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St. Charles Mercy Hospital plans to upgrade its substation and run a new set of power lines to increase its supply of electricity.

But the city requires new electric lines in residential subdivisions be underground.

FirstEnergy, which owns Toledo Edison, has insisted that the lines have to be above ground because they are high voltage, Mayor Marge Brown told city council last week.

Brown, public service director Paul Roman, Administrator Ken Filipiak, and Law Director Paul Goldberg met with Edison officials last week “to show our side of the equation,” said Brown.

“They are telling us they cannot bury the wires, they have to be above ground. These are 90 foot wires you will see when you come off I-280 to Navarre,” said Brown.

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Residential electric customers in Lake Township can expect a 6 percent discount off the rate to be set by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for member communities of a coalition, Tom Hays, township solicitor, said last week in a memo to the township trustees.

Hays and other representatives of Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition communities met recently to discuss a proposal by First Energy Solutions to extend the coalition contract for another six years.

“During this extension period FES will provide a 6 percent discount for residential customers and a 4 percent discount for small commercial customers from the standard rate set through the PUCO process,” the memo says. “In addition, Lake Township would receive a one-time payment of $30 per customer.”

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BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon has applied to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for a draft air pollution control permit-to-install to replace existing equipment and install a new process unit, which would reduce overall air emissions.

The proposed BP-Husky Reformer 3 project involves replacing two existing naphtha reformers with a new reformer with a new gas-fired heater. The old naphtha reformers and a hydrogen furnace would be shut down.

Naphtha is a petroleum hydrocarbon (oil byproduct), or “bad gasoline” because its octane value is around 50 or 60 percent, and the minimum octane found at the gas pump is about 87 octane, explained Dina Pierce, spokesman for the Ohio EPA.

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The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a City of

   Marge Brown    Mike Seferian

Oregon Mayor Debate October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mercy St. Charles Hospital auditorium.

The event is being sponsored by the chamber, The Press Newspapers, and WRSCradio.com, which will be internet broadcasting the debate. The broadcast will be live and archived on the station’s website.

Both candidates running for mayor, incumbent Marge Brown and challenger Mike Seferian, will answer questions submitted by the members of the chamber, Oregon citizens, and local media.

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Correction: In an article on how the Oregon School Board is spending revenue from its P.I. levy that appeared in last week’s edition of The Press, it should have said the district has a 5.95 emergency levy on the August ballot. The Press regrets the error.
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