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Lake chief responds to criticism PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:12
MILLBURY - Lake Township Fire Chief Bruce Moritz got his chance Tuesday to respond to criticisms leveled against him last month.
"If you can't put your name to it, it's a rumor," Moritz said, addressing an anonymous email read at the March 18 trustees meeting.
The email, reportedly submitted by a group of township firefighters, was read by township resident Randy Saint John at that meeting. Moritz was attending a state firefighters' meeting in Columbus at the time and was unable to be present.
The email accused Moritz of yelling at, micro-managing and being disrespectful to firefighters, among other issues. Saint John had said the firefighters feared retaliation if they went to the township trustees with their concerns.
Tuesday night, Moritz said he was simply "very passionate" during an episode in question involving firefighters. "I was getting my point across to my people."
He noted those statements were meant to stay amongst the firefighters but someone "took it outside the room."
"And then someone else, and I think it's a very loud minority, seems to like to stir the pot in this community. And they came here to put this department down, and put me down."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:00
Pemberville housing plans OK'd PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:06
PEMBERVILLE - Plans for a residential subdivision in the village moved forward Tuesday night with Pemberville Council's unanimous agreement to rezone nearly 20 acres of land.
Property owner Tom Oberhouse said development is at least a year or two away because he was waiting for the rezoning before spending money on design and engineering work. "As far as I know Dave Bruning will be farming beans on that land this year," he said.
During a public hearing before the council meeting, several residents expressed concerns about the lack of plans for the development. Residents of Sycamore and Sherman streets, which are short, narrow stub streets into the area to be developed, are concerned about how those streets might be widened, thus affecting their properties, access to garages and traffic close to their homes. A need for additional or alternate ways to enter and leave the subdivision was a frequent request.
Oberhouse said he has looked at previous plans for the property, including one approved in 1972 that showed two access points. That project was later canceled. He said additional means of access were being investigated. "Hopefully we can work something out that will not upset too many people." He said a review of subdivision plans from Haskins, Perrysburg and Bowling Green indicate that two access points for a parcel this size is typical.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:53
River cleanup moves ahead PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:08
Plans are taking shape to clear logjams from 50 miles of two branches of the Portage River.
Wood County Engineer Ray Huber and Jim Carter of Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District provided an update to the plan Tuesday, which has been in the works since a 2007 citizen petition to address flooding caused by the river.
The drawings and specifications reviewed in a joint session between commissioners of Hancock and Wood counties are about 90 percent complete, Huber said. They must still be finalized and sent for approval by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Transportation.
Part of the project also lies in Fostoria and a portion of Seneca County.
The drawings and plans gave a physical presence to what appeared in February to be a slow-moving process met with delays. Some of the petitioners and affected landowners present Tuesday expressed support for the progress shown, and commissioners noted it's important to keep pushing forward.
Officials hope to have a public hearing and approval in place by early 2015.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:55
Flood solutions sought PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:53
Pemberville business owner Denny Henline makes a case for a flood mound for businesses in Pemberville. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE - Residents were assured Tuesday night that the village would follow its special purpose flood damage reduction ordinance on any projects proposed in the Portage River flood plain.
Mayor Gordon Bowman, speaking as flood plain manager during the village council meeting, said the ordinance allows development "but there are many conditions to meet. There can be a multi-purpose mound, a levee or even a snow fence. Scientific engineering studies would be required. The number one issue is that there can be no adverse impact. Those (study) costs are quite high and I do not believe the village has that kind of money."
The 25-page ordinance was adopted by council July 19, 2011 and designates the mayor as flood plain manager.
Earlier Tuesday the village's Flood Committee, spent 90 minutes discussing a multi-purpose mound proposed by businessman Denny Henline.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:52
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