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A statewide initiative to encourage the commercial and industrial sectors to provide more data about their recycling efforts is being promoted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in a partnership with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Ohio Manufacturers’ Association.
Dina Pierce, an OEPA spokesperson, said the agency recently established a collaborative website that includes contact information for each solid waste management district in the state and access to a survey the districts conduct annually to determine the amounts and types of materials being recycled by businesses.
That data is reported to the EPA, which crunches the numbers to get a picture of how much material is being diverted from landfills and if the state’s 52 waste management districts are meeting Ohio’s recycling goals.
“The partnership is new,” Pierce said. “We’re working with the chamber and other associations to try to encourage participation in the survey. One thing we’ve identified in recent years is a need for more glass recycling. Our manufacturers in Ohio need the glass. Owens Illinois is one example. They make bottles so they need recycled glass and they’ve been shipping it in from out of state.
Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner said it’s time for the city to update its Comprehensive Plan.
Also referred to as the Master Plan, it was first adopted in June 1992, and updated in 2004, and went into effect in 2005.
“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already,” said Stoner.
Much has happened since then, he noted, including a severe economic recession and the closing and razing of the Woodville Mall
“We want to look at future land use. The public’s idea changes as to what land they would like to be developed, and where buildings should go and not go,” said Stoner.
The purpose of a Comprehensive Plan is to:
• Propose a means to preserve existing positive elements of the community;
• Provide a basis for decisions on utility extensions and expansions;
Mercy and three physician partners last week announced plans to build a new medical center on Navarre Avenue in Oregon.
Dr. Imran Andrabi, MD, chief operating officer and president/chief network integration officer, Mercy, was joined by physicians of the Mercy Oregon Clinic, Toledo Clinic, and Toledo Cardiology Consultants to announce the construction of the Mercy Medical Center last Tuesday.
The $9.7 million project will consolidate, under one roof, services such as imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation services, as well as provide office and clinical space for Mercy, Toledo Clinic and TCC physicians. The building brings to life the vision of enhanced access to quality care offered outside of a hospital setting. It is expected to create at least 20 new clinical and non-clinical jobs.
“Mercy started working with the Oregon Clinic in 2010 to discuss how we can integrate,” Kewal Mahajan, MD, Mercy Oregon Clinic, said in a prepared statement. “The outcome is this project, an outpatient, comprehensive care center with high-quality access to primary and specialty care, state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities, and tender-loving rehabilitative services at one site. Both organizations are indebted to the community and wanted to give something back that we can be proud of. As a result, the vision was finalized.”
A case decided last week by the Ohio Supreme Court included arguments from a court battle in the 1980s between the City of Oregon and the operators of a local landfill.
In the recent case, the City of Munroe Falls found itself in a position similar to Oregon when Oregon officials were trying to enact a city ordinance that assessed a fee on waste disposed at the landfill operated then by Fondessy Enterprises.
Fondessy filed suit in Lucas County Common Pleas Court, claiming the ordinance violated state law. The court ruled in favor of Fondessy, as did the Sixth District Court of Appeals. Oregon appealed to the state supreme court and in May 1986 the court ruled in favor of the city.
In Munroe Falls, city officials have been at odds with Beck Energy, which obtained a state permit in 2011 to drill for oil and gas on property whose owner had leased the mineral rights to the company. The permit issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources included several provisions but Munroe Falls filed a lawsuit in Summit County Common Pleas Court to stop the drilling, claiming Beck Energy was violating local zoning laws.
Elmore Mayor Matt Damschroder said several business owners on Rice Street have told him they’ve been negatively impacted by the loss of the Huntington Bank branch in town.
“They tell me, ‘Get us another bank,’” the mayor said. “That’s what I’m hearing from them. Business is falling off. People would come to the dowtown area to do their banking but are no longer doing that. So they’re not stopping at the coffee shop, or the Village Inn, or an antique store. Not having a bank downtown is really hurting us badly. The businesses can’t run across the street and get change or make deposits any more.”
Huntington National Bank closed the branch, located at 365 Rice Street, at the end of last year as part of a consolidation and is listing it for sale with Signature Associates. According to the company’s website, the asking price is $199,000 for the 2,860-square-foot building and .70-acre parcel.
Teresa Gross, a manager of the Pills ‘n’ Packages, 350 Rice St., said the loss of the bank branch has forced the store/pharmacy to change its policy and no longer accept $100 or $50 bills unless it covers the customer’s bill. The store has also adopted a policy of no cash back on checks and debit cards.
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