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 An initial offer of $25,000 from CSX Transportation wasn’t enough for the Lake Township trustees to decide to authorize the rail company’s removal of a rail crossing at Walbridge Road and closing it to vehicular traffic.

 The trustees Tuesday voted unanimously to decline the offer after a brief discussion and fielding questions from residents.  In an April 27 letter to the trustees, the rail company said it is pursuing the closure “in response to changing railroad operating conditions and believes this to the best option to limit public impacts while also improving public safety. The option to close public, at-grade railroad crossings also aligns with goals established by the United States Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration to reduce the total number of public at-grade crossings nationally.”

 The Woodmore school board has approved a three-year superintendent’s contract for Robert Yenrick, who’s held several positions in the Bowling Green City School District.

 The contract, which goes into effect July 1, includes a starting annual salary of $105,000.  Yenrick replaces Kevin Ball, Woodmore middle school principal and special education director,  who was appointed interim superintendent earlier this year. Ball will continue with his principal and special education positions.

 Ottawa County Prosecutor James VanEerten said last week he still has the option of refiling zoning violation charges in the county municipal court against a Benton Township quarry operation, but will wait for the outcome of various appeals pending before the Ohio Supreme Court and the Sixth District Court of Appeals before making a decision.

 The municipal court last month agreed to his request to dismiss two zoning violations against Rocky Ridge Development, LLC, the quarry owner. Because the complaints were dismissed without prejudice, the prosecutor can refile against the quarry.

A bill pending in the state legislature that aims to put two nuclear power plants in Ohio back on sound financial footing has drawn the support of the superintendent of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District.

 Guy Parmigian testified last week before the House of Representatives Public Utilities Committee that the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station plays a vital role in the district as a major employer, tax payer and corporate leader.

 At the request of the county prosecutor’s office, two zoning violation charges against operators of a quarry were dismissed last week in Ottawa County Municipal Court.  

The charges were filed last year by former prosecutor Mark Mulligan at the request of Benton Township, which contended dumping of spent lime from the City of Toledo’s water treatment plant in berms around the quarry violated the township’s zoning regulations.

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