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The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper

The Ohio EPA has begun a water quality study of select Maumee River basin tributaries in several counties, including Wood County.

The Maumee River basin, one of the largest watersheds in Ohio, has dozens of smaller streams draining thousands of square miles of land in northwest Ohio.

The Ohio EPA is collecting water samples, fish and macroinvertebrate species through October. The physical, biological and chemical data will help determine water quality in the streams and identify any problem areas. Ohio EPA will share its results in a report with communities in the watershed. The study will help develop options for improving water quality in the impaired areas.

Dina Pierce, media coordinator with the Ohio EPA, told The Press last week that the study is part of routine sampling the agency conducts in select watersheds around the state each year.

East Toledo residents told police they could hear shots fired near East Broadway and Starr and at the Charles F. Weiler Homes on Fassett Street — two areas considered hot spots for crime.

It’s what police want to hear, believe it or not.

Not the fact that residents heard shots fired, but Toledo police want residents to be the eyes and ears of the community in a new community policing strategy. To do so, police need as much information as possible about what is going on.

“You report to us what is going on in the neighborhood and we’ll use our resources to be able to handle it,” said Sgt. Patricia Gomez.

Residents are responding. It is happening at a rate so alarming that Captain Tom Weigand estimates 250,000 911 calls are going to the Toledo call center every year.

Oregon City Council last week approved a contract with Performance Pipeline for Phase 3 of the Sanitary Sewer project.

Performance Pipeline, of Ottawa, Illinois, had the lowest and best bid of $1.9 million. Three of four contractors who bid on the project were located outside of Ohio, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

Phase 3 includes the rehabilitation of mainline and lateral sanitary sewers in the Euclid Park, Old Eastmoreland, and Valley Park areas.

The contractor received a good reference from the Northwestern Water & Sewer District for sewer lining work they had done in Walbridge, according to Roman.

The company plans on using Inland Waters as a subcontractor for the main sewer line, the same contractor the city used for Phase 2.

The Woodmore school board followed the correct statutory format when it met in a special meeting May 31 and appointed Dan Hoppe to a seat left vacant by the resignation of Grant Cummings, according to a letter from the board’s attorney to the Sandusky County prosecutor’s office.

Timothy McCarthy, an attorney with a Toledo law firm retained by the board, in a June 5 email to Thomas Stierwalt, county prosecutor, states the prosecutor’s interpretation of state statutes covering board appointments is flawed.

“A board of education has a window of opportunity that opens 10 days after a vacancy occurs and closes 30 days after a vacancy occurs in which it may select a successor to fill a vacancy,” the email says. “That successor can be selected in the “next regular” meeting of the board of education or in a “special” meeting of the board. If the board of education is unable to agree, by a majority vote, upon a successor during that time, the decision defaults to the probate court.”

The Lucas County Commissioners last week unanimously voted to request the governors of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan and the premier of Ontario to commit to a 40 percent cut in dissolved reactive phosphorus in Western Lake Erie.

The vote was in advance of the Leadership Summit of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers hosted by the Council of Great Lakes Governors that was scheduled for June 12-14 in Quebec City, Quebec. The theme of the summit was “Connecting Across Borders.” The summit was by invitation only. Among those planning to attend was Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Reducing dissolved reactive phosphorus in Western Lake Erie would lower the risk of the development of harmful algal blooms, which caused a three day water ban in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan last summer.

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