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Pemberville - New commercial building to house four businesses
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:44

It is not every day that a groundbreaking for a new commercial building in Pemberville occurs.

Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., village representatives and business owners celebrated the groundbreaking of the Baker Building being constructed just inside the village limit at 531 East Front Street.

Attending the groundbreaking were Mayor James Opelt, Council President Gordon Bowman, the buildings’ owners, Lance and Darla Baker, and project foreman Mark Cairl from Midwest Construction Inc.

“Because of these bad economic times, we’re very happy that this is happening,” Mayor Opelt said.

The 2,250 square feet Baker Building, located just east of the railroads tracks off State Route 105 just before one leaves Pemberville heading towards Woodville, will house up to four businesses.

 
Wales Road overpass project delayed until 2012
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 15:14

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will delay construction of the Wales Road overpass for one year so that BP Refinery can build an electric substation that would replace overhead wires near the site.

The $14 million project, which was going to be bid this December, with construction slated next year, will now have to wait until 2012, Northwood Administrator Pat Bacon told city council at a meeting April 1.

Bacon said she was contacted by Mike Ligibel, ODOT’s district two administrator, last month to inform her of the problem.

“Mike said, `Pat, we have a problem.’ When ODOT says we have a problem, it’s usually pretty major,” said Bacon.

FirstEnergy has major lines at Wales Road that feed electricity to the BP refinery, said Bacon. To relocate these lines would require a shutdown of the plant, which would cost ODOT $1.5 million.

“And that’s a really big deal,” said Bacon. “ODOT would be responsible to pay the $1.5 million because the problem is being created by the project, so therefore that would add to the cost of the project. It would come from taxpayers’ money.”

 
Louvers to lower fish kills at power plant
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 16:06

FirstEnergy’s Bayshore power plant will be required to install technology to reduce fish kills at the plant’s intake system.

“Ohio EPA has decided, for the first time, FirstEnergy will be required to install technology that is designed to minimize fish mortality,” said Dina Pierce, Ohio EPA’s northwest district coordinator.

The plant will install devices called “reverse louvers,” she said.

“Once those are in place, FirstEnergy will be required to study the effectiveness of the devices,” said Pierce. “If the study proves the technology effective, then the company will have to permanently install the devices. If the study shows the technology is not effective, then Ohio EPA will require the company to pursue another solution to the fish impingement and entrainment problem.”

The fish impingement and entrainment issue is particularly important at this location near where the Maumee River drains into the Maumee Bay because it is a very productive fish spawning area, according to Pierce.

FirstEnergy conducted detailed studies on I&E and on the thermal plume created by heated water discharged into the Maumee Bay from the plant’s cooling system. Ohio EPA asked an independent environmental engineering firm, Tetra Tech, to examine FirstEnergy’s studies and the technologies available to reduce the Bayshore intake system’s impact on fish and determine which ones would work best at the plant. Ohio EPA also held a public information meeting in Oregon in March, 2009 to review the studies and get feedback from the public.

 
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