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Two area auto dealerships are undergoing extensive improvements to their facilities.

At Mathews Ford in Oregon, management has been planning a groundbreaking for a new body shop which will enable the dealership to service the latest innovations in the automaker’s product line, including the new F-150 pickup truck – a best seller for Ford.

The 2015 model features an aluminum body that reduces the vehicle’s weight by about 700 pounds.

“When we were talking about how to proceed with a new body shop, instead of just renovating and trying to adjust our old shop, we decided to build a new state-of-the-art body shop that’s going to be able to adapt to paint and repair this all new F-150. There are going to be other aluminum vehicles coming on line as well,” said Brian Shephard, sales manager.

The F-150 was chosen for the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month.

Ford offered dealerships with body shops discounts on the estimated $30,000 to $50,000 in special equipment and training for the new F-150, Paul Massie, Ford collision marketing manager, told AutoWeek last year.

The Ohio Environmental Council is praising state legislators for re-introducing a bill that attempts to stem the flow of phosphorus and other nutrients that feed the toxic algal blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie.

However, Jack Shaner, the council’s deputy director, said the bill needs to include several features to be effective, including:

• A ban on the application of fertilizer and livestock manure to frozen and snow-covered ground in the western basin.

• A ban on open lake disposal of sediments dredged from ports and harbors in the lake or its tributaries as well as regular monitoring and reporting of phosphorus levels by large, public water treatment systems.

Shaner said with those requirements, the bill is “just the sort of medicine that Lake Erie and our inland lakes need for the toxic algae menace…”

He said a 2012 report by the Ohio Department of Agriculture includes recommendations to not spread fertilizer on frozen or snow-covered fields.

Residents of the Genoa School District plan to conduct more of a grass roots campaign to promote a levy request that will be on the May ballot.

Members of a committee formed recently to push for the passage of an emergency levy on the May 5 ballot say the additional revenues are needed to maintain quality curriculum programs.

If passed, the levy will generate $1.025 million annually in operating revenues and be in effect for five years.

Voters rejected levies twice last year.

The committee has scheduled another meeting for Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria, according to Bill Nye, district treasurer.

Nye outlined the district’s financial situation during the committee’s first meeting on Jan. 22, informing members the district has realized a drop in revenues from various sources over the past several years.

Personal tangible property taxes – levied on businesses inventories and equipment – yielded about $615,000 a year for the district before changes in state law took effect and the economy took a downturn, Nye said.

The first of four forums was held by an 18-member task force this month in Cleveland to get input from the public on how to improve relations between police and local communities, Oregon Police Chief Mike Navarre said on Monday.

One of the forums is scheduled to be held this month at the University of Toledo.

Gov. John Kasich in December appointed Navarre to the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police relations, which was formed in December in the wake of high profile police shooting incidents in Ohio. Among the fatalities was a 12-year-old boy who was playing with a BB gun in a Cleveland city park, and a man who picked up an air rifle in a Walmart store in Beavercreek.

Ag department has violated CAFO permit law, suit says 

Some farm math: Researchers at The Ohio State University calculate a 1,400 pound dairy cow “produces” about 25 tons of manure annually.

Multiply that by, say, 1,000 or more cattle housed in a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) facility, and you have a lot of manure. And the phosphorus in the manure leaching from farm fields to tributaries of Lake Erie was one of the major concerns expressed by the public to the International Joint Commission as it prepared the Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority report released in 2014.

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