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As Dr. Larry M. Antosch stepped up the microphone at an environmental forum, he first quoted from Ohio Farm Bureau testimony to state legislators:
“…Clean water cannot come at the expense of food production, nor can farming trump the need for clean water. Fortunately, we can have both. One is not exclusive of the other…”
Dr. Antosch, the OFB senior director for policy development and environmental policy, says that statewide, farmers are taking on, voluntarily and collaboratively, programs that will help reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. He says agribusiness associations are getting the message out to the farming community on how to meet new requirements set by Senate bills 1 and 150, both enacted in 2015.
Harmful algal blooms gained considerable notoriety when the City of Toledo was faced with unsafe levels of microcystin toxin in drinking water during the Toledo Water Crisis in August 2014
In response to growing concerns about the toxin in municipal water systems and high costs associated with treating it, collaborative efforts by multiple organizations and government are bringing in millions of dollars to aid farmers and academic research.
The Ohio Farm Bureau has invested $2 million and counting of membership funds, says Dr. Larry M. Antosch, senior director for the OFB’s policy development and environmental policy division.
In 2014, the bureau dedicated $1 million of its own resources to water quality action plans, which was a “large commitment by our board,” says Dr. Antosch.
Following a public hearing, Oregon City Council on Monday approved a zoning change for Al Tawil, who plans to build a gun shop and firing range at 1463 and 1469 Towers Drive.
The zoning change is from M-2 General Industrial to C-2 General Commercial.
The Project Review Committee thought C-2 was appropriate zoning for the parcels, according to James Gilmore, building and zoning commissioner. He said an abandoned car wash is currently on the property. The M-2 zoning was most likely from a different use before the car wash was built several years ago, he added.
A committee established to study building needs of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District has scheduled two community forums to gather input from district residents.
The forums will be held Feb. 1 and March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Both will be held in the auditorium of Oak Harbor Middle School – the oldest school building currently in use in the B-C-S system.
B-C-S superintendent Guy Parmigian said the goal of the 40 or so members of the committee is to have a recommendation before the board of education by the summer of 2016 for the middle school, R.C. Waters Elementary School and Oak Harbor High School.
The Oregon Planning Commission on Dec. 15 approved a zoning change for Circle K, which plans to expand its parking at 2614 and 2626 Starr Ave., where the former Beth Allen’s Florist is located.
Circle K received an “Exception Allowed” in an R-2 Medium Density Residential District to construct a parking lot at the Starr Avenue site. Circle K’s zoning request allows parking on residential property next to a commercial zone. The “Exception Allowed” means the request does not have to go before council for approval.
Beth Allen’s Florist, which abuts Circle K on Starr Avenue, is zoned R-2 Medium Density Residential, a non-conforming use. It will be torn down to make way for the additional parking. Circle K is zoned C-1.
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