Approved Minutes from Henry Township

Minutes from the meeting on 3/23/2021 that were approved at 4/13/2021 meeting….

HENRY TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES,  REGULAR MEETING
March 23, 2021

The regular meeting of the Henry Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Wymer with the following members responding to roll call:  Present:  Baltz, Brumbaugh, Wymer.  Absent:  None.

It was moved by Baltz seconded by Brumbaugh to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of March 9, 2021  as presented.   Roll call:  Ayes:  Baltz, Brumbaugh, Wymer.  Nays:  None.

Motion carried.

It was moved by Baltz seconded by Brumbaugh that bills be approved for payment and checks issued for expenses totaling:  $  275,061.64   

Roll call:  Ayes:  Baltz, Brumbaugh, Wymer.  Nays:  None.  Motion Carried.

Other officials/guests present: none

 Old Business

Road bids will be opened at the 4/13/2021 meeting.

New Business

Baltz reported that the repairs to the alley in Hammansburg are almost complete.

An example of a “right-of-way” work permit from Liberty Twp. was presented – the Board will review and determine if this is something Henry Township is interested in adopting.

Zoning Report:

Permits written for Dominique pond, Baumbarer home, American Homes request for re-zoning

Zoning board will be meeting on 4/7/2021 to consider re-zoning of American Homes property

  1. Sisco is coordinating the milling work on Hammansburg with contractors due to the County providing assistance with trucking.

It moved by Baltz, seconded by Wymer to donate $1000 to Buckeye Hook and Ladder for a new Jaws of Life apparatus.  Roll call:  Ayes:  Baltz, Brumbaugh, Wymer.  Nays:  None.  Motion Carried.

There being no further action to come before the Board the meeting was adjourned upon motion.

Submitted by Fiscal Officer, Matt Davis

The roots of slowing climate change are in trees

Interest in reducing the nation’s emissions of carbon dioxide has resurged since February when the United States reentered the Paris Agreement.

COLUMBUS, Ohio—In the fight against climate change, expanding and better managing the nation’s forests are the cheapest and easiest steps to cutting carbon dioxide emissions, according to new research at The Ohio State University. 

Across the United States, trees take up about 12% of the carbon dioxide that cars, planes, factories, and other sources generate every year, said Brent Sohngen, a professor of natural resources and environmental economics at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). 

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But trees could do even more, Sohngen said—possibly taking up as much as 16% of the nation’s annual carbon dioxide emissions—nearly a one-third increase. That would happen by planting more trees across the country; allowing some existing stands to grow longer before they’re cut; and managing some stands more intensively with weed and pest control, fertilizer, thinning, and other measures, he said. 

Within a decade of adding up to 7 million more acres of forests and more intensively managing 50–70 million acres of forestland, an additional 160 million tons of carbon dioxide would be taken out of the atmosphere every year, Sohngen said. 

Over time, the carbon uptake potential of the trees would increase—rising to 200 million tons per year after two decades.

“It’s not just going out and sticking a bunch of trees in the ground. It’s about managing them better,” Sohngen said. “If you spend more effort keeping down the weeds and other pests, they’ll grow better, and you’ll get a better return.”

The price tag for such measures is estimated to be $8 billion per year for the next decade or two, he said.

“These costs are substantially lower than the costs some companies may face if they try to go carbon neutral all on their own,” Sohngen said, referring to the goal of some companies to offset their emissions by funding projects beneficial to the environment. 

Interest in reducing the nation’s emissions of carbon dioxide has resurged since February when the United States reentered the Paris Agreement. The international treaty requires all participating countries to decrease emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that have caused the Earth’s average temperature to rise over the past century. The first round of reductions must be achieved by 2030. 

During an April 29 webinar, Sohngen and other leading forestry and environmental experts from various universities and organizations will discuss their views and research findings on the role trees can play in combating climate change. 

Those who attend the two-hour webinar hosted by CFAES will learn more about what forests are already doing to help the world’s climate as well as how much more they could do, at what cost, and where. 

The Economics of U.S. Forests as a Natural Climate Solution” will be from noon to 2 p.m. and will include presentations from Sohngen along with: 

  • Christine Dragisic, acting branch chief in the Office of Global Change of the U.S. Department of State
  • Adam Daigneault, an assistant professor at the School of Forest Resources, University of Maine 
  • Justin Baker, an associate professor at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University.
  • Greg Latta, Department of Natural Resources and Society, University of Idaho
  • Sara Ohrel, an economist in the Climate Change Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Suzi Kerr, chief economist for the Environmental Defense Fund 
  • Zach Parisa, founder and chief executive officer of SilviaTerra Carbon, a San Francisco-based company 

Of the 682 million acres of forestland in the United States, 43 million are intensively managed timber plantations, mostly owned by businesses and small landowners, Sohngen said. If those timbering acres were expanded by 10–20 million acres, that would not only reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but would also increase the supply of wood and wood products on the market, making them cheaper to buy, he said. 

“There’s a lot of things we can build houses and furniture out of, but from a climate perspective, we’re better off doing it out of wood.” 

Trees and plants, in general, take up carbon dioxide and convert the gas into carbon that’s retained in plants and soil. Plants then release oxygen, having changed carbon dioxide, one of the gases causing climate shift, into oxygen, a gas that’s beneficial. 

Trees aren’t the only solution to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. However, they could offer the least expensive boost in the fight against the warming of global temperatures, Sohngen said. 

To get the same amount of reduction in carbon dioxide emissions that planting more trees and managing them better would provide would require having significantly more new renewable energy sources on the electric grid, having more people drive electric cars and hybrids, and increasing fuel efficiency in gas-run vehicles, Sohngen said. 

“All of that can be done and should be done,” he said. “But that will be very expensive and take a lot of time.”

To register and for more information about the upcoming webinar, visit go.osu.edu/forestlands.

Wood County Fingerling Fish Sale and Pond Clinic

Fish species offered include: Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch, and more….

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a spring fingerling fish sale and pond clinic.

Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and White Amur. Largemouth Bass is not available.  Order forms are available on the website at www.woodswcd.com or by stopping by the office at 1616 E Wooster Street (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green, OH. Fish pick-up is Tuesday, April 27 at 9:30 AM at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Order forms and payment are due to the district office Wednesday, April 21.

The pond clinic is Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Lee Sundermeier residence (15211 Potter Rd, Weston, OH 43569). Matt Ross with CWS Environmental will discuss common sense information for pond management and answer questions. Please register online at www.woodswcd.com,  by calling the office at 419-354-5517 #4, or email julielause@woodswcd.com. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions please wear a mask and social distancing will be observed.

New COVID-19 assistance for farmers

Farmers who were previously ineligible or who did not apply during the initial rounds of aid should consider taking advantage of this funding…

New Pandemic Assistance Now Available
USDA Expands Outreach to Underserved Farmers and Reopens Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Recognizing the need to distribute pandemic resources more equitably, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Pandemic Assistance for Producers is a new initiative meant to reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs.

As part of this initiative, the USDA has reopened sign-up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2 for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021.  

Farmers who were previously ineligible or who did not apply during the initial rounds of aid should consider taking advantage of this funding to help offset marketing and other costs as a result of the pandemic.

Farmers who have already received aid through the CFAP programs are not eligible for additional assistance. Support for those who previously received CFAP assistance may be available as a new CFAP 3 or Producer Assistance Program to be rolled out later this year (stay tuned to OEFFA for updates!).

Director Pelanda

Under CFAP 1, CFAP 2, and CFAP AA, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) must make certain payments to producers according to a new mandated formula. These provisions include:  

  • ​​An increase in CFAP 1 payment rates for cattle. Cattle producers with approved CFAP 1 applications will receive these payments beginning in April. FSA is automatically issuing these payments, but producers may be asked for additional information.
     
  • Additional CFAP assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible crops identified as CFAP 2 flat-rate or price-trigger crops. FSA will automatically issue payments to eligible producers based on the acres included on their CFAP 2 applications; eligible producers do not need to submit a new CFAP 2 application. 
     
  • Finalize routine decisions and minor formula adjustments on applications and begin processing payments for certain applications filed as part of the CFAP Additional Assistance. This includes applications filed for pullets and turfgrass sod, formula corrections for certain row crops, and sales commodity applications revised to include insurance indemnities, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program payments, and Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus payments. Additional payments for swine producers and contract growers under CFAP AA remain on hold and are likely to require modifications to the regulation. FSA will continue to accept applications from interested producers. 


Watch for more information on OEFFA’s COVID-19 webpage as the USDA rolls out its plan to help small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, and other farmers through its Pandemic Assistance for Producers Program.

At least $6 billion will be dedicated to developing new programs or modifying existing proposals by using discretionary funding and unspent COVID-19 response funding. The USDA also expects to invest approximately $500 million in expedited assistance through several existing programs this spring.

4 Ways to Refresh Your Pet’s Routines

It’s not a secret that dogs love the great outdoors….

(Family Features) The spring season and warmer months are typically all about renewal and evaluating things that may no longer serve you, such as habits, products or routines.

This can be true for your dog as well. As the season changes and you spruce up your daily habits to feel and look fresh, consider these four things that may help brighten up your pup’s spirit.  Learn more at Nutro.com .

New Dog Bed
After a long year of cozying up inside, it is probably safe to say your dog’s bed could use a refresh. If you notice he retreats to the couch, floor or your bedroom for a good night’s rest, that may be a sign it is time to switch out the old for something new. Use this opportunity to gift your pet a plush and comfortable bed set. There are many options out there from donut dog beds to heated or kennel beds, so make sure you’re getting what’s best for your pup. A new bed could help brighten his mood in the morning, and after a full and active day, it can be exciting for him to have a new spot to relax.

New Toys
When provided with the appropriate toys, dogs can keep themselves occupied when you’re busy with work, chores or life’s daily responsibilities that can take your focus away from them. If you have noticed a drag in your pup’s energy –  laying around the house, acting less excited when you come through the door or staring at you blankly when you try to play, your dog may be experiencing boredom. It may be time to give him new toys that pique his interest. As you’re doing your cleaning and shopping, make sure to swap out old toys with new ones and even have him come along on your next trip to the pet store to pick out new ones.

Change of Scenery and Activities
It’s not a secret that dogs love the great outdoors. As the weather warms, it’s time to start thinking about breaking your dog away from the same old routine. Consider trying a new dog park, walking trail or taking him on more car rides with you. Your morning coffee run might be a fun adventure and a good way to help your pup start his day, especially if your local coffee shop has dog treats, too. This change of routine and scenery can leave him feeling energized to take on the day with you.

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New Food
As the seasons change, it may be time to switch up eating habits and choose a diet that suits your lifestyle and dietary preferences. If you’re feeling ready to make a change to your normal routine, consider doing the same for your dog. An option like NUTRO™ dry dog food provides a healthy and nutritious diet with recipes featuring ingredients such as chicken, brown rice, kale and spinach, and garnishes like egg, tomatoes and more. Following the NUTRO™ FEED CLEAN™ philosophy with simple, purposeful and trustworthy recipes, each recipe is rich in nutrients, full of flavor and made with real, recognizable ingredients to help energize your dog from the inside out.

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Virtual History ZOOM – TODAY at Noon!

 

FINAL INSTALLMENT of Virtual History Program 

Get the Zoom link below

Here is the link to the final Virtual History Zoom.  It takes place on Thursday, April 8th at Noon. 
 
It is presented by The Wood County Museum and is hosted by the North Baltimore Public Library. 
 
A recording of the meeting will be available after the meeting on the NB Library YouTube Channel.
 

Ohio State Highway Patrol unveils new OVI Dashboard

Since 2016, there have been over 71,000 crashes in Ohio attributed to impaired driving, with 2,349 of them being fatal.

 

Ohio State Highway Patrol unveils new OVI Dashboard

COLUMBUS – Motorists operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs, alcohol or a combination of them (OVI) continue to threaten the safety and security of citizens across Ohio every day. In an effort to curb these violations, the Ohio State Highway Patrol has released a new dashboard devoted to OVI enforcement and education. The OVI Dashboard is a detailed view of impaired driving crashes and violations across Ohio, and the important work that troopers, Ohio Investigative Unit agents, and our law enforcement partners around the state are doing to reduce the impact of this dangerous and deadly crime. The OVI Dashboard can be viewed at: http://www.OVIDashboard.ohio.gov

“There is never a good excuse for impaired driving, yet there are drivers who choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol every day,” said Governor DeWine. “By launching this new dashboard, we hope to enhance the public’s understanding of how often OVI crashes are happening and where they’re taking place.”

The new OVI Dashboard is a part of the Ohio Statistics and Analytics for Traffic Safety (OSTATS), a series of internal and public-facing dashboards dedicated to exploration, analysis, and visualization of crash data across Ohio. Users of the public-facing OVI Dashboard have the ability to filter data, find specific county and route statistics and get a front seat view of what our troopers do every day to stop impaired driving. In addition, an interactive map shows videos of troopers enforcing OVI violations.

“We recognize alcohol and drug-impaired driving remains a top safety concern for Ohioans and people traveling through our state,” said Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. “This new Dashboard furthers the Patrol’s prioritization to protecting innocent lives from this devastating crime and is a new tool for the public and our troopers, who are arresting impaired drivers through focused enforcement every day.”

The Patrol is dedicated to using every available resource to make our roadways safer. Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) add to Ohio’s OVI enforcement by utilizing a standardized and systematic process to examine drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of them. OVI task forces with partnering agencies are also shown on the dashboard, listing partnering agencies in participating counties.

Since 2016, there have been over 71,000 crashes in Ohio attributed to impaired driving, with 2,349 of them being fatal. During the same timeframe, troopers issued over 123,000 OVI citations, with 31% of those being to repeat offenders. As warmer months draw near, safety for everyone driving on Ohio roadways will be an important focus for the Patrol. Motorists are reminded to follow speed limits, always buckle up, and never drive impaired or distracted.

If you see dangerous driving, safely call #677 to contact a local Patrol post.