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Although the permit process doesn’t require public comment, residents of Benton Township may submit their comments to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency about Rocky Ridge Development’s application to accept spent lime into a local quarry.

In an email message to two township residents last week, Darla Peelle, a spokesperson for the Ohio EPA, said concerns should be sent to the EPA’s Division of Materials and Waste Management, Attn: Rocky Ridge Development, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, O. 43216.

“Comments will be considered, but commenters will not receive a response,” the email says.

Currently, the company has authorization to mix spent lime from the City of Toledo water treatment plant with soil and place the mixture on land around the quarry but not in the pit itself.

To counter the sharp decline in the population of the monarch butterfly, the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative is expanding a pilot program to establish habitat areas for the butterfly by collecting milkweed seed pods.

The seeds will be used for new plantings for the butterfly throughout Ohio in the coming years.

Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed plants and the monarch butterflies use milkweed to lay their eggs.

Locally, the Soil and Water Conservation District offices in Ottawa, Lucas and Wood counties are participating this year in the program as collection points for seed pods.

The state’s investigation into Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer started after local police chiefs in the county grew concerned about the sheriff’s “unusual behavior” when handling drug disposal drop box collections, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office.

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At the request of Sandusky County Prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation opened its probe in September 2015 that resulted last week in a county grand jury indicting the 42-year-old sheriff on 43 counts – 38 of them felonies.

Oregon City Council recently approved ordinances to remove and relocate overhead electric and cable wires to improve aesthetics as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement Project.

Council passed a purchase order and work agreements with Toledo Edison to relocate and remove lines for $195,751. Council also approved a purchase order and a work agreement with Buckeye Broadband to relocate aerial cable equipment and underground lines for $87,524.62.

The section of Navarre that will be affected is from I-280 to Isaac Streets Drive.

Anglers can help fishery managers by taking yellow perch they catch this year in Lake Erie to be scanned for microchips at one of seven stations along the coast.

A collaborative project among the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Ohio Sea Grant aims to study fish behavior, migration, population size and the rate of death by natural causes using data the public’s scanning efforts will provide.

“This research will help fisheries biologists better understand movement patterns of yellow perch, which in turn will assist agencies to better manage the yellow perch fishery,” said Patrick Kocovsky, a fishery biologist with the USGS Lake Erie Biological Station.

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