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Funds in an account used by Oregon for environmental purposes has dropped sharply due to legal battles between the city and Envirosave Services of Ohio, Inc.

Council last week appropriated $70,000 from the general fund to pay for professional services because there wasn’t enough money in the 975 account. The city collects approximately $200,000 annually in fees it charges Envirosafe to dump hazardous waste into its landfill. The state of Ohio gets $9 per ton of waste dumped in the landfill, and the city gets 10 percent of that, or .90 per ton. The revenue is earmarked in its hazardous waste fund known as the 975 account.

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Oregon City Council last week approved a $78,865 contract with ARCADIS U.S. Inc., to test the soil in the city’s right of way adjacent to Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc. to determine if contamination is migrating from the hazardous waste landfill.

Envirosafe has, for years, operated its own monitoring wells.

The city’s Public Utilities and Environmental Committee this summer unanimously recommended to council that the city install its own monitoring wells in response to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Violations to Envirosafe earlier this year regarding leachate levels in Cell M, Envirosafe’s only active hazardous waste cell, and the inspections of the dewatering trenches and water line trench.

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Northwood is planning to build a new salt storage facility, partly with revenue from its Redflex camera fund.

Redflex is the company the city contracts with to operate its red light and speed enforcement cameras, which photograph the license plates of vehicles speeding and/or running red lights at certain intersections. A mobile speed van also takes snapshots of motorists at various locations in the city. Former Police Chief Gerald Herman a few years ago persuaded the city to add the cameras as a way to improve safety at intersections with high rates of traffic accidents.

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With the Eastwood School District’s 1 percent income tax collecting more revenues after being on the books for 18 months and the district receiving more revenues than expected from Troy Energy, total revenues for the first two months of the fiscal year starting July 1 are higher than projected for the Wood County school system.

Superintendent Brent Welker last week released figures for the district which show the income tax in July and August of 2008 generated approximately $819,631, compared to $240,271 during the same two months last year.

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Proposed changes to the zoning resolution in Woodville Township cover a wide range of issues, including wind energy, adult entertainment businesses, and the definition of a farm.

The township zoning commission will meet Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the fire station, 321 E. Main Street, Woodville, to discuss proposals for the resolution and corrections to the township zoning map.

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Ebola outbreak

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