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A Genoa business owner and candidate for a village council seat has made a request for copies of files in the computers used by the village police chief and administrator.

Through his attorney, Eric Hise, owner of the Bharmacy, 621 Main Street, sent a letter dated Oct. 19 to Mayor Mark Williams requesting copies of the memories in the computers of the chief and administrator going back to January, 2008.

Mayor Williams last Tuesday said he hadn’t seen the request but acknowledged it may have arrived at the town hall after he last checked his mail.

Hise said his request is unrelated to a lawsuit he filed in December, 2008 against Mayor Williams, Chief Randy Hill, and a village police officer, alleging the mayor directed the police department to harass his business.

Oregon City Council Aug. 10 unanimously approved a major change in a site plan to allow an expansion of a nursing home, Heartland of Oregon, at 3953 Navarre Avenue.

The change was to an existing conditional use exception in an R-4 Planned Residential District for the purpose of increasing the total building area of more than 10 percent of the nursing home, according to Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning inspection.

“It’s considered a major chance, which needs approval from the planning commission and also city council,” said Gilmore.

The proposal is for two additions, he said.

Marvin Belknap has started a support group, of sorts, for small businesses in hopes of resolving problems they share.

Belknap, who owns The Coffee Shop, and Tan Pro Oregon, held a small business forum with city officials to discuss those problems.

“We invited any business owner with 50 or fewer employees.  There’s a lot of concern that small businesses are faltering, and not able to make it in Oregon. So I wanted to host a forum so everyone could ask questions,” Belknap said at a committee of the whole meeting on Oct. 19.

Belknap hopes to form a small business task force outside the Chamber and Oregon Economic Development Foundation that would work with the city administrator, public service director, and possibly law director to find ways to promote small business and help “relieve some stress and burden on us.”

“A lot of our members are tired of seeing people go to the other side of the river to do things, to shop, go to dinner, enjoy themselves,” he said.

Some common concerns of small businesses, said Belknap, include relaxing a stringent sign code and architectural committee regulations “that drives business away.”

The Northwood Plan Commission last Monday voted 6-0 against recommending to city council a zoning change for a proposed senior housing complex on Curtice Road near Wise Street in the central area between Lemoyne and Bradner roads following intense opposition from area residents.

The Commission voted 3-2, with one abstention, in favor of a zoning change request for a proposed 64-lot single family housing subdivision at the same site.

The city will schedule public hearings on both matters before they go before council for final action.

Time is of the essence at Lake High School.

With an estimated ten years until all World War II veterans are gone, the school started to raise money two years ago in an effort to send World War II veterans to see the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. free of cost.

The money raised goes to the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio organization, which has sent over 300 veterans since their inception in 2007. People at Lake have raised over $4,400, which has allowed nine veterans to visit the memorial.

Although the school doesn’t know the names of the veterans they helped send, the veterans are told why they went and who raised money.

The effort initially began when Jim Witt, superintendent at Lake Local Schools, received a letter from a woman in Walbridge telling him about the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio.

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