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Two of three state issues on the Nov. ballot have drawn the support of the Wood County Board of Commissioners.

The board has passed resolutions supporting Issue 1 and Issue 2 but the commissioners are unanimous in their opposition to Issue 3, which would provide for a group of investors the means to grow and sell marijuana in the state.

The resolution contends Issue 3 “permits investors to set their own preferential tax rates directly in the Ohio Constitution, rates that cannot be changed by the legislature like those on beer, wine and tobacco.”

In addition, it would give the investors “exclusive rights to commercial profits in Ohio” and insulates them from competition.

The commissioners’ support for Issue 2 mirrors their opposition to Issue 3.

Their resolution for Issue 2 says it “ensures that Ohio’s Constitution is not for sale and prohibits special interests from amending the constitution to create monopolies, oligopolies or cartels” and “ensures that our constitution cannot be abused and corrupted by those interested in obtaining exclusive deals and special commercial benefits.”

Oregon City Council recently approved an ordinance for a natural gas company to be the city’s natural gas aggregation supplier for 17 months.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (NOAC), of which Oregon has been a charter member, negotiated the cheapest rate for consumers in the coalition.

The contract starts in December and lasts until April of 2017.

NOAC annually evaluates and makes recommendations as to whether communities should enter into agreements with managed programs. NOAC, through Palmer Energy, solicits proposals for a new supply of natural gas. At least four proposals from natural gas suppliers were received this year. After a thorough review of each proposal, it was determined, and recommended by Mark Frye, president of Palmer Energy, that the proposal of Volunteer for Option #3 Min/Max be accepted to provide the most cost savings to consumers. It is estimated that the contract will save NOAC base customers about $1.4 million in one year.

For the administrators in the Northwood Local Schools, 2017 can not come fast enough.

After holding the official groundbreaking for the new 130,000 square foot, PK-12 building, the real construction is set to begin.

According to Superintendent Greg Clark, the pad for the school will be poured this month. The vertical building process will begin in the spring.

“This has been a long process, so seeing it come to life is very rewarding,” Clark said. “We are standing on the backs of those who came before us – those who helped make this district what it is today. We are very pleased to have a 21st century learning space for the students that will open in the fall of 2017.”

Planning for the new school began in 2003 with Ron Matter, former superintendent, Clark said.

The Book family is very close – and it’s no act.

The Woodville family, which consists of Matt and Stephanie and children, Ryan and Makenna, are currently starring in the Fremont Community Theatre’s production of “The Addams Family.”

Matt, the patriarch of the family, plays the bass in the orchestra; Stephanie is Alice Beineke, mother of the “normal” family; Ryan plays her son, Lucas, Wednesday Addams’ boyfriend, and Makenna will be covered in a big ball of fur with sunglasses to play everyone’s favorite, Cousin It.

“I think it’s nice that we can do something together as a family. Families are going in different directions sometimes, so it’s nice that we can have something where we’re all together,” said Stephanie, a native of the state of Oregon. “We’re a family away from our family with our theater friends. Instead of dropping my kid off and watching him from afar, I’m involved with it, and I get to have that fun with him.”

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is seeking to bring federal money to Northwest Ohio communities to improve water quality.

At the Collins Park Wastewater Treatment Plant in East Toledo Monday, Brown announced that he that he will re-introduce legislation to Congress that would help bring back sewer and water infrastructure to where it was decades ago.

The bill would authorize $1.8 billion over five years for a grant program to help financially distressed communities update their aging infrastructure. The program would provide a 75-25 cost share for municipalities to use for planning, design and construction of treatment works to control combined and sanitary sewer overflows.

“We need to do more to address water quality at its source, by preventing the toxic runoff that causes the algal blooms,” Brown said. “But we also need to help the communities across Ohio that are struggling to afford expensive — but vital — renovations to outdated sewer systems.

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