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Oregon City Council on Monday approved expanding the sanitary backup reduction grant program to further prevent sanitary sewer backup into basements, as well as to reduce storm water inflo/infiltration (I&I) into the sanitary sewer system.

Changes in the grant program include increasing grant funding to disconnect basement floor drains and/or home footer tiles from the sanitary sewer system through the installation of a sump pump.

The program assists private owners by reducing the risk of sanitary sewer backups for properties in Oregon that have plumbing fixtures or sanitary drain openings within their dwelling that are connected to the public sanitary collection system and are lower in elevation than the rim of the next upstream manhole connected to the portion of the collection system serving the dwelling, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

Ottawa County officials and two recovering former addicts are among those who will speak at a community substance awareness forum Sept. 18 at Genoa High School.

The forum “Save a Life” is being sponsored by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick will discuss how various law enforcement agencies cooperate in combating the heroin epidemic as well as their efforts to educate children and parents about the dangers of opiate use.

Oregon is expected to make recommendations next year to improve fire protection based on an analysis by the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association of the city’s fire-rescue department.

“This is something we asked for because we wanted to know what are the best ways to make sure that Oregon is providing the best possible fire protection,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley. “We’ve had the same general approach to fire protection for many decades, and we want to make sure as the community changes, we’re ready to make changes.”

The city asked the Association to look at several aspects of the department, including whether the city has an adequate number of fire stations in the right locations, the proper equipment, whether resources are being deployed efficiently, and whether response times should be improved.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold an information session and public hearing Sept. 28 as part of the application for a water quality certification for a pipeline project that will cross through 14 Ohio counties, including Wood, Lucas and Sandusky.

Kinder Morgan has filed the application for the Utopia East Pipeline project.

The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Ross High School, 1100 N. Street, Fremont. The EPA will present details about the application and accept comments from the public.

Planners of a major clean-up of the Toussaint Creek anticipate seeking contract bids next month.

A 34-mile stretch of the creek – through Wood, Sandusky and Ottawa counties – will be cleared of logjams and leaning trees in a project that began with a petition submitted in 2014 to Wood County officials.

According to Mike Libben, program administrator for the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, the estimated cost is $850,000 to $900,000.



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