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Roads, rail crossings closing for repairs
Salem-Carroll Road, between Benton-Carroll Road and State Route 19, will be closed to through traffic starting April 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 27.
The road will be open only to emergency traffic and buses.
Norfolk and Southern Railroad plans to close Toussaint-Portage Road, from Christiansen Road to Salem-Carroll Road and Cullman Road, from Portage South Road to State Route 19, for crossing repairs.
The closures are expected to be in effect April 26 to April 30.
The roads won’t be open to any traffic, including emergency and bus traffic.
The Lake Township trustees have agreed to continue financial support for the Community Care-A-Van service, which provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical and related appointments.
The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contribute $2,000 to the program that services residents in area communities who lack transportation.
The van service area includes East Toledo, Oregon, Walbridge, Northwood, Lake Township, Millbury, and Jerusalem Township.
The program is in its seventh year.
From July, 2009 to March, 2010, the service made 1,624 trips. Almost half of those were for residents between 65 and 74 years old. In that time, almost 60 percent of users were residents of the 43605 ZIP code and 28 percent were from the 43616 ZIP code.
Women were transported on 1,064 trips and men were transported on 560 trips.
A hearing is scheduled for April 30 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in the case of a Woodville woman seeking to have her driving privileges re-instated after being convicted in 1993 of aggravated vehicular homicide.
The hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. before Judge Bruce Winters and could determine if Terri Camp should be re-issued a license.
She pled guilty to the aggravated vehicular homicide charge and served 10 years of a 4 to 10-year sentence that permanently revoked her driving privileges. Ronald Miller, 14, died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash on State Route 51 in Clay Township.
State law allows motorists who’ve had their licenses suspended for life to file a motion with the sentencing court to modify or terminate the suspension after 15 years from the start of the suspension if certain requirements are met.
Camp’s case has caused a stir in the community and stimulated heated discussions on blog sites and elsewhere.
Included with her motion is a petition signed by 99 Woodville residents supporting her and noting her participation in a 12-step program called Healing, Encouraging, Abstinence, and Recovery Through Sobriety (HEARTS). She had previous drunk driving convictions.
Humane Ohio has a grant that will allow it to spay/neuter 2,600 free-roaming cats in Toledo’s 43609 zip code for free. These cats must come from the 443609 zip code and cannot be owned.
Humane Ohio Clinic Director Lisa Hochradel says, “We are focusing our grant money on the 43609 zip code because statistics from local animal shelters and rescue groups show that the greatest number of cats surrendered to shelters come from that neighborhood. Free-roaming cats are city wide, but we believe we can make a bigger impact if we concentrate on one specific area at a time.”
The organization will work with people in the neighborhood who are already feeding stray cats. Humane Ohio will spay/neuter and vaccinate the cats against rabies for free. They also will give caregivers free cat food when available through the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank, and will offer free training sessions to teach residents about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and to provide helpful information and tips to caregivers.
Humane Ohio points out that cats are territorial animals and form strong bonds with the location they inhabit so they will be returned to where they were found after they recover from their spay/neuter surgery. The group says that relocating free-roaming cats – and convincing them to stay in their new territory – is a difficult, time consuming, and challenging undertaking. Trapping and killing does not solve the problem because new cats will move in and take over the food source.
Oregon Council on Monday will consider approving a contract with One Call Now that includes a GIS mapping system that would allow the city to notify the public of emergencies or events.
The system is used by Wood County, Northwood, Millbury, Walbridge, Lake Township, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, and Rossford.
Michael Scott, from One Call Now, presented the package at an Oregon committee of the whole meeting last Monday. Council agreed to put it on its agenda for the next Oregon council meeting.
Scott said One Call Now is an emergency call out telephonic system.
“There’s two basic sides to the product: a map based system, and a roster based system. Essentially, this is used for emergencies and non-emergencies. The map based system is there in case you need to call a particular portion of the system. For example, if you have a water boil emergency, a road closure, or a chemical spill that doesn’t involve the entire city, you’ll be able to go to that map based system, draw the area you want to contact, and it’s going to contact everyone within that particular area…via telephone,” explained Scott.
“We can make about 12,000 calls per minute, so this is a very quick system. As a matter of fact, we probably won’t call that quickly just from the standpoint we don’t want to overwhelm your telephone system here within the city. We do some studies prior to determining how quickly those calls need to go out. But rest assured, we’ll put those calls out as quickly as possible,” he said.
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