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The Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (NOAC) has not approved a natural gas supplier for Oregon residents and other communities who are part of the group.

NOAC’s annual contract with its previous supplier, IGS Energy, expired in April.

As a result, consumers will revert back to Columbia Gas as their supplier, unless they independently negotiate rates with alternate natural gas companies.

NOAC represents communities that have banded together to negotiate cheaper rates for electric and natural gas customers in Oregon, Northwood, Lake Township, Toledo, Lucas County, Sylvania, Maumee, Perrysburg Township, Holland, and unincorporated areas of Lucas County.

In 1991, Terry Jay Breymaier and wife Mary Nassar Breymaier were instrumental in the founding of Friends of Pearson — an organization that for nearly 25 years has been behind programming and the continued enhancement of 80-year-old Pearson Metropark.

Terry, now 66, has been president ever since, including interim president for the last five years as the organization seeks out new leadership.

Unfortunately, no one has come forward wanting to fill those leadership roles, and if it remains unfilled, the organization will vote on whether to disband at its November meeting.

The Breymaiers want people to know that even though Terry may resign as president, he will stay involved. New volunteers just need to step forward.

The Navarre Avenue safety grant project will be the topic at a stakeholder meeting on Oct. 23 at 9 a.m. in council chambers in the Oregon municipal building, 5330 Seaman Road.

The city received a safety grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve Navarre Avenue. The project limits are from I-280 to Isaac Streets Drive. Stakeholders are businesses located within the project limits that may be affected by the project.

“It’s fine if anyone else wishes to attend to see what’s going on, but it’s really to get property owners who are in between I-280 and Isaac Streets Drive to weigh in on what we’re proposing for the design,” Public Service Director Paul Roman said to The Press last week.

The project mostly consists of the construction of a median on Navarre Avenue with seven U-turn or “turnarounds’ located between the project limits, said Roman.

Emphasizing that it is not seeking a tax increase, the board of education of the Lake Local School District in November will again ask voters to convert a tax levy from a term issue to a continuing issue.

Lake voters on Nov. 4 will decide a 6.75-mill renewal issue that generates about $1.4 million annually for the district’s operational costs, including salaries and benefits.

Originally passed in 2012 as a 3-year issue, the district is asking voters to renew it as a continuing measure.

Jeff Carpenter, district treasurer, said the board and administration began almost 10 years ago seeking voter approval of converting term issues into continuing to avoid “voter fatigue.”

At a price of more than $100 a ton, it’s hard for governmental officials to consider road salt a bargain.

However, considering one option they discussed but declined in August was to buy it at more than $134 a ton, the Lake Township trustees Tuesday reluctantly agreed to buy 200 tons at a price of $21,050 - $105.25 per ton.

To facilitate the purchase, the trustees approved a transfer of $19,000 from a contingencies fund to a fund for operating supplies for roads.

Dan McLargin, road supervisor, told the trustees the new supply would increase the township’s stockpile to about 600 tons. Last winter, the road department went through about 700 tons, he said.

“We have to keep our people safe,” Melanie Bowen, chairman of the trustees, said, adding the high price will probably result in the trustees having to reduce spending elsewhere.

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