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Fifty-four-year-old lifelong East Toledo resident Jerry Klug remembers his parents taking him to Pearson Metropark as a child.

What his parents may have not realized is they started a lifelong passion. An adult Detroit Tigers baseball fan could probably relate it to the first time his father took him to Tiger Stadium.

What does Klug do at Pearson? He counts birds, among other things.

“I’ve been into this stuff ever since I was a little kid and I’ve been coming out here keeping track of what I’ve seen,” Klug said. “My parents took me out here in the early 60s, but by the mid-60s or so I started to become aware enough to keep track of what I was seeing, but I have just had a lifelong interest in this stuff. I also got into nature because I worked on my great aunt’s p-fowl farm (poultry farm) for years when I was a kid.”

Klug is a charter member of Friends of Pearson, which was founded in 1990, and has been a Toledo Area Metroparks volunteer 28 years.

“He is a remarkable volunteer with an uncanny ability to recall birds and even the dates that he documented them,” said Metroparks public relations director Scott Carpenter.

At least once every two weeks Klug is at Pearson counting bird species. His research was included in a presentation by retired Metroparks naturalist Karen Mitchell at Pearson’s Macomber Lodge during the Friends of Pearson-hosted March Sunday Series.


Oregon Council on Monday approved a $291,175 contract with Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, to provide engineering services for the installation of a trunk waterline on Brown Road and the replacement of a waterline on Navarre Avenue.

Approximately two miles of a 16” trunk waterline will be installed on Brown Road. It will follow a north-south alignment from Navarre Avenue to Brown Road midway between Coy and Lallendorf Roads. At Brown Road, the trunk waterline will head west towards I-280 to connect to an existing 16” trunk waterline that ends on the south side of Brown Road just east of I-280.

Approximately 1.8 miles of existing eight-inch waterline will be replaced along Navarre Avenue from Isaac Streets Drive to Lallendorf Road.

Councilman Jerry Peach said there was a question of whether there should be two water lines along Navarre Avenue.

Public Service Director Paul Roman said cost is a factor.

“There’s no doubt in my mind it would be nice,” he said. “You would need easements as a part of adding a second parallel line. You may need it just for a single line to get it out of the road. No matter what, we want to get the waterline out of the road pavement. And two lines we think would be more beneficial for fire protection. I think the deciding factor will come down to costs. A single line would likely be a lesser cost.”

Ottawa County officials wrapped up the first quarter of 2015 by approving a number of pay raises for union and non-union employees.

Most recently, the board of county commissioners approved a contract for road deputies, the third and final division of the deputies to be addressed for the sheriff’s office. The biggest issue was salary, according to Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

Road deputies will receive a 3 percent raise this year followed by two years of raises amounting to 2.75 percent annually.

The contracts for the communications division and the corrections department were approved earlier in the year. They also receive 3 percent raises with 2.5 percent increases in the ensuing years.

However, all the contracts contain a “Me, Too” clause, the sheriff noted. That is, if any other county workers, whether union or non-union, receives a 3 percent raise in the second and third year of the deputies’ contracts, the law enforcement officers will also receive 3 percent raises, Levorchick explained.

Contracts passed deputy approval easily.

“The lady representing the Fraternal Of Police said the negotiations went smoother than they have in years,” Levorchick said. “They were only in session for a couple of hours each.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved a $1.4 million contract with ARCADIS U.S., Inc., for engineering services to design improvements to the water treatment plant.

ARCADIS will provide professional engineering services for preliminary design and detailed design for a high service pump replacement and raw water improvements for the plant.

Soon after Toledo issued a tap water ban to its water customers last August after high levels of microcystin, a toxin created by blue green algae, was detected in samples from its water treatment plant in East Toledo, Oregon approved a $295,000 contract with ARCADIS to provide preliminary testing and design services for ozone water treatment at its own water treatment plant to improve disinfection and treatment of algae and other organics, as well as lower disinfection byproducts from chlorination.

Based on preliminary design results, the water treatment options of applying ozone to settled water and modifying the existing filters for Biological Active Filtration (BAF) were determined to be very effective in destroying microcystin toxins, reducing disinfection byproducts, and improving water taste and odor, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

“The report is complete, and there’s no doubt in our mind that ozone is the most effective method for destroying microcystin,” Roman said at the meeting. “Clearly, it will reduce disinfection byproducts, and improve water and taste.”

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