The Press Newspaper
City council last Monday at a committee of the whole meeting shot down a request by the Oregon school board for the city to provide a third school resource officer (SRO) to the district.
Council voted 4-3 against placing the matter on next week’s council meeting agenda.
Currently, the city pays for two police officers to act as school resource officers at Clay high School, Eisenhower Middle School, and Fassett Middle School. One officer is at the high school, while the other covers Eisenhower and Fassett.
The Wood County-based Northwestern Water and Sewer District is looking to the east for another potential source of water to purchase.
Some members of the district’s board of trustees spent a day last month touring water facilities in Ottawa County and the district may apply next year for a grant to fund a feasibility study of linking the district with a distribution system in Ottawa County, said Jerry Greiner, executive director of the district.
Ottawa County has been awarded a low-interest loan of $445,512 to be used to complete the final phase of a corrosion mitigation project in the county’s water distribution system.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency awarded the loan, which must be repaid over 20 years, through its Water Supply Revolving Loan Account.
The agency estimates the low-interest loan will save the county about $102,799 compared to a market-rate loan.
Oregon city council last Monday approved a design change for the Big Ditch improvement project so the city could obtain a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit and water certification from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Council agreed to hire Jones & Henry Engineers, LTD, for additional engineering services for the design of Big Ditch in the amount of $56,600.
State and local governments are scaling back on next year’s budgets in response to the economic downturn.
In Northwood, companies like Johnson Controls, Oakley Industries and Faurecia - all auto parts suppliers – have cut hours from three shifts to just one, according to Administrator Pat Bacon. That means approximately $300,000 less in anticipated income tax revenue for the city.