News Briefs Week of 8/9/2021

News Briefs 8/9/2021

Troy Twp. zoning
on plan commission
meeting agenda
Three zoning matters in Troy Township are among the agenda items of the Wood County Planning Commission Aug. 10 meeting.
Nicholas Gabel has submitted an application to rezone a 6-acre parcel in Road Tract 55 from the A-1 agricultural classification to the C-1 neighborhood commercial classification. He is requesting the rezoning to use the parcel and an existing structure as an engine repair facility for diesel pickup trucks.
JDS Lands has submitted an application to rezone a 5-acre parcel in the township from A-1 agricultural to a C-2 commercial classification. The parcel is located next to a trucking terminal and JDS Lands want to expand its operations onto the parcel, which will require the zoning match the proposed end use.
The Troy Township Zoning Commission has also submitted a series of amendments to the township zoning resolution for review by the county planning commission. The amendments deal primarily with wind turbines.
Middleton Township trustees have submitted an amendment to the township zoning resolution for consideration by the plan commission. The amendment covers the placement of accessory buildings on lots.
The plan commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Wood County Office Building in Bowling Green.

GEM ranks high
in solar work
GEM Energy, a Rudolph Libbe Group company, is ranked 24th among Solar Power World magazine’s Top Solar Developers of 2021, the highest-ranking Ohio-based firm on the list.
GEM Energy also is 63rd among the magazine’s top solar commercial contractors and 142nd among the top 500 solar contractors.

Board meeting
The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities monthly meeting will be Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. at the board office, 235 N. Toussaint South Rd. Oak Harbor.
Meetings are open to the public.
For information about committee meetings call 419 898-0400.

Woodville EPA meeting
Ohio EPA will host a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 16 regarding an application to renew a wastewater discharge permit for the Area Aggregates/Olen Corp. Woodville Quarry.
The meeting will be held at Woodmore High School, 633 Fremont St., Elmore. An information session begins at 6 p.m. with a hearing immediately following, during which the public can submit comments on the record about the application for the discharge permit. Attendees are expected to follow the rules of the building which may have mask/distancing requirements.
As part of the permit renewal, the company is requesting an increase in the discharge flow rate up to 1.5 million gallons per day from the quarry, which is located at 659 County Road 32, Woodville. Specifically, the increase would apply to an outfall that discharges quarry dewatering water. The discharge consists of storm water and ground water collected in the south sedimentation pond. The pond discharges to Nuhfer Ditch, then to Sugar Creek.
If the renewal is approved, the discharge may result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality conditions of the Sugar Creek. However, discharges cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Two other outfalls from the quarry discharge to an unnamed tributary of the Portage River. No increase is being requested from these outfalls.
Participants who want handouts for the meeting should email so electronic copies may be emailed on the day of the public meeting.
Ohio EPA is accepting public comments about the application until 5 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2021. Written comments can be submitted during the hearing or emailed to Please include the permit name in the subject line of emails.

Health department
sees jump in local
COVID cases
The Ottawa County Health Department is continuing to monitor the new cases and trends of COVID-19.
During the month of June, Ottawa County was averaging less than a case per day. The trend continued into the first half of July, as the county averaged less than a case per week.
In the last 14 days, the county has averaged almost three new cases per day. While that may not seem like a significant increase, the department said it is monitoring the situation very closely heading into the coming weeks.
The CDC tracker at provides data at the county level in the United States.
The health department continues to urge anyone who can do so to get vaccinated. Adding a mask indoors will help to further protect those in the community who can’t yet get the vaccine, including children under 12 and people with health conditions.

King Midget Cars
to be on display
in Pemberville
Downtown Pemberville is set to host the King Midget Cars Aug. 12 from approximately 10-11:30 a.m. The cars will arrive via Route 105 from the west and will be parked behind the business district along the banks of the Portage River.
Guests are invited to view the collection of 40-50 cars while their owners visit the village’s historical sites. For more information about the visit, call 419-287-3274.
The King Midget was a micro car produced between 1946 and 1970 by the Midget Motors Corporation. Although the company started out by offering a kit to build the car, they soon added completely assembled cars and later only offered completed cars.
Company founders Claud Dry and Dale Orcutt first sold the King Midget as part of their Midget Motors Supply operations in Athens, Ohio. By 1948, they began to use the name Midget Motors Manufacturing Co., too.
Around 1956, Dry and Orcutt changed the name of their company to Midget Motors Corp.


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