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The Ohio Department of Transportation last week began the process of removing a towering mound of dirt it dumped at the Woodville Road/I-280 Interchange several years ago when preparing for the Veterans Glass City Skyway (VCGS), formerly known as the new I-280 Maumee River crossing.

The agency had planned to remove the mound upon completion of the VCGS, which was dedicated in June, 2007.

Northwood, which had earmarked funds for two years to buy a new $700,000 ladder truck at Fire Station No. 1, received the massive, shiny red fire engine last month.

The truck, which has a ladder that spans over 100 feet, replaces its 1978 “tele-squirt” truck, which had a 50-foot ladder, according to Mayor Mark Stoner.

“The tele-squirt was nothing like this one. When I first saw it, I thought we had bought a bus. It’s huge,” said Stoner.

For the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to operate completely independent of state general revenue funding it is necessary for the agency to raise some existing fees such as those levied on municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris, Chris Korleski, the agency’s director, said last week in testimony before the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee.

After writing more than 30 letters to county and state officials and agencies, the Lake Township trustees want to meet face-to-face with the Ohio Department of Transportation to discuss the traffic situation at the corner of State Route 51 and Millbury Road – the scene of a fatal crash last week.

“We’ve been sending letters out feverishly,” Melanie Bowen, who chairs the township’s board of trustees, said Tuesday during the trustees’ meeting. “We want to ask them (ODOT) what needs to be done for this intersection,”

Officials in Wood and Ottawa counties have approved funding a study to determine if it’s viable to link their water distribution systems, which would provide Wood County’s Northwestern Water and Sewer District with another source for purchasing water.

Trustees of the Northwestern district and the Ottawa County commissioners Thursday approved funding the study.