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Resolutions for hiring personnel, purchasing new equipment and maintaining facilities of the Lake Township Fire Department were approved Tuesday by the township trustees.

The township will purchase a new fire truck from Sutphen, of Dublin, O., for $465,759.

The company submitted the lowest of two bids, according to Bruce Moritz, fire chief, who said production of the new truck would take about eight or nine months. The township is replacing a vehicle that is more than 20 years old.

Moritz said the department has $200,000 in its budget for a down payment and will finance the balance.

The manufacturer is offering to pay 2.5 percent in interest on the down payment during the production period, which can be applied to the price of the vehicle, he said.

An application for a Special Use Exemption (SUE) permit to raise six hens in a residential area on S. Wynn Road in Oregon that was withdrawn this summer has been resubmitted for approval.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 before Oregon City Council.

The Oregon Planning Commission in August unanimously recommended approval of David Pullella’s reapplication for the SUE, a reversal of the Commission’s 3-2 vote that an earlier application for the SUE be denied in June. There had been opposition from some nearby property owners. The property at 935 S. Wynn Road is in a low density residential district.

Pullella had asked council several weeks ago that he be allowed to withdraw his original application for an SUE due to some confusion regarding his intent for the permit.

With a decision by a veteran Lake Township trustee to not seek re-election in November, and a decision by an incumbent member of Walbridge Village Council to seek her seat on the board of trustees, there will be new faces next year on the board and council.

Melanie Bowen, who will be completing her fourth four-year term as a township trustee, said Tuesday family responsibilities are preventing her from spending as much time on township business as she’d like.

“I couldn’t give 100 percent to the job,” she said. “When you can’t do that it’s not fair to the residents.”

Ken Gilsdorf, a member of village council, is one of three candidates for the seat being vacated by Bowen.

Michael Evanoff, Meadowview Lane, and Matthew Schober, Luckey Road, are also on the ballot.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is offering funds to help eligible homeowners in Lucas County to repair or replace their septic systems.

The Ohio EPA awarded a $300,000 loan to the county as part of the Ohio Department of Health’s Home Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS) Repair/Replacement project for 2015.

The Ohio EPA also provided funds for HSTS repairs/replacements in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, according to Dina Pierce, media coordinator for the northwest and southwest district of the Ohio EPA. This round of funding is being co-administered with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

The funding is expected to improve the quality of life for low-income residents by repairing or replacing failing home sewage treatment systems at an affordable cost. In addition to addressing potential health concerns, local water quality will benefit from the improvements. By targeting failing home sewage systems in the western Lake Erie basin, nutrient and bacteria runoff into the lake is expected to be reduced. The western basin of Lake Erie has been plagued by algal blooms in the last several years, some of it due to leaking septic systems along the lake.

Of course, the shark epidemic on the Carolina coast is no threat here, but Lake Erie has its own shark — the walleye.

Dr. Chris Vandergoot

Believe it or not, that’s what Dr. Chris Vandergoot, supervisor with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Sandusky Fisheries Unit, calls the walleye — “Lake Erie’s shark” because walleye are the lake’s predator.

Thanks to new technology, the Ohio DNR is better understanding that a single walleye gets around — after spawning, it can virtually travel from the western basin to the central and even eastern basin in a year’s time, and then back to the western basin to spawn again in the spring.

Some walleye, Dr. Vandergoot says, leave the western basin and travel to Lake Huron and back. They are just beginning to record their paths using digital technology, and can follow a single walleye’s movements while it’s spawning on a reef, or its long term movements throughout the lake.

Dr. Vandergoot says walleye, a cold water species, moves east as you get into the warmer, summer months because the colder, deeper water in the central and eastern basins promotes growth and more foraging opportunities. He says because of their new study, movements previously understood have been confirmed, and new movements are being discovered.

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