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Calling it a “trifecta of injustice,” Trent Dougherty, attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the OEC plans to appeal a decision by the 11th District Court of Appeals that said property owners along Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie own the land above the water’s edge and the land beneath the water is open to the public.

The ruling in August largely upholds a decision by the Lake County Common Pleas Court in 2007 that established a moving boundary.

Dougherty, who is also Legal Director of the OEC Environmental Law Center, said a point of law beside the public access issue is at stake in the case.

He said the appeals court’s ruling, in effect, deprives the office of attorney general of legal standing in the case.

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The speed limit for much of State Route 51 in Lake Township will likely be dropping to 50 mph in the near future.
 
The township trustees have reluctantly agreed to a recommendation by the Ohio Department of Transportation to lower the limit to 50 mph from 55 mph between Fostoria and Pemberville roads. The limit will remain 45 mph between Pemberville Road to the east corporation limit of the City of Northwood.
 
The trustees Tuesday unanimously agreed to the 50-mph limit after ODOT rejected their request to lower the limit to 45 mph for all of Route 51 in the township.

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The Northwest Ohio Carpenter’s Union has lent a hand for a charity project in

Stony Ridge.

Apprentices helped with a house that has been taken on as a rehab project by the community and nearby churches. The union is based in Rossford.

The “Stony Ridge Community Rehab Project” was developed to help a woman in the village who needed major renovations done for her home. The home belongs to Natalie St. Arnaud, a shut-in member of St. John's Lutheran Church and lifelong resident of Stony Ridge.

Joining in the forces are church members from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, Stony Ridge Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Latcha.

St. John’s Lutheran Church and members of the community formed a steering committee that met with the St. Arnaud’s family, toured the house, assessed the needs and came up with the projected amount of money needed for the project, said Nancy Gerwin, a volunteer overseeing the project. Gerwin called the union coordinator, Mike Ball, to offer the opportunity for carpentry apprentices to get involved.

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A grant of $100,000 from FirstEnergy Solutions to Lake Township comes with no strings attached, Tom Hays, township solicitor, informed the township’s trustees last week.
 
Hays said the township became eligible for the grant by signing an agreement for electric service with the utility through the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition.
 
The trustees in June agreed to a contract with FirstEnergy for service to homeowners and small businesses that chose to not opt out of the coalition’s agreement with the company.

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The Lake Township trustees may ask the Ohio Department of Transportation to reconsider its proposal to lower the speed limit on State Route 51 to 50 MPH and instead lower the limit to 45 MPH, a trustee said last week.

At the request of the trustees, ODOT recently conducted a speed study of the stretch of Rt. 51 in the township and came up with several proposals for enhancing safety, including establishing a no-passing zone between Cason Street and Millbury Road and lowering the speed limit to 50 MPH from Pemberville Road east to the township limits at Fostoria Road.

The current speed limit is 55 MPH.

Trustee Richard Welling said he and the other trustees will be monitoring the frequency of accidents on Route 51 and make an additional request to lower the speed limit if there isn’t a decline.

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