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Oregon City Council on Monday will vote on a proposed agreement with Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., that would include dropping its appeal with the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC).

ERAC is reviewing an appeal by the city of a decision by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that allows the hazardous waste landfill to vertically expand Cell M, the facility’s only active landfill at 867 Otter Creek Road.

The Ohio EPA’s director on Sept. 15, 2005, approved an application for a modification of Envirosafe’s permit to increase the allowable elevation of Cell M at the facility from the limits in the facility’s original permit issued in 1991 by the Ohio Hazardous Waste Facility Board to 714 feet above the mean sea level.

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Bench, Sheahan unseat Gray, Graffis; levy loses

Newcomers David Bench and Ron Sheahan will take their seats on the Jerusalem Township board of trustees next year, while a police levy that would have funded current police services from the sheriff’s department was defeated on Tuesday.

Bench and Sheahan unseated incumbents Joe Gray and Rodney Graffis.

Bench, 59, is a self-employed farmer at Bench Farms. He received the top vote, 974 votes, or 41.10 percent of the vote cast.

Bench attributed his win to name recognition of his business, and voters’ desire for change.

“I’ve been going to the meetings for about a year, and nothing ever seemed to get done,” he said. “I kept telling trustees that they work for the people. We pay their wages.”

Sheahan, 45, is a project manager at Dimech Services, Inc. He received 581 votes, or 24.51 percent of the vote.

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For famed East Toledo artist Bernie Andrews, being diagnosed with colon cancer

was a surprise. Finding out about it weeks after being admitted to St. Charles Hospital was even more shocking.

According to Lewie Andrews, Bernie’s father, his son was made aware of his condition just two days ago, after going through major surgery.

“In the last two days he has woken up and he is beginning to understand what people are saying to him,” Lewie said. “He did not know where he was or what had happened to him.”

According to Lewie, Bernie, 58, had visited a VA clinic in Ann Arbor three weeks ago with stomach issues. Doctors had told him that he was constipated and gave him medicine to deal with the discomfort. While with his parents, Bernie fell to the ground and 911 was called.

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Eastwood now focuses on building improvements
The Eastwood administration will be assembling a panel to map out a plan for improvements to the district’s elementary buildings, superintendent Brent Welker said Wednesday after voters rejected a local bond issue that would have leveraged state funds for a new school.

“Now that we are going to be in these buildings for the foreseeable future, we will be looking to put a group together to look at how we can best work to extend their useful life,” he said. “The goal will be to develop a plan and a cost analysis for making needed improvements to the infrastructure of each building.”

Voters last week said no to a 2.64-mill bond levy and an 0.75-mill permanent improvement levy that would have been used to construct and maintain a new elementary school on the central campus.

According to unofficial results of the Wood County Board of Elections, 2,154 (59.1 percent) voted against the levy and 1,489 (40.8 percent) voted for it.

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A $475 million Great Lakes restoration initiative expected to be signed by President Barack Obama, could help fund an “Eco island” that would eliminate open lake dumping of dredging from the Toledo shipping channel.

The island, or habitat restoration unit, would create an area for fish spawning, birds and other habitat and would be observed by tourists visiting the restored Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, according to Sandy Bihn, Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper.

“A lot of money will be coming into this area in the next federal fiscal year,” said Bihn. “There are 16 agencies that will oversee the funding and what can be done with it. We believe that a project that eliminates open lake dumping, a practice many of us have opposed for years and contributes to the algae problem in the lake, will keep the waters from being so muddy and will be better for the fish and its habitat.”

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