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 Two farm organizations are closely monitoring the state biennium budget bill as it winds through the House of Representatives, hoping lawmakers will reform the Current Agricultural Use Valuation tax program.

 “Fixing the broken CAUV formula remains our number one issue at the state level,” Joe Logan, president of the Ohio Farmers Union, said. “OFU is grateful that the House has realized the urgent need for CAUV reform.”  He said the organization will hold its final judgment on the House proposal until after it’s reviewed the bill.

 A hearing is scheduled for April 25 in Ottawa County Municipal Court to decide a zoning case against operators of a quarry in Benton Township.

 The township is alleging violations of section 519.23 of the Ohio Revised Code, which states, “No building shall be located, erected, constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, changed, maintained, or used, and no land shall be used in violation of any resolution, or amendment or supplement to such resolution, adopted by any board of township trustees….”

 Depending on water levels, a project to clear Toussaint Creek in Wood, Sandusky and Ottawa counties will start by early summer, according to the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District.

 The project will include removing log jams and leaning trees from an approximately 34-mile stretch of the creek.  Mike Libben, program administrator for the Ottawa SWCD, said he’s had a pre-construction meeting with the contractor, D&M Earthmoving, Wakeman, O., and SWCD technicians have been marking trees and log jams.

 Lake Townhip has an offer of $25,000 if the township trustees agree to vacate Walbridge Road at a CSX crossing so the rail company can close the crossing to traffic.

 Ken Gilsdorf, a township trustee, informed his peers Tuesday he was in a phone conversation with management at CSX to discuss the company’s plans to close a section of Stanley Yard in the township when the subject of Walbridge Road came up.

  A blighted house on East Broadway is on track for being demolished by Lake Township.

 The township trustees Tuesday approved a resolution that lists the property at 29577 E. Broadway as unsafe and gives the owner until April 26 to repair or remove it. If the owner does neither, the township is prepared to retain a company for the demolition.


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