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Representatives of the villages of Genoa and Elmore and Clay Township are scheduled to meet Feb. 2 to discuss the next phase of a trail project linking the three communities.
 
Elmore Village Council last week approved a resolution of support for the Ottawa County commissioners to apply to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Transportation for funding assistance for the Elmore to Genoa leg of the North Coast Inland Trail.
 
Genoa Village Council approved a similar resolution last month.
 
Clay Township trustees are supportive of the project but need more time to secure easements and right-of-way authorization, Don Hoeft, a trustee, said last week. Much of the property in the township along the abandoned railway the trail would follow has been purchased by Graymont Dolime and the company has indicated it’s not interested in releasing easements for its property.

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Auction sets FirstEnergy generation rates


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has accepted the results of the second of six wholesale auctions that will determine FirstEnergy’s retail generation service rates through May 2014.
     
The auction established a new generation price of $55.60 per megawatt hour (MWh) effective for the delivery period of June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012..
     
The auction was conducted on Jan. 25. There were 10 electric generation suppliers registered for the auction, and 7 submitted winning bids. The names of the winning bidders will remain confidential for 21 days.
     
CRA International served as the independent auction manager. Boston Pacific Company, a consultant retained by the PUCO, monitored the auction.
Additional auctions are scheduled for October 2011, January 2012, October 2012, and January 2013 to establish the generation prices for 2012 and 2013.

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East Toledo developer Don Monroe, then director of the now-defunct River East Economic Revitalization Corporation, came up with a plan to develop a mini-version of Cleveland’s “Flats” in International Park in 1995.

Then-Mayor Carty Finkbeiner gave his support to the redevelopment of the 10,000 square foot Streets, Bridges, and Harbors building in the park. Monroe saw the old metal building on the river becoming a center of dining, entertainment and specialized retail shops.

However, the idea of a restaurant in International Park had been born nearly two decades prior. An adopted plan of the park in 1978 showed the building with restaurants, entertainment, and retail shops.

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The Woodmore school board and administration plan to devote much of a forum Monday night to explaining the district’s financial status to residents and to listen to the concerns residents have about district operations, says John Fernbaugh, superintendent.
 
The forum will be held Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the gym of Woodmore Elementary School.
 
“We want to show our people the status of Woodmore schools, particularly the financials and what we’re facing and what’s driving our costs,” Fernbaugh said. “We want to clear up any misconceptions.”

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Oregon Police Chief Richard Stager bid city officials goodbye at a council meeting on Jan. 24.
 
“I’m going to make the most out of retirement,” said Stager.
 
“Since I took the job, I probably have more passion for the Oregon Police Department than ever before. It’s kind of tough walking away. But I think I’ll manage somehow,” Stager joked. “I’m leaving Friday for Florida for my condo, and hopefully on Monday I’m playing in a softball game. I’ll be thinking about the officers and praying for their safety.”
 
Stager expressed concerns about the recent spate of violence against police officers across the country.
 
“If you’ve heard in the last 30 hours, seven police officers have been shot. It just seems like I’m hearing about it all the time. Even in communities about the same size as Oregon. I have a son who is a police officer in Sylvania, so I’ll be praying for him, too. I do have some concerns. Times have changed somewhat. There seems to be more violence toward police officers. Hopefully, that will stop in the immediate future when the economy gets better.”

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