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Once again the building that housed the former Millbury Elementary School appears to be headed for sale.
Jerry O’Reilly, who purchased the building at auction in 2008 from the Lake Board of Education for $45,100, said last week he’s been moving items to a larger building in downtown Toledo.
O’Reilly had operated an electronics store in the kitchen area of a newer section of the building but said he’s grown frustrated with zoning disputes with the Village of Millbury and has decided to vacate the building.
Meanwhile, a non-profit organization formed in 1996 to preserve the building after the school board decided to consolidate district operations on the Lemoyne Road campus, has filed a notice with the Ohio Secretary of State to dissolve.
Last year, two railroad overpasses over the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks on Wales Road were completed. The $11.2 million project effectively eliminated two railroad crossings to open up traffic that was frequently delayed by trains. Yet there is another set of tracks on Wales that is blocking traffic.
“The third set of tracks is becoming a problem, with trains blocking the tracks during the day, especially at specific times,” said Northwood Councilwoman Connie Hughes at a recent council meeting. She noted that school buses are getting blocked in the mornings while transporting students to school, and in the afternoons on the way back.
“We’ve had a lot of residents complain about it,” she said. “It just seems to be getting more prevalent, and I think we need to talk to the railroad. I just don’t understand why they can’t work with us and unblock those tracks during specific times of the day.”
Two mainstays in Oak Harbor's local government recently attended their final village council meeting.
Mayor Bill Eberle, who was defeated in his quest for re-election, and councilman Jon Fickert, who resigned after serving in his position for 10 years, said goodbye after serving a combined 15 years.
Both men talked about what their experience serving has been like, why they chose to serve, and why they value the village so much.
“The village has done a lot for me. It’s given me a place to live. I love all the families, (and) I just wanted to give back," said Eberle, who moved from Port Clinton to Oak Harbor in 1987. "There's low crime, a 24-hour police force, (and) you're within driving distance, about 15-20 minutes, of everywhere you have to be. You don’t have the big-town atmosphere and it’s an excellent school system, and you don’t have to worry about your kids (when) sending them off to school."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking its weather forecasting capabilities one step further — it is now at the forefront of ecological forecasting, too.
That includes forecasting harmful algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie, says Dr. Deborah Lee, who became director of the NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), based in Ann Arbor, Mich., about one year ago.
Dr. Lee says protecting the world’s freshwater supply has never been more important because invasive species and harmful algae blooms can affect the lake’s ecosystem and food chain, and not just because the toxic blue-green algae microcystis that blooms in late summer is poisonous to humans. She was speaking to over 50 guests at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center on Bayshore Road, Oregon, as part of the LEC’s public lecture series.
The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and an energy aggregation coalition are opposing a proposed rate plan settlement filed by FirstEnergy this month with state regulators.
The settlement outlines an eight-year rate provision included in a power purchase agreement with Ohio power plants, including the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, W.H. Sammis Plant in Stratton, Ohio, and a portion of the output of the Ohio Valley Electric Corp. in Gallipolis, Ohio and Madison, Ind. The Sammis and Ohio Valley plants are fueled by coal.
According to FirstEnergy, a typical residential customer using 750 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month could expect to pay about $3.25 more for the rate provision during the first full year of the plan. But the company estimates customers will save more than $560 million over the plan’s eight-year term as retail power prices increase.
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