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Envirosafe meeting

        The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) will hold a public information meeting and hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. in Oregon City Council Chambers, 5330 Seaman Rd., to accept comments about a proposed expansion of the Envirosafe Services of Ohio Inc. (ESOI) landfill, 876 Otter Creek Road.

        ESOI accepts hazardous waste from off-site sources for storage, treatment or disposal in Cell M, the only active hazardous waste cell at the facility. The company has applied for a permit modification to vertically expand Cell M by 14 feet. The company also is requesting a permit modification for the surface water management plan for closed cells G and H. The modification would update calculations to make sure the storm water control system for cells G and H can contain water from a 25-year, 24-hour storm.

New time

        Oregon City Council will hold a committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. in council chambers, 5330 Seaman Rd. The city has now changed its council meetings from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Monthly health screening

        Magruder Hospital, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton, will offer its monthly health screening Thursday, Jan. 10 starting at 9 a.m. in the lab.

        The test, a venipuncture/blood draw, will include a basic metabolic panel (glucose, BUN/creatinine, calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, CO2, etc.) and a lipid profile (total cholesterol/LDL/HDL/triglycerides), as well as a blood pressure check.

        The cost is $16. Appointments may be made by calling 419-734-3131, ext. 3420.

        For more info on events and screenings, visit www.magruderhospital.com.

Foundation invites

grant applications

        The Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) invites non-profit organizations located in or serving Ottawa County to submit applications for grant funding to support the special needs identified by their group. OCCF awards grants in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, safe and positive living environments, natural resources, and the arts.

        More than $47,000 was awarded in 2018. Funding for these grants is made possible from several unrestricted Community Funds held by the Foundation.

        Guidelines for Grant Seekers and the Grant Summary Form can be downloaded from the website, ottawaccf.org. Grant applications must be submitted by mail to Ottawa County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 36, Port Clinton, OH 43452. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2019.

ODOT launches truck

parking info system

        A new system being launched along three major Ohio highways will make it easier for truck drivers to find safe parking.

        The Truck Parking Information Management System provides real-time information about available parking spaces at nine Ohio rest areas on I-70, US 33 and I-75, including one rest area in Wood County.

        Parking information is displayed on digital signs along the highway as well as on OHGO.com and the OHGO app.

        A 2013 study found that 83 percent of drivers routinely took longer than 30 minutes to find parking. By using this system, drivers can monitor parking availability and make better-informed parking decisions as they near the limit of their federally mandated hours of service.

        “Truck drivers are vital to our economy. One of the biggest challenges they face is finding a safe place to park and rest,” said Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray. “This system will help truck drivers plan ahead and allow them to stop wasting precious driving minutes searching for parking.”

        The multi-state system, which should be fully operational next month, was paid for with a $25 million federal transportation grant. It includes Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Ohio received the largest share of the grant, $5.3 million. The state contributed another $787,000, bringing the total investment to $6.1 million.

        This system is expected to generate more than $403 million in benefits through the life of the project. Better parking information also means fewer non-routine maintenance repairs on highway shoulders and ramps due to illegal parking.

        It is estimated that the search for safe, convenient parking annually costs the country $4.4 billion and increases CO2 emissions by 3.3 million tons.

Call center closure

        Starting in January, the Wood County Call Center for Public Assistance, 1-844-640-OHIO (6446) will be closed for system updates on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

        The call center’s normal business hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon and Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Network to celebrate

law enforcement

        Lake Township Police Department is acknowledging the efforts of a national cable and satellite television network in its celebration this week of Law Enforcement Appreciation Week.

        Ion Television Network announced recently it would recognize law enforcement agencies nationwide during the week of Jan. 7. Ion is known for telecasting reruns of numerous law enforcement television shows such as “Law and Order,” “Blue Bloods” and “CSI.”

        “It’s nice to be recognized nationally, especially by a television network,” said Lake Township Police Chief E. Mark Hummer. “There is so much negative television press in relation to law enforcement these days, it is nice to have someone lead this kind of celebration.”

        The chief point out his department enjoys a good relationship with township residents, which is not always reflected in television shows regarding big cities.

        “There are areas of the country where citizens may not hold their local law enforcement agencies in as high a regard, but we’ve worked hard at forming a bond with our residents. We would not be getting the level of cooperation we receive from our residents if we didn’t enjoy this close working relationship,” the chief said.

        While Lake Township is relatively crime-free, especially compared to bigger cities that are within a few miles of the township, its officers have been able to solve crimes and prevent others.

        “We recently caught the female who is charged with robbing a restaurant in the Millbury area, and we think she was about to commit another crime at the time our officers made the arrest. This was good police work that was accomplished with the assistance of the public,” the chief pointed out.

        One of the major changes being seen in the current criminal landscape involves crimes that affect local residents but is perpetrated from afar, which makes catching crooks much more difficult.

        “Many of the scam telephone calls our residents are receiving are coming from out of the country, even though a caller ID may show a local phone number. Catching thieves from other countries is all but impossible. That’s why it’s important to educate the public how to avoid these scams.”

        The police chief pointed out telephone scams are just one way in which there have been many changes in law enforcement in just the past few years.

        “You can’t forget the basics, because they are the building blocks of what you need to do to fight crime, but there are so many types of crimes now that were unheard of a few years ago. We didn’t use to deal with cybercrimes and other fraud we see now, at least to the degree we are dealing with them.”

        The local department has kept up with the times through training and the establishment of a Crime Prevention Division.

        “We now have four Neighborhood Watch groups in the township, which is almost unheard of for a township our size. Our crime prevention officer and community policing officer is performing community outreach duties that are very beneficial to township residents,” the chief noted.

        Chief Hummer said his department will be reaching out to officials at the Ion Network to thank them directly for their support of law enforcement agencies.

Women’s Connection

        All area women are invited to attend the “Let’s Go to The Y” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Bayside, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.

        Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon.

        Angie Kutz, from Oregon, will share about the activities for active adults offered at the Eastern Community Branch of the YMCA.

        Bethany Williams, of Oregon, will provide musical entertainment. Frankie Szamatowicz, of Sunbury, Ohio, will speak on “The Call that Counts.”

        The price is $12.50, all inclusive. For reservations. call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633 by Sunday, Jan. 6.

Latta resolution

signed into law

         Congressman Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, said last week he was confident a bill he authored, the Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act, will help efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.

        HR 422 has been signed into law.

        “The Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act will boost efforts to prevent terror attacks on American soil. We’ve seen a spike in the number of attacks using vehicles in Europe and around the world, and it shouldn’t take multiple attacks in the U.S. before we act,” he said. “We need to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security has the necessary tools to stop terror groups from using this tactic to harm American citizens. I’d like to thank the President for signing this important piece of legislation into law.”

        The legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security to assess current actions at the department to support emergency response providers and the private sector to prevent, mitigate, and respond to the threat of vehicular terrorism.

        The bill then requires DHS to submit a strategy to Congress that includes an examination of the current threat of vehicular terrorism, methods to improve information sharing activities with the private sector, and training activities that the department can undertake.

  

              

 

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