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The level of microcystin detected in the intake crib in Lake Erie on Monday increased by Wednesday.

Samples and tests taken from the intake crib by Toledo showed 1.0 parts per billion (ppb) of microcystin in raw lake water, though no detection in tap water.

“Accelerated treatment is not needed at this time,” according to a report on the city’s Facebook page. “The City of Toledo will continue its protocol of sampling every day and testing once a week. We will continue to closely monitor water conditions in the intake crib in Lake Erie.”

Two days earlier, Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks Hudson called a press conference to announce that the city’s water quality status had been changed from “clear” to “watch” after 0.5 ppb of microcystin was detected in the intake crib.

A 2-mill permanent improvement levy request on the Aug. 4 ballot in the Gibsonburg Exempted Village School District, will, if passed, be used for building improvements, a new bus, computer upgrades and other non-operating expenses.

The continuing levy would generate about $201,687 annually and cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 about $70 per year, said Tim Murray, district superintendent.

The school board has decided to not seek renewal of a current 1-mill permanent improvement levy if voters approve the levy on Tuesday’s ballot, he said.

Gibsonburg voters approved a 2-mill permanent improvement levy in 1980 but it was reduced to 1 mill when the district partnered with the Ohio School Facilities Commission and built new schools.

That mill is now generating a little more than $47,000 annually to maintain facilities, Murray said.

A request for a Special Use Exemption (SUE) permit to raise chickens in a residential area on S. Wynn Road has been withdrawn.

David Pullella, who made the request, asked council in a letter that he be allowed to withdraw his application for an SUE, according to Council President Dennis Walendzak.

A public hearing on the matter was scheduled at a council meeting last Monday.

Council approved a motion to allow Pullella to withdraw his application with the understanding that he could reapply in the future without additional application fees.

The Oregon Planning Commission on June 16 voted 3-2 to recommend to council that the SUE be denied. There was opposition to the SUE request from some of Pullella’s neighbors. The property at 935 S. Wynn Road is in a low density residential district.

The city’s Project Review Committee had no objections to the request, but recommended that a plan be submitted and approved for waste removal and housing.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved an ordinance to update the responsibilities and pay range of the position of Environmental Specialist.

The city is increasing the responsibilities of the Environmental Specialist position to assist in the increasing demand for services and permit requirements for the Wastewater Treatment Plant in accordance with the city’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

In order to meet the requirements of the city’s NPDES permit for the wastewater treatment plant, especially in regard to the Industrial Pretreatment Program, Public Service Director Paul Roman made the request to add several responsibilities to the Environmental Specialist position. The added responsibilities are intended to assist the superintendent and chief chemist of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. A portion of the responsibilities will be dedicated to further develop a Mercury Reduction Program, which is a new requirement of the 2012 NPDES permit renewal, according to Roman. The program must be fully developed by 2017, he said.

The Rossford Community Recreation Center is co-hosting the Warrior Run 5K Run and Walk with Rossford Bass Pro Shops. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. on August 23 and will start and finish at Bass Pro Shops while running throughout the Crossroads Area.

"This event gives us an opportunity to help a great cause while partnering with a business that has been great for the Rossford Community, and drawing people from all over the region together for something that should be a very fun event for all in attendance," said Rossford Parks and Recreation Director Ivan Kovacevic.

Bass Pro Shops Special Events Coordinator Samantha Durivage added, “Once Ivan was approached by Leon (a Wounded Warrior), we were inspired to get involved. There are ways for all to get involved and help support the cause. We know that not everyone is a runner so volunteers, supporters, and sponsors are encouraged to get involved.”

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