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Area school administrators agree there are many benefits for children to be enrolled in an all-day, everyday kindergarten program.
Then there is the ever present issue of having to fund it.
State Representative Randy Gardner last week offered sponsor testimony for a bill he introduced in November that would exempt districts from a requirement in the state’s biennium budget for all-day kindergarten and what he says are other unfunded mandates.
“The state operating budget has already cut state aid to school funding by $497 million, and these mandates will only further the financial burden of many school districts during this economic turmoil,” he said.
His bill, HB 366, directs the Ohio School Funding Advisory Council to identify unfunded or underfunded school mandates enacted in the budget. A member of the council, Rep. Gardner says he’s already raised concerns at the panel’s first meeting.
“Under the new biennial budget, every school district for the first time in decades saw a significant cut to their funding. When enacted, my legislation will allow each school district’s board of education to decide if they can adopt the new education regulations, taking into account each district’s budgetary constraints,” Gardner said.
While trying to light the pilot light on his hot water heater, an explosion rocked
David Ladd’s world.
Two residential structures in Northwood will be demolished this winter after being declared nuisances by the Wood County Health Department.
Funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), also known as the “Welcome Home” program, will be used to raze the structures, according to Northwood City Administrator Pat Bacon.
An asbestos study has been completed and will be submitted to the Wood County Planning Commission, said Bacon.
“The next step is to advertise for bids,” she said. “My hope is to have the structures demolished and the property cleared in late January or early February.”
Bacon identified the structures to be removed. “I knew grant monies were there, so I identified two properties and said, `Let’s get going on these.’ So now it goes to the Wood County Planning Commission for its stamp of approval.”
The NSP grant can only be used in designated areas, said Bacon.
“The designated area in Northwood is where we have a lot of foreclosures,” she said.
The Ohio Department of Development will support the Northern Wood County Port Authority’s assessment project with a commitment of Clean Ohio Assistance Funds to clean up industrial property at the former Libbey-Owens-Ford (LOF) site in Northwood.
City Administrator Pat Bacon said $297,968 in brownfield redevelopment funds will be used to finance Phase II of an environmental assessment of the Industrial and Warehouse project on East Broadway.
The assessment will determine the environmental suitability of the property and the possible need for any remediation, said Bacon.
“The soil is contaminated. There’s no doubt about it,” said Bacon. “There used to be a paint shop there. There’s a huge building at the back of the property. It’s an ideal building for someone to relocate. For that to be an industrial park again, it just simply needs to be cleaned up because it’s contaminated. It’s very expensive to do.”
“Right now, no one is going to want to go in there because of the environmental issues,” said Mayor Mark Stoner.
BP-Husky Refining LLC announced a major equipment upgrade at the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio.
Refinery officials say the project will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. The estimated $400 million investment will create, on average, an additional 200 temporary construction jobs over the next few years, totaling one million man-hours.
“This project will be the largest investment in the refinery in quite some time,” said Ron Unnerstall, president and refinery manager of BP-Husky Refining LLC. “It will put hundreds of people to work this year, protect existing jobs, enhance energy security for the region and improve the plant’s overall efficiency while also improving competitiveness.
“The investment, which we refer to as our Reformer 3 project, will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. We will be replacing two existing reformers and one hydrogen plant with one new state-of- the-art reformer,” Unnerstall continued.
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