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Three businesses plan to locate in the City of Oregon if permit filings in the city’s building and inspection department are any indication.
According to records in the department, representatives of ALDI, Inc., Mattress Firm, Inc., and Gateway Recycling and Reduction, Inc., have filed for permits needed to either construct a building or move into existing structures.
ALDI, a discount grocery chain, intends to construct a 17,887-square-foot building at 3728 Navarre Ave.
The estimated construction cost is $1.1 million.
Jim Gilmore, commissioner of the building and inspection department, said the company has indicated it intends to use the front third or so of the 9.5-acre parcel for the building, which would sit across Navarre from a Walmart store.
Seven structures on the parcel will be razed, according to the permit.
ALDI opened 100 stores across the country in 2009 and said then it planned to open 100 stores this year, about a third of those in Texas, according to its website.
The first rain garden in the storm water community area of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District has been completed at a memorial in the Allen Township Cemetery.
Allen Township officials and employees, volunteers, and OSWCD employees put the finishing touches on the garden recently.
“Structures like rain gardens help to slow runoff after heavy rains by allowing the water to slowly filter through the landscape,” said Crystal Dymond, storm water technician for the OSWCD. “The native plants that are chosen can tolerate both wet and dry conditions because their roots are deeper than other plants and they are used to our local conditions. The native plants also help to filter out the bad elements in the soil before it drains in a waterway, stormwater drain, or in this case, a pond.”
The township erected the memorial to honor veterans, firefighters, and their families and related organizations.
The township installed what is called “porous” pavement at the memorial.
Ceremony for marina improvements held
The renovations began in 2001 and continued throughout much of the decade.
Fifty new temporary docks were installed for boaters, with some later modified for permanent use.
In 2006, a 20-site primitive campground was constructed. In 2008, an improvement project to the marina entrance, including a new channel and revetments, was completed followed the next year by a floating docks project.
A 100,000-gallon elevated water storage tank has also been installed and construction is scheduled this summer for staff housing.
Sean Logan, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, attended the dedication ceremony, which included a special recognition of former ODNR director Sam Speck.
Governor Ted Strickland and Attorney General Richard Cordray are asking the Obama administration to convene a summit by July 19 to make plans for constructing a permanent barrier to block the infiltration of the Asian carp into the Great Lakes.
They are also asking construction of a physical barrier start within 30 days of the summit.
In a letter to the president the two write “…this is still a preventable multi-billion dollar ecological disaster, but the window is closing.”
Last month, a live Asian carp was caught by commercial fishermen in Lake Calumet near Chicago – past an electrical barrier designed to stop it. And earlier DNA sampling has found traces of the carp in the Chicago Area Waterway System, a tributary of the Great Lakes.
“We are aware of your Administration’s current efforts to protect the Great Lakes from the significant harm that would come from Asian carp,” the letter says. “But, thus far chemical and electric barriers have proven ineffective, as Asian carp have been found increasingly farther into the tributaries of the Great Lake basin and well past the electric barriers. This is the time for bold, decisive action, which is why we are asking for an aggressive timeline to begin building physical, permanent barriers.”