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Ag easements to be explained
Farmland owners have the opportunity to learn how to apply for Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program funds during upcoming information sessions offered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

In Northwest Ohio, a session will be held Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the WW Knight Nature Preserve, Great Room, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg.

Agricultural easements are voluntary legal agreements restricting non-agricultural development on farmland, with the land itself remaining on the tax rolls and under private ownership and management.  Landowners may undertake any agricultural activity permitted under Ohio law, and they can sell their farm or pass it along as a gift to others. However, the easement remains with the land, prohibiting any future non-agricultural development to make certain that it remains used for agricultural purposes.

Meetings will feature a presentation by the department’s farmland preservation staff as well as testimony from landowners who have participated in the program.

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A plan to address problems of high levels of fecal bacteria along Lake Erie beaches near Maumee Bay State Park isn’t ready for bulldozers to be mobilized but it is ready for grant writers to be mobilized, says an executive with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.

An open house for the public to comment on the Wolf Creek/Berger Ditch Restoration Plan will be held Nov. 4 at the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge. The plan is a proposed system of ponds, wetlands, and floodplains to naturally remove bacteria before it reaches the bay that will cost about $5.26 million, including the design, permits, and construction.

The open house will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. A 45-minute presentation begins at 7:15 p.m.

The session will provide the public with a chance to see the results of studies tracking bacteria in the area and review wetland designs and watershed information.

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Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for CSX, submitted the offer last week in a letter to the trustees.

“CSX Transportation would like to make a cash incentive offer to permanently close Walbridge Road and turn it into a private road owned by CSX Transportation,” the letter says.

Conditions of the closure are:
• CSX will place a barricade across the private grade crossing at its own expense and motor vehicles will not be permitted to use it.

• CSX will allow fire, police, and emergency medical service vehicles to use the private crossing in an emergency when “practicable,” the letter says. “This may not be feasible in an emergency situation if our train crews cannot clear up the grade crossing in a reasonable time.”

• CSX will remove public crossing warning devices and replace them with private warning devices at its expense.

• Road closed signs will be placed on both sides of the street.

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For Lake High School, it has been a year of adjustments for students and administrators. The district raced against the clock to open a new high school facility on the Owens Community College Campus after the June 5 EF4 tornado destroyed the high school building.

Principal Lee Herman said, for the most part, the transition for staff and students has been fairly smooth.

“It is going pretty well,” Herman said. “Kids are resilient. The first few days of classes was kind of like freshman orientation for everyone. Everyone had to figure out where their classes were, etc. For the short amount of time we had to get the school up and running, it really is going well.”

In June, Owens offered the Lake Local Schools the college’s former Owens Center for Development and Training building, located on Tracy Rd., in Northwood, to house a temporary high school.

According to Herman, the district placed temporary walls inside the building to create enough classrooms to house the 450 students in grades 9-12. As a result, hallways became narrower and an “odd traffic pattern” took some getting used to.

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Mike Beazley, Oregon City Administrator, would like to clarify some information provided by the city tax department and printed in a column last week by John Szozda. While income tax revenue in 2009 decreased 10.6 percent, the total included a one-time repayment of $1.5 million to a company that overpaid its taxes in 2008 by $2 million.

Beazley said income tax revenue for 2007-2009 was “fairly flat but slightly declining,” while revenue in 2010 is tracking about 10 percent less than 2009 for an expected total of $15.5 million.

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