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A bill pending in the state legislature that aims to put two nuclear power plants in Ohio back on sound financial footing has drawn the support of the superintendent of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District.

 Guy Parmigian testified last week before the House of Representatives Public Utilities Committee that the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station plays a vital role in the district as a major employer, tax payer and corporate leader.

 At the request of the county prosecutor’s office, two zoning violation charges against operators of a quarry were dismissed last week in Ottawa County Municipal Court.  

The charges were filed last year by former prosecutor Mark Mulligan at the request of Benton Township, which contended dumping of spent lime from the City of Toledo’s water treatment plant in berms around the quarry violated the township’s zoning regulations.

 Two farm organizations are closely monitoring the state biennium budget bill as it winds through the House of Representatives, hoping lawmakers will reform the Current Agricultural Use Valuation tax program.

 “Fixing the broken CAUV formula remains our number one issue at the state level,” Joe Logan, president of the Ohio Farmers Union, said. “OFU is grateful that the House has realized the urgent need for CAUV reform.”  He said the organization will hold its final judgment on the House proposal until after it’s reviewed the bill.

 A hearing is scheduled for April 25 in Ottawa County Municipal Court to decide a zoning case against operators of a quarry in Benton Township.

 The township is alleging violations of section 519.23 of the Ohio Revised Code, which states, “No building shall be located, erected, constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, changed, maintained, or used, and no land shall be used in violation of any resolution, or amendment or supplement to such resolution, adopted by any board of township trustees….”

 Depending on water levels, a project to clear Toussaint Creek in Wood, Sandusky and Ottawa counties will start by early summer, according to the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District.

 The project will include removing log jams and leaning trees from an approximately 34-mile stretch of the creek.  Mike Libben, program administrator for the Ottawa SWCD, said he’s had a pre-construction meeting with the contractor, D&M Earthmoving, Wakeman, O., and SWCD technicians have been marking trees and log jams.




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