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The Ohio Environmental Protection will hold a public information session and hearing next Thursday on a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the annual dredging of the Toledo Harbor federal navigational channel.

The Corps, in Buffalo, N.Y., applied for a water quality certification for the project, which includes the Maumee River and lake approach channel. If approved by the Ohio EPA, the Corps would dredge approximately 2 million cubic yards of sediment annually between 2010-2012. About 1.9 million cubic yards of material would be dumped in the open lake area of Lake Erie, a practice that has long been opposed by the agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and local environmental activists. The remaining 100,000 cubic yards would be placed into the confined disposal facility in the lake, according to Dina Pierce, spokesperson for the Ohio EPA.

Last year, the Corps were authorized to dump up to 900,000 cubic yards of sediment in the open lake, said Pierce.

“The request this time is quite a bit larger,” she added.

The Corps must dredge the channel every year to keep Toledo Harbor open to shipping.

Real estate developer R. Scott Dobson is dreaming big — whether or not he can
make his dream come true depends on if any investors will believe in his plan.

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The 1967 Eastwood graduate, educated at Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University, now makes his permanent home in Maine. Dobson is trying to piece together a $100 million project that would include up to 25 windmill turbines to provide green energy to the Midwest electrical grid.

These windmills would be bigger and more efficient than the windmills currently located off U.S. Route 6 near Bowling Green, he says. The BG turbines are partly where his idea sprang from. 

Seven businesses in Ottawa County sold alcohol to minors during a recent undercover operation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department while 11 businesses turned away those attempting to buy.

Sheriff’s detectives, working with Ottawa County Creative Alcohol Related Enforcement (CARE), conducted the operation in December.

The employees who sold alcohol to the minors will receive a summons to appear in Ottawa County Municipal Court to face first degree misdemeanor charges. Letters will also be sent to the businesses to inform them of the purchases.

The sales occurred at Herb’s Sportsman’s Supplies, Port Clinton; Dean’s Place, Marblehead; Bayshore Country Market, Marblehead; Shell Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; County Line Store, Port Clinton, and Pat’s Party Mart, Port Clinton.

The 11 businesses that didn’t sell will be notified by letter from the sheriff’s department that includes the attempted date and time of the purchase and recognizing the store’s compliance with the law.

The businesses that didn’t sell to the minors are: Friendship BP, Port Clinton;  Speedway, Port Clinton; Midway Carry Out, Port Clinton; Shell Mickey Mart, Lakeside; Friendship Sunoco, Lakeside; Mutach’s Market, Marblehead; Erie Food Market, Lakeside; A&A Market, Lakeside; Sunoco Friendship, Port Clinton; Rich’s Drive Thru, Port Clinton; Wozniak’s Sunoco, Port Clinton.

Ohio law sets the legal drinking age at 21.
 

Village Administrator Garth Reynolds has postponed receiving slightly more than $9,000 in pay.

Village council, at a special meeting in late December, approved $6,000 in retroactive merit pay for Reynolds, who was also expected to receive a 3 percent raise (or $3,023), according to his three-year contract.

He is currently paid $67,171 annually.

In a letter to Genoa Mayor Mark Williams, Reynolds deferred the merit pay indefinitely and stated he would go without the salary hike until Jan. 1, 2011 or until the time when other village workers receive raises.

Mayor Williams was not available for comment regarding Reynolds’ evaluation and subsequent merit pay approval.

Reynolds, who has worked for the village since November 2007, said raises for the nearly 20 village workers were discussed but were put off because of the economy.

The Lake Township trustees ended 2009 with a flurry, approving wage contracts with union and non-union employees; signing agreements for dispatching for emergency services, and other related matters.

The police department’s three sergeants will receive pay raises of $1 per hour plus a 1 percent raise for 2010 and 2.5 percent for 2011 and 2012.

The department’s 13 patrol officers and detective will receive raises of 2 percent for each of the three years.

With the exception of two office employees, who received $1 an hour raises for 2010, non-union employees in other departments were given 2 percent raises for 2010.

Employee contributions for health insurance were frozen at 8.5 percent.

The trustees renewed the township’s contract with LifeStar for 24-hour paramedic service and for the company to continue emergency dispatching service.

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