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Oregon City Council on Monday approved unanimously a resolution supporting House Bill 579, which will provide local governments with funding for critical road maintenance and repairs.

State Representative Mike Sheehy, a former Oregon councilman whose House District includes Oregon, asked council for its support of the pending legislation that would provide state funds for road maintenance and repairs.

“As you all are aware, the Local Government Fund has been cut back substantially year after year,” Sheehy, a co-signer of HB 579, said to council.

Northwood is the most recent city in The Press area that plans to show a free outdoor movie as part of an effort to offer non-sports activities to residents.

On August 20, the city will show the animated comedy “Norm of the North,” at approximately 8:45 p.m. in Central Park, located next to the municipal complex and fire station off Wales and Oram roads.

“Central Park is a great place to show a movie,” said City Administrator Bob Anderson. “There’s a tennis court in the middle where we can stage it.”

A new grant program, funded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, is available for a limited time to Lucas County residents who need to replace a failed home sewage treatment system, which can spread bacteria and nutrients into rivers and lakes.

On Jan. 1, 2015, the state passed a law with new sewage treatment regulations, Jerry Bingham, supervisor of environmental health at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, said to Oregon Council earlier this month. “Within those laws, we had to develop an operation and maintenance program. An operation and maintenance program basically helps people maintain their septic systems so they can last for many years.”

Residents living near an expansion of a natural gas substation at Lallendorf and Brown roads continue to express concerns about construction at the site, including the possibility of being exposed to dangerous levels of pollution.

Bob Dunlap, of Brown Road, said at an Oregon council meeting on July 11 that a neighbor had to leave his house over the July 4 weekend because of strong odors coming from the Columbia Gas of Ohio substation.

He also said that workers at the site told him that when they dug underneath the existing building, “they were pulling up some really nasty stuff that was polluted – had chemicals in them,” said Dunlap.

At the invitation of Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer, several new dispatchers from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department were in the township last Thursday for an informal session to orient themselves with the area.

The township board of trustees has also instructed Chief Hummer to invite a representative of the sheriff’s department to the next board meeting to discuss on-going problems with the 9-1-1 system since the township last year began contracting with the sheriff’s office for the emergency service.

Problems with the service – technical and otherwise – have been felt by the township’s fire department as well, according to Fire Chief Bruce Moritz, who met July 11 with the sheriff’s command staff in Bowling Green.

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