The Press Newspaper
Zoning issues in Lake and Woodville townships will be the subject this month of hearings.
An application to rezone a 1.23-acre parcel in Lake Township from agricultural to light industrial is on the agenda of the July 2 meeting of the Wood County Planning Commission.
The applicants would like to use the property, located at the southeast corner of Walbridge and E. Broadway, to house storage tanks which will be used in the recycling of biodegradable oils for restaurant use.
After over 100 hours of surveying, Clay High School environmental science and biology teacher Dennis Slotnick says no evidence exists that the school’s wind turbine poses a threat to wildlife.
Slotnick said Ohio Department of Natural Resource protocols were used for the bird kill searches at the two Eisenhower turbines and the Clay turbine.
So far, only one red bat was found under the turbine last November. Slotnick says an independent searcher from the University of Toledo along with Clay students have found zero bird kills.
Outgoing Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar said his replacement will face several challenges in the district, including garnering additional school funding, new state and federal mandates, and the state report cards.
“School funding will continue to be a challenge for public education,” said Zalar. “At some point in the near future, the district will need to secure additional operating funds or be forced to make some difficult decisions that will impact the quality of education for students.”
The district will also have to deal with new, unfunded, state and federal mandates being imposed on public education, he said.
About 1,400 boaters, including 573 at Meinke Marina and 419 at Anchor Pointe Marina, are again able to navigate Cooley Canal to reach Lake Erie waters, thanks to the completion of a $300,000 dredging project.
That includes hundreds more that annually use Lucas County’s public dock on Cooley Canal, located in Jerusalem Township.
The problem began last summer when boats were getting stuck on sandbars and had to be towed. The reason — lake levels have dropped, says Paul Ashburn, board member and officer for Anchor Pointe.