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Several blighted homes in the Birmingham neighborhood in East Toledo will be demolished thanks to a $2.3 million award to the Lucas County Land Bank’s Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) from the Ohio Finance Agency.

Wade Kapszukiewicz, chairman of the land bank’s board of directors, told The Press last week that the funds will go towards razing 230 blighted properties in Toledo, 30 of which are in the Birmingham neighborhood.

“Our experience, over the last five years, is that demolishing a home costs about $10,000. We can stretch $2.3 million into 230 homes,” he said.

Since last year, the land bank has conducted demolition and greening work under NIP. With the addition of the $2.3 million award, the land bank has now received a total of $11.25 million, the highest award per capita of any county in the state, according to Kapszukiewicz. Those funds have helped the land bank demolish a total of 200 deteriorated houses in East Toledo alone.

In the final days before the Nov. 3 election, Ken Gilsdorf found some of the issues he faced as a member of Walbridge Village Council would be confronting him as a newly-elected Lake Township trustee.

Gilsdorf, who was the top vote-getter in a three-way race for a seat on the township board of trustees, said last week that many township residents he met while passing out campaign flyers told him they were concerned about the parking of recreational vehicles in residential neighborhoods.

“The RV issue, parking. When I was going door-to-door I found people in the unincorporated area of the township were talking about that,” he said.

Village council last month heard the first reading of an ordinance that places limits on RV parking at residences.

For Louis Takacs, owner of Takacs Grocery and Meats in East Toledo, becoming involved with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) six years ago was a no-brainer.

“We are proud to be a part of the donation program,” Takacs said. “We know it is good for our community. People are getting fed. You just have a good feeling and you have a real feeling of accomplishment.”

Established in 1997, FHFH enables hunters and farmers in states across the country to provide nutritious meat to feed the hungry of their communities.

Farmers and hunters are invited to donate their deer, other big game or livestock to inspected, approved meat processors that participate with FHFH.

Oregon is submitting an application to the Ohio EPA seeking a $16.2 million loan for ozone improvements to the water treatment plant.

The Ohio EPA is making funds available through the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account to provide financial assistance to communities needing to make such improvements.

The plant’s $17.6 million Harmful Algae Bloom Infrastructure Improvements Project will destroy microcystin – a toxin that was responsible for the three day tap water ban in Toledo last year. Oregon was unaffected by the toxin, but has nonetheless been upgrading its water treatment plant to improve water quality. The water source for Toledo’s and Oregon’s water treatment plants is Lake Erie’s Western Basin, which has been plagued by large blue green algal blooms for years. The raw water intake for each community is about a mile apart.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals in Wood County has upheld the 2014 conviction of a man for a theft charge stemming from an incident at a hotel in Northwood.

Nathaniel L. Lewis, Jr., had appealed a Wood County Common Pleas Court sentence of 11 months in prison after he pled guilty to a fifth degree felony theft charge. The original indictment included one count of felonious assault but was amended to the theft charge.

In his appeal, Lewis argued the trial court failed to comply with statutory sentencing requirements – in particular the court improperly considered prior, unrelated dismissed charges in imposing the prison sentence.

During the sentencing hearing, the court asked Lewis’ attorney if Lewis had been charged with assault four times.


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