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Dispatch proposal goes to Rossford PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 30 November 2013 09:06
ROSSFORD - City council heard a presentation from Lake Police Chief Mark Hummer Monday on a proposal to form a regional dispatching authority.
Rossford now contracts with Lake Township to provide dispatching for its public safety services.
The proposal would merge all the municipalities now using Lake Township, also including Walbridge and Millbury, along with Northwood, which does its own dispatching, in a council of governments overseeing a single dispatching site.
In his presentation, Hummer noted that pending state legislation would cut funding for dispatching if a county exceeds an assigned number of "public service answering points."
Legend lingers of Edmund Fitzgerald PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 29 November 2013 10:28
PERRYSBURG - It's remembered in song and spirit around Northwest Ohio, but intrigue still surrounds the unsolved mystery of the Great Lakes.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald lives on at the bottom of Lake Superior, tantalizing those at the Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon last week. On the heels of several campaign forums that preceded the election earlier this month, the event was a welcome change from political subjects.
Carrie Sowden, archaeological director of the Great Lakes Historical Society, reviewed the ship's story and evaluated some of the common theories of how it came to sink Nov. 10, 1975. Speaking at the Carranor Hunt and Polo Club, she shared her brash opinion on the U.S. Coast Guard's explanation of how the "Fitz" went down during a strong storm on open water.
The agency maintains that while heading from Minnesota to Detroit in the face of high winds and 35-foot waves, bad hatches allowed water inside that eventually flooded the cargo hold.
"The National Transportation Safety Board, the Lake Carriers' Association, and basically every other person I know, that I talk to, thinks that it's hogwash," Sowden said of the official explanation of the wreck.
Launched in 1958, the Edmund Fitzgerald was the largest ship of its day, built at 711 feet to take advantage of the size of the Great Lakes locks it would use. Named for the president of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, the first U.S. company to insure a Great Lakes freighter, it could only dock in certain ports, hauling iron ore and other "premium loads" across the region, Sowden said.
Nuclear fuel forum will be in Perrysburg (updated) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 30 November 2013 09:01
PERRYSBURG - Residents are invited to weigh in on how spent nuclear fuel should be stored during a public meeting Monday.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will host an open house at 6 p.m. followed by a public meeting at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons.
The agency is seeking input on a new proposed "waste confidence" rule that would allow spent nuclear fuel to be stored on-site, after a plan to establish a national repository for the waste has not moved forward.
The commission's analysis determined that facilities can safely store their own waste over the licensed life of a reactor until 60 years after it ends. An underground national repository is expected to become available, perhaps in 2048.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 10:52
Northwood responds to mall claims PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 29 November 2013 10:22
NORTHWOOD - City Administrator Bob Anderson responded Wednesday to assertions from a lawyer for owners of the Woodville Mall that the city is blocking the site's demolition.
"We would like to have the owner tear it down," said Anderson.
The Woodville Mall has been closed since February, 2012, following an injunction filed by the city and the Wood County Health District concerning the dilapidated condition of the structure. A court order issued in August ordered that the mall be demolished, setting a final day of May 2, 2014, as well as other milestone deadlines.
Late Tuesday night Adam G. Burke, lawyer for mall owners Ohio Plaza Shopping Center LLC, issued a press release questioning the city's claims about the demolition of the property "and its candor with the public."
Among the assertions were that Anderson had told reporters that owners had missed filing deadlines for demolition plans, and that the plans did not address demolition.
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