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The State of Ohio and U.S. Army have reached agreement on a plan to clear areas near the former Erie Army Depot of military munitions.
Under the agreement, the Army will conduct investigations along the Lake Erie shoreline to locate munitions used during past operations at the depot and former Locust Point anti-aircraft artillery site and from the impact area of an operating range.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will also be involved in the work, scheduled to start in 2011.
“Recent finds of 3.5-inch rockets and other munitions exposed by receding waters only reinforce the need to address this area, thus making it safer for residents, visitors, and future generations,” said Chris Korleski, Ohio EPA director.
He descried the situation at the site near Port Clinton as a “legacy problem of munitions associated with the former Erie Army Depot.”
If the holiday party is any indication, the turbulent times of Jerusalem Township are coming to an end.
Two years ago, one could not attend a trustees meeting without listening to hours of bickering among government officials and residents.
Earlier this month, 175 residents showed up at a holiday party hosted by the township trustees. All involved say the three-and-a-half hour event was a huge success. Trustee Ron Sheahan emceed the event and announced door prizes.
“I talked to people who were there and everyone was so excited about it they are ready for another one next year,” trustee David Bench said.
Residents were asked to donate clothing. Township fiscal officer Julie Van Nest says they received 52 pairs of gloves, 31 pairs of stockings, scarves, and other clothing.
The search is under way for a new member of the administrative staff for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office.
This summer, Capt. Steve Levorchick, a long-time member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office retired after nearly a quarter of a century of service.
The departure left a significant void for this Ohio county along Ohio’s lakeshore.
“The captain of operations position is a vital one,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton. The captain oversees daily operations, coordinates between departments and watches overtime.
After serious budget talks a month ago, Ottawa County commissioners conceded the position needed filled – much to the sheriff’s relief.
Trustees OK health insurance plan
Twenty-two employees are covered by the plan.
The township belongs to a coverage pool sponsored by the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce.
The trustees will hold their year-end meeting Dec. 31 at 11 a.m.
East Toledo resident Kevin Carswell says “it will be kind of strange not hearing my brother moving around up there (upstairs)” in the duplex they shared on Potter Street.
Kevin’s older brother, William L. Carswell, 54, was murdered on Saturday afternoon, December 11, at about 3:55 p.m. at the resale shop Kevin owned at 134 Main Street in East Toledo. The home they lived in is also owned by Kevin.
“I remember back when I was real young I had a cousin that was murdered. We haven’t had this in our family in a very long time. This is just so crazy,” Kevin said.
“I had just rolled past there. Every time I was coming from somewhere on my way home I would ride by there. Everything was alright. When I rolled past, he was sitting at the desk. I saw his girlfriend, saw somebody else. There wasn’t anything going on. It looked peaceful. I just went home to get ready to go Christmas shopping. Then at 4:10, 4:15, I get the phone call,” Kevin recalled.
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