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Northwood’s Economic Development Committee is looking into making an outparcel off Curtis Road more attractive for future economic development.
“It’s been there a long time,” said Councilman Dave Gallaher, chairman of the committee. He brought up the matter at a council meeting on Jan. 4.
“It’s a nice location. You have to ask why it isn’t being developed, in spite of the economy. Is there something we can do to help that process along?” said Gallaher after the meeting.
The parcel is between Appleby’s Restaurant and I-280 on Curtis Road.
The cold and icy weather last month caused some snow plows in Oregon to damage some irrigation systems in the city right-of-way, which angered some residents, according to Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian.
“We had a couple of people complain that city snow plows have hit irrigation systems just off the curb and they are fairly angry, thinking the city is responsible for that,” said Seferian at a council meeting last month.
One of the complaints was from a resident located in the Sweetwater addition, on the west side of Pearson Metropark.
Residents’ anger is misdirected, however, said Seferian, because the city is not at fault. Residents who put in the irrigation systems are responsible for their repair.
“Irrigation systems are not a permitted use in the public right-of-way, and that’s where these have been damaged,” he said.
A formal recommendation to close the Rocky Ridge Elementary School building is expected to be presented this week to the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education.
Superintendent Diane Kershaw, who recommended the closing to the board at its Dec. 15 special meeting, said declining enrollment is the primary reason for the facility and finance committees to decide closing the school is the best option for the district.
The board is scheduled to meet Jan. 11.
“Due to declining enrollment, we have an opportunity to combine our elementary buildings which will lead to additional operational efficiencies,” she said in a prepared statement.
Pay raises of 2 percent for non-union employees of Lake Township were approved by the board of trustees during their final meeting of 2010.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board, said the increase is in line with raises given earlier to officers in the police department who are unionized.
The officers are in the second year of a three-year contract, she said.
The trustees also extended the contract for another year with Mark Hummer, the trustees’ administrative assistant. He will be paid $1,000 a month – an increase from $800 monthly.
He is also the township’s police chief.
Over the past several years the Toledo Public Schools have suffered many financial setbacks and still find the system struggling to keep up with the economy. There are many urban schools that are facing issues much like the TPS schools around the country. The once proud Toledo City Athletic League is now facing a challenge that may be its biggest ever.
Last year the TPS system eliminated middle school, freshman, and some high school sports with low participation. That was a big blow to the remaining high school sports. The biggest blow is the imploding of the TCL when seven schools left to form a new conference, the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. That now leaves six TPS schools, after Libbey closed this past season, for next season to be in the TCL and they include — Bowsher, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite, and Woodward. I will admit all of this does not look good and listening to the present Commissioner of the TCL he doesn’t see much hope for the future. He doesn’t seem to want to fix the problems either.
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