Irish Water have confirmed that works will commence next year on the Buncrana Sewerage Scheme Network Project. Pádraig Mac Lochlainn received confirmation from the Irish water utility today (Mon).The project includes upgrades to the sewer network and provision of stormwater storage at the existing Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant and at the Westbrook pumping station. The stormwater storage will reduce the risk of overflows during storm events and make all Storm Water Overflows (SWO)’s compliant.Irish Water have also confirmed that they have commenced a further project to upgrade the Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant.This is currently at the feasibility stage and will complement the Buncrana Sewerage Scheme.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “I have raised the need for stormwater and sewerage upgrades in Buncrana for many years now and I welcome this confirmation from Irish Water. It has been clear over recent years with stormwater and overflow problems at Westbrook and the Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant that we need adequate overflow tanks or stormwater storage at these locations.“The recent no swim warnings for Lady’s Bay are the latest evidence of this,” he added.“It is also important that the level of sewerage treatment at Buncrana Wastewater Treatment Plant is upgraded substantially and again, I welcome Irish Water’s commitment to addressing this too but time is of the essence.Irish Water have also confirmed that there will be upgrades to the sewage pipe network around the town in the works, scheduled for next year.“I will continue to monitor developments closely until all of these projects are advanced.” New sewerage network to be developed for Buncrana in 2020 was last modified: September 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
SANTA CLARA — Linebacker Malcolm Smith’s injury-laden tenure with the 49ers won’t continue into a third season.Smith was released ahead Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s exhibition finale against the Los Angeles Chargers and in anticipation of Saturday’s mandatory cutdown to a 53-man roster.DENVER, CO – AUGUST 19: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos runs with the football as fullback George Aston #39 of the Denver Broncos blocks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #51 of the …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Industry Excellence Awards. They are: 2020 Excellence in Customer Service – Charles Hebble, Mid-Wood, Inc.; 2020 Achievement as an Emerging Leader – Karie Staley, Central Ohio Farmers Co-op, Inc.; and 2020 Excellence in Safety & Stewardship – Cindy Ridzon, Witmer’s Feed & Grain, Inc. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2020 OABA Industry Conference on Jan. 30. Winners will receive a plaque and $1,000 cash award, sponsored by ABIS/J.H. Ward Agency.OABA has a distinguished history of serving the agricultural industry and its members through advocacy, policy leadership and educational programs. The Industry Excellence Awards honor excellence, professionalism and achievement among OABA member companies and their employees, and thereby encourage that same excellence in others.“It is a great honor to recognize outstanding individuals in our industry,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “These leaders set a high standard that agribusiness employees across all levels should aspire to achieve.”Excellence in Customer ServiceThe Excellence in Customer Service Award is presented to an individual who goes “above and beyond” in their service to customers, in order to define what excellent customer service looks like and recognize those whose contributions may often go unnoticed. The 2020 award recipient is Charles Hebble of Shelby, Ohio.Hebble, Crop Specialist at Mid-Wood, Inc., makes seed, crop nutrient and crop protection recommendations for grower customers in Central Ohio. His customer-first attitude drives his daily interactions at work, whether it is scouting fields and reporting back to customers, delivering needed supplies outside regular business hours, or periodically calling to check on overwhelmed farmers.“His relationship with the farmer customer is very important to him,” said Ed Miller, vice president of agronomy at Mid-Wood. “This guy goes the extra mile, it doesn’t matter if it’s one acre or ten thousand acres, he cares about every single acre, every single customer.”Achievement as an Emerging LeaderThe Achievement as an Emerging Leader Award is presented to an individual who represents the spirit of leadership as a growing agribusiness professional. Leadership is often difficult to define in everyday business activities, but it remains an important ability to cultivate. The 2020 award recipient is Karie Staley of Mount Gilead, Ohio.Staley, recently promoted to Branch Manager of Central Ohio Farmers Co-op’s Mount Gilead facility, now oversees all aspects of the facility’s operations, expanding her role and responsibilities after more than 20 years on COFC’s agronomy staff. Staley continually demonstrates a servant leader approach, putting the needs of the organization, her employees and customers above her own.“The primary thing that makes Karie stand out is her relationship with the customers,” said Scott Crowder, President & CEO of Central Ohio Farmers Co-op. “The way that they trust her, they know that the guidance she’s going to give them will make them successful. And that’s what we’re all about: making our members and farmers successful.”Excellence in Safety & StewardshipThe Excellence in Safety & Stewardship Award is presented to an individual that demonstrates safety and stewardship in day-to-day activities and interactions with customers, encouraging others to put safety first and be good stewards of equipment and land. The 2020 award recipient is Cindy Ridzon of New Waterford, Ohio.Ridzon, Office Manager and Safety Coordinator for Witmer’s Feed & Grain, Inc., oversees office functions, develops and maintains safety policies and procedures, and ensures Witmer’s stays in regulatory compliance. Ridzon empowers employees to make safety their number one priority every day and encourages them to identify and address any safety risks before they cause an issue.“Cindy’s concern for the safety and well-being of employees is authentic,” said Jeff Carr, Controller at Witmer’s Feed & Grain. “She’s been paramount in establishing a safety-minded culture here at Witmer’s. It empowers everyone here personally to take ownership of that safety-mindedness, knowing that safety is first and foremost.”2020 OABA Industry ConferenceThe three-day Industry Conference event, Jan. 29-31 at the Columbus Renaissance Westerville, is packed with widely-respected speakers and industry professionals, sharing their expertise on a variety of topics relating to agronomy, grain and feed, safety and more. More details will be made available at www.oaba.net/events_conference.
By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative ExtensionShould a military family planning to move to their next duty station sell their home or keep it as a rental property? Like many financial planning questions, the best answer is “it depends.” There are many factors to consider when a service member is deciding whether to sell a home or turn it into rental property. Here are some key questions for Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP)staff to ask:What is the housing market like in the area?Are houses selling quickly or staying on the market for months (or years)?Is there a strong rental market?Is the service member prepared to be a long-distance landlord or able to afford to hire a local property manager to manage the property?Can enough rent be charged to cover both the mortgage and any property management fees?How much money is currently owed on the mortgage?Does the service member owe more than the house is currently valued at?Will a property insurance company insure the residence when it is vacant (some companies will not)?Most importantly, can a service member afford to carry two homes if the first home can’t be rented or there are sporadic vacancies when tenants move?Photo by james.thompsonThese are just a few factors that service members must consider when deciding whether to sell or rent. For more information, see cbsnews.com/8301-505146_162-57443734/if-you-cant-sell-your-house-should-you-rent-it/If service members decide to become absentee landlords, they should expect to pay a property management fee of around 10% of the cost of the monthly rent to the agency. They may also have to pay a set-up fee to open an account and keep a specific amount of money in the account with the property manager for emergency repairs costing a minimal amount, such as fixing a leaky sink. Major repairs, such as replacing a refrigerator or other appliance, should require authorization from the property owners.Absentee landlords should consider purchasing a home warranty on the house for major components that could break (e.g., air conditioning). For a rental property, the cost is tax-deductible. Another recommended step is hiring a lawyer to review all rental agreement contracts.Where can military families find a property manager who caters to rental units for military families? They can start with the Realtor who sold them the house. A good Realtor in a community with a large population of military families will have a network that includes local property managers who specialize in marketing to military families. The service member can also ask around among military friends and colleagues. Chances are someone will be able to recommend a property manager in the area who caters to military families.Service members should interview at least three property managers before they decide which one to use. Cases have been reported of service members paying management companies only to find out later that they only did one drive-by in a year and/or never even walked into the house to check on the inside. Military families may also want to check out the websites militarybyowner.com and ahrn.com (Automated Housing Referral Network). They cater to service members who want to rent or sell a house to other service members.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 30, 2015.
The Iowa Legislature has been in session for a week, but Tuesday a special election takes place in Woodbury County to fill the 6th District House seat.Woodbury County Elections Commissioner Pat Gill says only ten precincts will take part in the election:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DISTRICT4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………cast your ballots. :18Republican Jacob Bossman, an aide to Senator Charles Grassley is running against Democrat Rita DeJong, a retired school teacher and administrator.The winner takes the seat formerly held by Republican James Carlin, who was just elected to the state senate in a special election last month to replace Bill Anderson.Anderson resigned from the senate November 1st to become Cherokee’s Economic Development Director.Gill says it’s highly unusual to have an election right after the state legislature convenes a new session:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DISTRICT6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………about two weeks. :17The special election will also mark the first time a new Iowa election law is in effect:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DISTRICT7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………claim to be. :17Absentee voting took place at two sites Saturday and Monday, with the courthouse open for voting only on Martin Luther King day:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DISTRICT5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….worth the effort. :12The Woodbury County Supervisors will do a canvass of the vote on Thursday, so whoever wins could be sworn into office as early as Friday or next Monday.Because it is an election for a state official, the polls in the district will be open from 7a.m. until 9p.m. Tuesday.