Erie County, it's time to get the lead out.
Erie County, the Erie County Health Department and Sandusky have scheduled a series of public meetings to explain to homeowners, landlords and tenants how a $3 million grant will be used to curtail lead hazards in the county's older homes.
The money will be used to reduce lead hazards in 220 homes, to perform tests for lead hazards and for other prevention and educational activities. Lead poisoning, often associated with old homes with old paint, can cause death, mental retardation and many health problems.
Here is the schedule:
-- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Erie County Commissioners chambers, 247 Columbus Ave.
-- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Berlin Township Hall, 12101 Ohio 61, Berlin Heights.
-- 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Vermilion Ritter Library.
-- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Bay View Village Hall, 304 E. Bayview Dr., Bay View.
-- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Castalia Village Hall, 126 Main Street, Castalia.
-- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Milan Village Hall, 11 S. Main Street, Milan.