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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.

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The Ohio Department of Development will support the Northern Wood County Port Authority’s assessment project with a commitment of Clean Ohio Assistance Funds to clean up industrial property at the former Libbey-Owens-Ford (LOF) site in Northwood.

City Administrator Pat Bacon said $297,968 in brownfield redevelopment funds will be used to finance Phase II of an environmental assessment of the Industrial and Warehouse project on East Broadway.

The assessment will determine the environmental suitability of the property and the possible need for any remediation, said Bacon.

“The soil is contaminated. There’s no doubt about it,” said Bacon. “There used to be a paint shop there. There’s a huge building at the back of the property. It’s an ideal building for someone to relocate. For that to be an industrial park again, it just simply needs to be cleaned up because it’s contaminated. It’s very expensive to do.”

“Right now, no one is going to want to go in there because of the environmental issues,” said Mayor Mark Stoner.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Bid packages were opened Dec. 23.

According to Bill Nye, district treasurer, in total the bids are about $1.4 million less than the board and administration were expecting.

With the lower bids, the board will have the option to consider alternatives for several different components of the building construction, he said.

For example, the board could look at having a metal roof installed instead of a shingle roof, Nye said, adding a metal roof typically would have a longer warranty.

“With the lower bids we can go from a very good building to an even better building that is more cost efficient,” he said.

Another option the board may consider would be better flooring.

The original bid estimates by the board were:
• General trades contract - $6.8 million
• Food service contract - $307,620
• Fire protection contract - $214,460
• Plumbing contract - $580,580
• HVAC contract - $1.4 million
• Electrical contract - $2.03 million

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