UP: Those impacted by the foul odors rising out of the Sunny Farm Landfill, south of Fostoria, may still be taking a wait and see position, but this week’s public meeting in Tiffin over landfill complaints suggests the nuisance is being taken seriously. That’s a good development for all those who live downwind of the massive landfill. Officials from Tunnel Hill Partners, the parent company of the landfill, the Ohio EPA and Seneca County Health Department were among those present and answering questions regarding the odors. Landfill operators indicated they were doing everything they could to address the problem. Time will tell if they will be able to keep a lid on the stink, but one thing seems certain: many will be keeping their nose in the air to make sure they do. Many property owners seem committed to holding both Sunny Farms and the EPA to the fire.

UP: Kenton’s Jon Cross, the new 83th House District representative, may be a “rookie” lawmaker in Columbus, but he apparently won’t be lacking for legislative experience for long. Speaker of the House Larry Householder recently assigned Cross to a handful of committees for the 133rd General Assembly, and also drafted him to serve on a screening committee to interview candidates seeking an appointment to fill an open seat for the 3rd Ohio House District. Cross’s House duties will include serving on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Finance, Finance Subcommittee on Transportation; Financial Institutions Committee and the Public Utilities Committee. The energy and public utilities committee appointments, in particular, seem appropriate in a district that includes major oil and gas interests as well as emerging wind and solar farms. The House agenda is still being developed, but 2019 is shaping up to be a busy first year for Cross.

UP: Every effort must be made to notify voters before they are purged from Ohio’s voting rolls if they haven’t voted for four years. New Secretary of State Frank LaRose wants to take that effort another step by mailing those who have been purged, providing registration forms and reminding them to re-register. The mailing would go to those who were removed from voting rolls in January after not responding to “last chance” notices from previous Secretary of State and now Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. It’s important to note that being dropped from the registered voter lists for not voting is not a death sentence. All a purged voter needs to do is re-register online or at their board of elections. LaRose’s mailings may seem just a courtesy, but it sends the message that Ohio encourages voting.

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