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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.

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

The Ohio Environmental Protection will hold a public information session and hearing next Thursday on a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the annual dredging of the Toledo Harbor federal navigational channel.

The Corps, in Buffalo, N.Y., applied for a water quality certification for the project, which includes the Maumee River and lake approach channel. If approved by the Ohio EPA, the Corps would dredge approximately 2 million cubic yards of sediment annually between 2010-2012. About 1.9 million cubic yards of material would be dumped in the open lake area of Lake Erie, a practice that has long been opposed by the agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and local environmental activists. The remaining 100,000 cubic yards would be placed into the confined disposal facility in the lake, according to Dina Pierce, spokesperson for the Ohio EPA.

Last year, the Corps were authorized to dump up to 900,000 cubic yards of sediment in the open lake, said Pierce.

“The request this time is quite a bit larger,” she added.

The Corps must dredge the channel every year to keep Toledo Harbor open to shipping.

Real estate developer R. Scott Dobson is dreaming big — whether or not he can
make his dream come true depends on if any investors will believe in his plan.

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The 1967 Eastwood graduate, educated at Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University, now makes his permanent home in Maine. Dobson is trying to piece together a $100 million project that would include up to 25 windmill turbines to provide green energy to the Midwest electrical grid.

These windmills would be bigger and more efficient than the windmills currently located off U.S. Route 6 near Bowling Green, he says. The BG turbines are partly where his idea sprang from. 

Seven businesses in Ottawa County sold alcohol to minors during a recent undercover operation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department while 11 businesses turned away those attempting to buy.

Sheriff’s detectives, working with Ottawa County Creative Alcohol Related Enforcement (CARE), conducted the operation in December.

The employees who sold alcohol to the minors will receive a summons to appear in Ottawa County Municipal Court to face first degree misdemeanor charges. Letters will also be sent to the businesses to inform them of the purchases.

The sales occurred at Herb’s Sportsman’s Supplies, Port Clinton; Dean’s Place, Marblehead; Bayshore Country Market, Marblehead; Shell Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; County Line Store, Port Clinton, and Pat’s Party Mart, Port Clinton.

The 11 businesses that didn’t sell will be notified by letter from the sheriff’s department that includes the attempted date and time of the purchase and recognizing the store’s compliance with the law.

The businesses that didn’t sell to the minors are: Friendship BP, Port Clinton;  Speedway, Port Clinton; Midway Carry Out, Port Clinton; Shell Mickey Mart, Lakeside; Friendship Sunoco, Lakeside; Mutach’s Market, Marblehead; Erie Food Market, Lakeside; A&A Market, Lakeside; Sunoco Friendship, Port Clinton; Rich’s Drive Thru, Port Clinton; Wozniak’s Sunoco, Port Clinton.

Ohio law sets the legal drinking age at 21.
 

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