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10/11/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

ODA offers tips for purchasing firewood

OHIO — As winter approaches and more Ohioans look to firewood to help heat their homes, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director David Daniels asks Ohioans to be aware of some basic tips to help when purchasing wood.

Firewood rules and regulations include:

• Nonpackaged firewood must be sold by the cord or by fractions of a cord. One cord, when properly stacked, should be 8 feet long by 4 feet high and 4 feet wide (128 cubic feet).

• If sold in bulk, wood must be purchased by the weight in ton measurements and weighed on a certified scale.

• It is illegal to sell firewood by any other unit of measurement, such as a rick, rack, face cord or truckload.

• If non packaged firewood is purchased, the seller must present the consumer with a delivery ticket or sales invoice that includes contact information and the terms and conditions of the sale.

• If firewood is advertised and sold as “seasoned,” it must have a moisture content of less than 50 percent. “Unseasoned” wood will only produce two-thirds of the heat.

• If the firewood is advertised and sold as a certain type of wood, the load must contain at least 90 percent of that type.

If a problem occurs with a firewood sale and the seller will not correct the problem, consumers may contact the ODA’s Division of Weights and Measures at 800-282-1955 or contact a local weights and measures inspector. In Summit County, the Fiscal Office can be reached at 330-643-2636. In Medina County, the Auditor’s Office can be reached at 330-725-9754.


Interactive online maps allow Ohioans to view, search state properties and buildings

COLUMBUS — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has launched interactive online mapping tools at www.Ohio Treasurer.gov to allow Ohioans to view and search state properties and buildings. The new tools leverage statewide imaging and mapping software and make detailed information about state-owned properties and buildings available to all Ohioans.

The online tools allow Ohioans to search by county, ZIP code, city or address, and to zoom in and see information on state-owned properties and buildings. Properties are color-coded based on the agency that owns the land, and buildings are identified on the interactive maps with a red dot.

The software allows users to view overhead maps and to zoom in and view actual photographic imagery. The software also allows users to manually select and view properties and measure the size of parcels of land and distance from surrounding areas, properties and roadways.

The public is invited to provide input on state properties and buildings, including those that they might believe to be underutilized or surplus. The Treasurer’s office then will forward this information to the appropriate state agency that might be responsible for managing the property.

For details, visit www.Ohio Treasurer.gov/StateProper ties/StatePropertyMaps.aspx.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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