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Henry County native Rachel Hefflinger, an Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science research technician, loves trees.
She loves trees so much that she is on a mission to do her part trying to bring back ash trees to the Northwest Ohio landscape. Ash trees have almost completely disappeared from the region’s landscape, thanks to the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle from China.
Hefflinger made the final presentation of this year’s March Sunday Lecture Series, which is hosted annually by Friends of Pearson at Macomber Lodge.
She titled it “Emerald Ash Borer and How the Forest Has Responded” and what she had to say captivated guests because it brings hope that ash trees still have a chance to win their battle with the invasive beetle.
Hefflinger was in the fourth grade when the beetle arrived, but guests commented that she spoke from the heart while talking about ongoing research to save the ash.
Oregon this year will be installing another railroad crossing notification system, and Northwood is eying a proposal for its first train warning lights.
Oregon will install the flashing blue lights at an Otter Creek Road intersection that will inform motorists of when lights and gates are activated at the existing at-grade railroad crossing on Otter Creek Road, just south of York Street.
Council at a recent meeting approved an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company for the installation and maintenance of the Otter Creek advanced railroad crossing notification system.
Last August, Norfolk Southern Railway Company provided preliminary engineering services for the required interconnection with the existing railroad grade crossing warning device circuitry for $10,000.
Oregon council recently approved a $20,406 payment to Norfolk Southern Railway Company to construct the system.
Plans call for blue warning lights to be installed on Otter Creek Road and Corduroy Road that will notify motorists that lights and gates are activated at the existing train tracks on Otter Creek Road. The system will provide Corduroy Road traffic the opportunity to select an alternate route before reaching the frequently blocked railroad crossing.
Oregon has applied for a Water Pollution Control Loan through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to help fund the construction of Phase 3 of the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project.
The $3.1 million project will also be funded by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant and the city sewer improvement fund.
The project is a continuation of the required sanitary sewer rehabilitation for the city’s wastewater treatment plant’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
Phases 1 and 2 of the sanitary sewer rehabilitation project have already been completed.
Construction on Phase 3 is expected to start in July.
Phase 3 includes the rehabilitation of mainline and lateral sanitary sewers in the Euclid Park, Old Eastmoreland, and Valley Park areas by trenchless cured in place pipe methods (sewer lining), according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. Manhole rehabilitation includes the lining of an estimated 56 manholes.
A recent spill of diesel fuel in Lake Township from a pipeline has been contained, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Dina Pierce, a spokesperson for the OEPA, said the leak started at a faulty valve on the pipeline along Luckey Road.
The leak was reported March 16 to the agency and the line, owned by Buckeye Pipeline, was repaired and the contaminated soil was removed.
About 20 gallons of fuel were spilled, Pierce said.
“Ohio EPA is satisfied that the cleanup was done properly and the leak has been repaired,” she said. “The ground water sampling by the company indicates no contamination reached the ground water.”
The company conducted sampling of some residential drinking water wells near the leak area and all came back with “non-detect” readings for petroleum contaminants.
The financial condition of Genoa Area Local Schools can pretty much be calculated in two or three lines of the district’s five-year forecast, says Bill Nye, who, in his role as district treasurer has been advising a committee of volunteers promoting two levies on the May 5 ballot.
With the district receiving about half of its funding from the state and about a third from local real estate taxes, any major swings in those two sources will have a profound impact on the district’s bottom line.
“Eight-five percent of our revenues are in those two lines,” Nye says, pointing to a line of real estate taxes collected and another showing funding from the state. “The real estate line has been stagnant and the state funding has been decreasing. The bottom line is this isn’t the result of poor planning or action by the current school board or previous boards. It has a lot to do with how the state is funding public education. That’s it in a nutshell, how they’ve decided to go about it.”
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