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Oregon is submitting an application to the Ohio EPA seeking a $16.2 million loan for ozone improvements to the water treatment plant.

The Ohio EPA is making funds available through the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account to provide financial assistance to communities needing to make such improvements.

The plant’s $17.6 million Harmful Algae Bloom Infrastructure Improvements Project will destroy microcystin – a toxin that was responsible for the three day tap water ban in Toledo last year. Oregon was unaffected by the toxin, but has nonetheless been upgrading its water treatment plant to improve water quality. The water source for Toledo’s and Oregon’s water treatment plants is Lake Erie’s Western Basin, which has been plagued by large blue green algal blooms for years. The raw water intake for each community is about a mile apart.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals in Wood County has upheld the 2014 conviction of a man for a theft charge stemming from an incident at a hotel in Northwood.

Nathaniel L. Lewis, Jr., had appealed a Wood County Common Pleas Court sentence of 11 months in prison after he pled guilty to a fifth degree felony theft charge. The original indictment included one count of felonious assault but was amended to the theft charge.

In his appeal, Lewis argued the trial court failed to comply with statutory sentencing requirements – in particular the court improperly considered prior, unrelated dismissed charges in imposing the prison sentence.

During the sentencing hearing, the court asked Lewis’ attorney if Lewis had been charged with assault four times.

Joe Helle achieved his goal.

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Joe Helle

After working to visit every house in the Village of Oak Harbor, Helle’s dedication paid off as he was elected mayor earlier this month

“It was overwhelming to say the least. The state pushed back the release of results to after 9 p.m., which made the waiting even worse,” he said. “My wife, Andrea, and I stayed up until after 10 to see the results come over the screen, and I remember thanking her for all of her support through all of this.

“It means absolutely everything to me (to be elected mayor). Knowing that the residents of Oak Harbor have placed their confidence in me for the next four years is very humbling and I can't wait to get to work for them. They deserve it.”

The Ottawa County commissioners will meet next week to hold departmental budget hearings for 2016.

The commissioners have scheduled special sessions Nov. 16-23 at 8 a.m. to discuss department requests.

In the county’s 2014 annual report, the commissioners stated the county was able to maintain existing services and a balanced financial position because elected officials and employees focused on containing costs.

A permanent increase of 0.25 percent in the sales tax that went into effect in July 2013 generated $1.6 million in 2014.

The general fund ended 2014 with revenues exceeding expenses by $976,631. Without the sales tax the fund would have had a deficit of $633,623.

When he assumes the mayor’s post in the Village of Clay Center in January, Mark Franks plans to implement some changes in the village administration.

One of his goals for 2016 is to reorganize the police department, Franks said.

Before that, however, there are seats to fill on village council as no one filed to run in the election for either of two open seats.

“In a small town like this, we only have about 250 residents, it’s hard to get people involved in local government,” said Franks, who served a term on village council before running unopposed for the mayor’s office. “We’ve had a hard time filling our zoning commission also. We’re supposed to have five seated members. We only have three.”

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