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At an Oregon City Council meeting last month, Councilwoman Sandy Bihn asked about the condition of Oregon’s waterlines.

Bihn, who is also executive director of Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Inc., said she had been following the problems that occurred in Flint, Michigan, where high levels of lead were found last year in the drinking water that was drawn from the Flint River.

Flint, which switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River as a drinking water source to cut costs, reconnected last year to the Detroit water system, which draws its water from Lake Huron, after it was determined that the corrosive river water was drawing lead from aging pipes.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved the purchase of a portion of property on Hollydale Avenue and Navarre Avenue as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement project.

The side yard of the property at 2558 Hollydale is being widened for the improvement of a sidewalk, according to Mayor Mike Seferian.

“It’s not a lot of property – just about 20 square feet,” he added.

The city also purchased property from Free Way Service Center, 2665 Navarre Avenue, for a temporary easement.

A vote to change the bylaws to formally establish a panel focused on water-related issues is on the agenda of the 2016 General Assembly of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments set for Jan. 25 in Perrysburg.

After months of studying, TMACOG members last year agreed water issues should be more of a priority for the council of governments’ Environmental Planning Department.

Under the new format, the Water Quality Council becomes the lead committee of the department and makes policy recommendations and will develop a regional agenda for water issues.

The council held its inaugural meeting in November and heard speakers from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District received a low interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to address storm water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system in Northwood.

The sewer district is funding the project with the $237,914 loan from the agency’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which provides below market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems.

The loan will be used to rehabilitate sanitary sewers in the Homecraft area of Northwood (Andrus and Tracy roads area), which connects to Toledo’s collection system. Toledo is continuing a long-term project to address sewer overflows within the city’s sewer system that will improve local and Lake Erie water quality, according to officials from the Ohio EPA. In addition to helping to reduce sewer overflows in Toledo, the Northwood project will alleviate local basement sewage backups.

Phase 1 of the Cedar Point Road trunk sewer installation in Oregon that started last Monday is expected to be completed by the end of June.

The city awarded a contract to install a 24-inch trunk sanitary sewer along the west side of Wynn Road starting just north of Eagles Landing Drive and ending just south of the Wynnscape subdivision.

The work will be in the existing public right of way along Wynn Road, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. The trunk sanitary sewer will have will have the capacity and depth to be extended down Cedar Point Road to the east in the future. Some sanitary sewer crossovers will be provided for future service to properties on the east side of Wynn Road that do not currently have access to a sanitary sewer.

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