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Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

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Sixty-three-year old Brenda Snyder was the chief chemist for Toledo’s water treatment plant for 15 years.

Her tenure includes being chief chemist during the water crisis last August 2-4 when the City of Toledo was faced with unsafe levels of toxic microcystin in its water and a “do not drink” advisory was sent to 500,000 residents, making national news.

Snyder believes the only reason levels were so high was because wind and other conditions forced the algae to be highly concentrated near Toledo’s intake valve, which is in the lake in 24 feet of water three miles from the treatment plant.

She calls it a “minor blip that had major consequences.” When a half million people could not drink water, it helped wake the world about Lake Erie’s algae issues.

“When you say do not drink the water, it affects a lot of things,” Snyder said.

As the financial picture of the Woodmore school district becomes clearer, the school board is continuing to remove personnel positions and programs from the chopping block.

Board members Tuesday unanimously approved retaining field trips, supplemental positions such as coaches and advisors, busing, the gifted and talented program teacher, a custodial position and an elementary physical education teacher for the 2015-16 school year.

The positions and other items were part of an extensive list of proposed cuts the board and administration compiled earlier this year as the district was coming to grips with an overstatement of revenues from tangible personal property taxes in its five-year forecast.

Patrons of the Harris-Elmore Public Library and its branch in Genoa are being asked to voice their opinion on what services they’d like to see offered.

The library is conducting a community survey to evaluate its services and facilities and is planning to form focus groups at both facilities,

“We want to make sure we’re doing things our users want from us,” Amy Laity, director of the library, said. “With more electronic resources available we want to make sure we’re keeping up with demand for that.”

The survey, which is available at both sites and online at the library website and was an insert in the June 1 edition of The Press, will be conducted until the end of June.

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.

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