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With financial assistance from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District has been conducting an audit of its water system to determine where the system is losing water and revenues due to leaks, meter and billing problems and unmetered usage.

The survey will follow American Water Works Association guidelines, said Dina Pierce, an Ohio EPA spokesperson. Recommendations for addressing the sources of water losses will be included, she said.

Through the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account, the OEPA is providing a no-interest loan of $148,143 for the project, Pierce said.

An invoice for about $2 million being sent to the Ohio Department of Education by the Lake school board will never be paid.

Lake board members and the administration contend the funds would have better served taxpayers by not being diverted to charter schools.

Lake Erie Waterkeeper Sandy Bihn, as moderator of the Lake Erie Improvement’s Association forum on Lake Erie, introduced a guest who was not a scheduled speaker — State Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green).

In 2015, Gardner co-sponsored Senate Bill One, which banned the application of manure and fertilizer on frozen ground.

Eastwood FFA members Kirsten Ameling, Josh Isaacson, Lane Kemner, and Garrett Tuck received the American FFA Degree.

All the degree recipients are 2014 graduates of Eastwood High School.

The American Degree is the highest achievement in FFA, and less than one percent of FFA members earn the degree.

In order to achieve the American FFA Degree, FFA members must be at least 12 months removed from high school, must have completed numerous FFA and community service activities, and must have earned a minimum of $10,000 from their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects.

Ameling’s SAE projects consisted of raising and marketing beef cattle.

Oregon will be asking voters in the March primary to make Oregon’s temporary 2 ¼ percent income tax rate permanent.

The ballot measure would keep the income tax rate the same as it has been since 1982, except it would no longer be called a temporary tax.

“I think that after more than 30 years our residents understand that our income tax isn’t a temporary measure,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “It is essential to meeting the service needs of our community.”

Income tax revenue provides police, fire, streets, recreation and other essential services to the city.

“Oregon residents expect a high level of services, such as well maintained roads, outstanding police and fire, and full service refuse and recycling programs. As other communities look to increase their tax rates, we think this approach emphasizes our commitment to live within the tax rate that has been on the books for over 30 years,” he said.

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