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Repairs to Lake Elementary and Middle schools won’t delay the opening of the schools for the 2010-11 school year, according to Tim Krugh, president of the Lake Board of Education, who says the board has reached agreement with the district’s insurer for roof repairs to both buildings.
The middle and elementary schools were damaged in a June 5 tornado that also destroyed the nearby high school building.
The school board is also close to deciding on how to proceed with replacing the damaged cafeteria and boilers for the middle school.
“Both of these buildings will be ready for school come late August,” Krugh said. “That’s our goal and we think it’s realistic. Some of the roof work may be done later but the buildings themselves will be ready to go. That work has been authorized and we’re working on the details for getting the boilers at the middle school operating. The heat we may not need until October, hopefully. But we hope to have the cafeteria running by the time school starts. We’re looking at a permanent structure for the cafeteria rather than a temporary structure because the costs may not be a whole lot more.”
Red Cross donates funds to the United Way
The funds were originally donated to the Red Cross to help respond to relief efforts associated with the tornadoes that swept through Northwest Ohio the weekend of June 5.
“The Red Cross received such an outpouring of good will from the community that we’ve covered our expenses and want to pass on that generosity,” said Tim Yenrick, regional director of the American Red Cross. “This money will help families with long-term counseling, legal services and individual needs that have yet to be met.”
Several weeks ago, a long-term recovery committee made up of social service agencies and emergency personnel formed in Wood County. The group voted United Way to administer funds for long-term efforts.
A new, unused baseball diamond in Brentwood Park that has repeatedly been flooded with rainfall since it was constructed last fall was caused by the contractor’s use of a top layer of impervious blue clay.
At a June 3 committee of the whole meeting of Northwood City Council, Administrator Pat Bacon expressed frustration about the floods at the ball diamond.
“It’s pretty much been drained, the water has been pumped off. This saga has been going on too long. I’m at wits end,” she said.
“Currently, that diamond is unplayable,” she added. “We contacted Ohio Excavating, the contractor, numerous times. For one reason or another that they don’t come out is that it’s too wet, and if they bring their equipment out, they’re going to damage the field. So frustration kind of reached a climax this week. The city checked to see what the problem could be.”
Bacon showed council photos of the diamond, which showed a layer of blue clay as the culprit.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency slapped Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., (ESOI) with a $180,000 penalty for multiple hazardous waste management violations at its landfill in Oregon.
The violations, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator with the Ohio EPA, occurred between 2007 to 2009.
“Ohio EPA conducts compliance inspections twice a year at the facility,” explained Pierce. “Ohio EPA also has an on-site inspector based at the facility who conducts daily compliance inspections of Envirosafe’s operations. Some violations were found by the on-site inspector during daily inspections, others during the annual inspections and some were reported by ESOI.”
The $180,000 fine covers multiple inspection and record keeping violations involving the containment building, the water line dewatering trenches and the Cell M leachate collection system at Envirosfafe, said Pierce.
They violations include:
The Fair Housing Center, a private, non-profit civil rights agency dedicated to ending housing discrimination in northwest Ohio, is also a HUD certified housing counseling agency that works with homeowners facing foreclosure, said Lisa Lawson, of the Fair Housing Center.
“We work with people who are facing foreclosure. We got into that because there was so much predatory lending in the City of Toledo, primarily, but certainly elsewhere. The foreclosure crisis is now spreading because of that. We work with people to get loan modifications, and we also have some grants available right now for people who are behind in their mortgage,” said Lawson.
People have to meet certain criteria to be eligible, she added.
“Of course, the agencies or whoever gives us the money, tells us who qualifies. We do have some grant programs available right now. We’ve completed around 135 loan modifications for folks. People who are going through our program are saving an average of $150 per month. That’s a lot of money that stays right here on our community, if you multiply that out times 135. That’s to say nothing of the grants we’ve provided. They also see an average interest rate reduction of about 4.5 percent. So it’s amazing. We’ve put more than $8.5 million back into our community over the life of the loans for people who have those.”
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