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Marine debris is a problem that’s easy for most people to ignore on a daily basis – but it’s not something you can ignore when it’s tangled in your trawl net, inside the stomach of the fish you catch or under your microscope in the lab.

To help address the problem in the Great Lakes, staff from NOAA’s Marine Debris Program have partnered with Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab on a variety of education and outreach programs that focus on preventing marine debris and minimizing its harm on the environment. Marine debris, especially plastics, has direct and indirect impacts on wildlife and the ecosystems of our oceans and other waterways.

“Marine debris is a global problem, not just an ocean problem,” explained Sarah Lowe, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program. “Essentially the same types of debris are found in the Great Lakes: There are the general litter-type items, there are microplastics problems, and there’s derelict fishing gear that we see in both places, so it’s really one and the same issue.”

Pay raises for patrol officers in the Lake Township Police Department were approved Tuesday by the township trustees as part of a new three-year contract.

The raises of 2.5 percent went into effect Jan. 1 and will continue each year of the contract that expires Dec. 31, 2018.

Under the agreement, which covers corporals and full and part-time patrol officers, the employee share of monthly health care premiums will increase to 15 per cent. Under the former contract, the employee share began at 10 percent and rose to 12 and 14 percent.

Is there support in Lake Township for the Community Care-A-Van service that provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical-related appointments?

The township trustees Tuesday heard a brief presentation from Sue Hart-Douglas, a member of Walbridge Village Council, who asked them to consider supporting the van service and the Active Older Adults program at the Eastern Community YMCA.

Richard Welling, a township trustee, said after the meeting he may prepare a resolution for the board of trustees to consider at its Jan. 19 meeting.

As Dr. Larry M. Antosch stepped up the microphone at an environmental forum, he first quoted from Ohio Farm Bureau testimony to state legislators:

“…Clean water cannot come at the expense of food production, nor can farming trump the need for clean water. Fortunately, we can have both. One is not exclusive of the other…”

Dr. Antosch, the OFB senior director for policy development and environmental policy, says that statewide, farmers are taking on, voluntarily and collaboratively, programs that will help reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. He says agribusiness associations are getting the message out to the farming community on how to meet new requirements set by Senate Bills 1 and 150, both enacted in 2015.

Northwood’s 2016 municipal budget, passed by city council last month, projects $4,697,956 in revenue, which is $61,576 more than what was collected in 2015.

The General Fund revenue is $2,456 higher than the $4,695,500 in General Fund expenditures, according to Finance Director Ken Yant.

Income tax collections are estimated at $3,635,000, which are $67,800 more, or 2 percent higher, than last year. The $4,695,500 in expenditures increased by 1.2 percent, or $60,245, compared to last year’s approved budget.

Seventy percent of the income tax is allocated to the General Fund, 20 percent to the Capital Improvement Fund, and 10 percent to the Capital Replacement Fund.

road construction delays

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