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BP-Husky Refining LLC announced a major equipment upgrade at the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio.
Refinery officials say the project will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. The estimated $400 million investment will create, on average, an additional 200 temporary construction jobs over the next few years, totaling one million man-hours.
“This project will be the largest investment in the refinery in quite some time,” said Ron Unnerstall, president and refinery manager of BP-Husky Refining LLC. “It will put hundreds of people to work this year, protect existing jobs, enhance energy security for the region and improve the plant’s overall efficiency while also improving competitiveness.
“The investment, which we refer to as our Reformer 3 project, will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. We will be replacing two existing reformers and one hydrogen plant with one new state-of- the-art reformer,” Unnerstall continued.
Two residential structures in Northwood will be demolished this winter after being declared nuisances by the Wood County Health Department.
Funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), also known as the “Welcome Home” program, will be used to raze the structures, according to Northwood City Administrator Pat Bacon.
An asbestos study has been completed and will be submitted to the Wood County Planning Commission, said Bacon.
“The next step is to advertise for bids,” she said. “My hope is to have the structures demolished and the property cleared in late January or early February.”
Bacon identified the structures to be removed. “I knew grant monies were there, so I identified two properties and said, `Let’s get going on these.’ So now it goes to the Wood County Planning Commission for its stamp of approval.”
The NSP grant can only be used in designated areas, said Bacon.
“The designated area in Northwood is where we have a lot of foreclosures,” she said.
Several students who were enrolled in the Oregon Career and Technology Center filed a lawsuit against the Oregon City Schools district for breach of contract, negligence and fraud in the Court of Common Pleas of Lucas County on Dec. 18.
The students, who were taking a Green Energy, Electrical & Environmental Specialist Program at the Center, allege that the program failed to live up to its promise to prepare them to work in the renewable energy industry.
The defendants are identified in the lawsuit as “John Does” who are administrators, employees and/or agents of the Oregon City Schools doing business as the Oregon Career & Technology Center.
The defendants, alleges the lawsuit: promised several hours of instruction in various subjects related to the renewable energy industry; represented in a student handbook “certain mission statements, statements of historical facts, policies, rules, regulations, objectives, accreditations, and accomplishments”; provided students a daily calendar for the program, “setting forth certain class schedule representations”; and made representations to entice students to enroll in the Green Energy, Electrical & Environmental Specialist Program.
The Genoa school board has scheduled a special meeting for Jan. 19 to review contract bids for the construction of a new elementary school building.
Area school administrators agree there are many benefits for children to be enrolled in an all-day, everyday kindergarten program.
Then there is the ever present issue of having to fund it.
State Representative Randy Gardner last week offered sponsor testimony for a bill he introduced in November that would exempt districts from a requirement in the state’s biennium budget for all-day kindergarten and what he says are other unfunded mandates.
“The state operating budget has already cut state aid to school funding by $497 million, and these mandates will only further the financial burden of many school districts during this economic turmoil,” he said.
His bill, HB 366, directs the Ohio School Funding Advisory Council to identify unfunded or underfunded school mandates enacted in the budget. A member of the council, Rep. Gardner says he’s already raised concerns at the panel’s first meeting.
“Under the new biennial budget, every school district for the first time in decades saw a significant cut to their funding. When enacted, my legislation will allow each school district’s board of education to decide if they can adopt the new education regulations, taking into account each district’s budgetary constraints,” Gardner said.