardner (R- Bowling Green), were approved by the House Tuesday.

Republicans gained control of the House – and the chance to set the body’s rules for the session that recently started -  in the November election. Rep. Gardner said the rules will “promote a more open and fair legislative process.”

He points to what he sees as three significant changes:
•The number of full standing committees is reduced from 27 to 17. Rep. Gardner and House Speaker William Batchelder (R- Medina) say fewer committees foster a “greater focus” on issues and will save taxpayers about $250,000 over the next two years.

• A two-day waiting and reading period has bee re-established for any final votes on bills containing appropriations. The rule requires two days following a conference committee vote before the House may consider the budget.

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A $1.5 million solar array project is underway at the Pilkington Research and Development Center in Northwood.

The project includes the installation of solar panels on a one-acre Brownfield site originating from the company’s former East Toledo float plant. Pilkington once used the area as a sand pond, which has gone through a clean-up process.

“In order to take advantage of recycling the Brownfield property, we’re installing the solar array to reuse the property and put it back into a beneficial use,” said Kara A. Allison, spokesperson for Hull & Associates, an engineering, energy and environmental consulting firm that has partnered with Pilkington to install the ground mounted solar panels.

The large-scale panels will be mounted on posts and built out in rows, according Allison.

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Northwood’s Economic Development Committee is looking into making an outparcel off Curtis Road more attractive for future economic development.

“It’s been there a long time,” said Councilman Dave Gallaher, chairman of the committee. He brought up the matter at a council meeting on Jan. 4.

“It’s a nice location. You have to ask why it isn’t being developed, in spite of the economy. Is there something we can do to help that process along?” said Gallaher after the meeting.

The parcel is between Appleby’s Restaurant and I-280 on Curtis Road.

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The cold and icy weather last month caused some snow plows in Oregon to damage some irrigation systems in the city right-of-way, which angered some residents, according to Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian.

“We had a couple of people complain that city snow plows have hit irrigation systems just off the curb and they are fairly angry, thinking the city is responsible for that,” said Seferian at a council meeting last month.

One of the complaints was from a resident located in the Sweetwater addition, on the west side of Pearson Metropark.

Residents’ anger is misdirected, however, said Seferian, because the city is not at fault. Residents who put in the irrigation systems are responsible for their repair.

“Irrigation systems are not a permitted use in the public right-of-way, and that’s where these have been damaged,” he said.

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A formal recommendation to close the Rocky Ridge Elementary School building is expected to be presented this week to the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education.

Superintendent Diane Kershaw, who recommended the closing to the board at its Dec. 15 special meeting, said declining enrollment is the primary reason for the facility and finance committees to decide closing the school is the best option for the district.

The board is scheduled to meet Jan. 11.

“Due to declining enrollment, we have an opportunity to combine our elementary buildings which will lead to additional operational efficiencies,” she said in a prepared statement.

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