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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we also need to help the communities across Ohio that are struggling to afford expensive — but vital — renovations to outdated sewer systems.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider accepting the bid of Hank’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc., for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Secondary Treatment improvements – Phase 2 for $7.3 million.

Hank’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc. will provide labor, materials and equipment for the project.

“Hank’s Plumbing & Heating was determined to be the lowest and best bid,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman.

Kirk Bros. Co., Inc., submitted a higher bid of $7.5 million. Global Heavy Corporation submitted a bid of $6.2 million, lower than Hank’s Plumbing & Heating, but it did not meet with the city’s best bid criteria, said Roman.

“The company had no experience in public works or wastewater treatment work,” Roman said of Global Heavy Corporation. “In addition to that, they did not provide any of the required documents. Due to the lack of providing the proper documentation…Hank’s Plumbing & Heating was the best bid.”

Oregon City Council on Monday voted 7-0 against a zoning change request that would have allowed a resident to operate a dog kennel at 6143 Seaman Road.

Elisa Shufelt, on behalf of owners Fenno and Linda Vanderveen, applied for a Special Use Exception (SUE) in an R-1 Low Density Residential District that would have allowed housing more than three dogs on the premises. Oregon allows residents to own a minimum of three dogs.

The Oregon Planning Commission on Aug. 18 voted 5-0 against the application. The Project Review Committee stated that the planning commission should consider the impact the kennel would have on neighboring properties.

Mayor Mike Seferian, who is also on the planning commission, said he spoke to the applicant before the meeting.

For Jordan and Morgan Kovacs, of Curtice, living separate and divergent lives has become a reality the brother and sister have accepted.

Morgan Kovacs

Jordan, a 2008 Clay High School graduate, went to the University of Michigan, graduating in 2013 with a degree in Movement Science. As a member of the UM football team, Kovacs, a walk on, fought his way onto the team eventually becoming the team's captain in 2012 as well as the MVP.

“I have always loved playing football, but a lot had to fall into place to get on the team,” Kovacs said. “Things really have worked out in an interesting way.”

That would be an understatement. As a kid, Jordan, like many others his age, dreamed of playing in the National Football League. Through the trials and triumphs of playing in college along with the wisdom of growing older, Jordan was not so sure his NFL dream would become a reality.

Even before he took the oath of office Wednesday for his new appointed position in the state legislature as representative of the 89th House District, Steve Arndt had already made up his mind he’ll be spending more time in the district than in Columbus.

Arndt, who’d served as an Ottawa County commissioner for 27 years, believes his time is best spent listening to the concerns of constituents.

His decision to submit his name to the screening panel came after several local residents and office holders expressed support for him to do so. The seat was vacated in August by Steve Kraus after he was convicted of theft.

“There was just so much encouragement from other elected officials and from the residents. The timing just seemed right,” Arndt said. “I thought if there is something I can do to give back to them I wanted to do it. That’s one thing I always enjoyed in my job is the constituency work, talking with the individuals about what’s on their minds.”

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