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Following a year of austere budget tightening measures, Northwood ended 2010 with a balanced budget, Mayor Mark Stoner said in his state of the city address last week.

“The message for 2011 is one of both challenge and confidence,” said Stoner.

“Just like our citizens, the city has been adversely affected by the economic downturn of the last few years. To meet the various challenges, council and I have had to make difficult decisions regarding reductions in spending, personnel and capital improvement projects,” said Stoner.

The reductions allowed the city to finish the 2010 fiscal year with higher revenues than expenditures and met the requirement of having a balanced budget, he said.

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Preparations for the closing of Webster Elementary School in the Eastwood district have already begun with administrators holding a meeting last week for parents to discuss the transition set to go into effect in the 2011-12 school year.

Brent Welker, superintendent, said teachers and the administration plan to develop class lists in March for students in grades one through four, allowing students and their parents a chance to meet teachers this year.

The current first and third grade Webster classes will be moving to Pemberville Elementary School due to a lack of space at Luckey Elementary School, creating an additional section at those grade levels.

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Combined, Oregon Chief Richard Stager, Lt. Brian Andrzejewski, and Officer Michael Poddany have given nearly 100 years of service to the city’s police department.

Chief Stager, who started as a patrolman in June, 1978, will have served 32 years and eight months. Lt. Andrzejewski has served 33 years, and in February Officer Poddany will be approaching 34 years.

As all three approach retirement within the coming month, on January 11 an open house will be held in the city’s community room on Seaman Road from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to honor them.

All three say the biggest change they have seen in the department is technology.

“That’s probably the most notable change I’ve seen in law enforcement,” Chief Stager said.

Chief Stager said people and the duties involved have changed, too.

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        Chief Richard Stager       Lt. Brian Andrzejewski       Officer Michael Poddany

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The Eastwood school board is asking the Ohio Department of Education for a waiver from being required to offer a full-time kindergarten program for the next school year.

Board members approved a resolution seeking the waiver at their regular meeting last week.

A requirement for districts to offer all-day kindergarten classes was included in the state’s biennium budget but district’s can seek a waiver in certain circumstances.

Noting the state’s operating budget cut state aid to schools, State Representative Randy Gardner last year sponsored a bill allowing districts to opt out of having to offer full-time kindergarten classes and what he said were other unfunded mandates.

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The City of Oregon took in considerably less revenue last year than the year before, according Administrator Mike Beazley, who gave an end of the year financial assessment to city council at a meeting on Jan. 10.

“Our revenues came in about $1.6 million under budget,” he said. “Last year, we took in $17 million. This year, we took in $15,496,000.”

Income tax revenue fluctuated between $17.4 million and $17.6 million each year in 2007, 2008, and 2009, he added. “There was an overpayment by a large corporate taxpayer that got refunded the following year. This year, on the income tax side, we took in $15.9 million. That’s a fairly significant downturn,” he said.

“We did manage to control the impact on our revenues by really curtailing expenditures this year by $800,000. We ended up this year with a hit to the reserve of about $780,000. We expected it to be something north of a million, and it ended up coming in a couple hundred thousand dollars short of that.”

After the meeting, Beazley said the city has about $11 million in reserve.

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