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The Lake Township trustees have rejected a request from CSX Transportation for the township to vacate Walbridge Road at a CSX crossing so the rail company can close the crossing to traffic.
After holding a third public hearing Tuesday on the company’s request, the trustees unanimously approved a resolution to deny it and send a letter to Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for CSX, informing the rail company of their decision.
Gilsdorf presented the CSX request to the trustees in October.
CSX had offered the township $10,000 if the trustees agreed to permanently close Walbridge Road at the crossing, which is located between East Broadway and Tracy Road.
The trustees voted on the request after hearing from residents, a member of the union representing CSX employees, and the chief s of the township’s police and fire departments.
Oregon City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance to allow Mayor Mike Seferian to submit an application for a $468,113 Transportation Enhancement Grant to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) to help fund the Navarre Avenue Beautification Project.
The grant would help the city enhance Navarre Avenue from the CSX railroad to Coy Road.
The city will commit $117,028, or 20 percent toward the $585,141 project.
The project consists of replacing the existing unsightly gravel shoulders on Navarre Avenue just west of the I-280 exit ramp to the CSX railroad with bioswales, a five-foot wide paved shoulder, a permeable concrete strip, and a five- foot wide sidewalk, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
The project will also include landscape lighting and decorative stone for the green space at the I-280 exit ramp. Decorative street lighting will be added to the existing pedestals on the north side of Navarre Avenue between Wheeling Street and Coy Road.
Wouldn’t you like to be a lighthouse keeper, if only for a few days?
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Society plans to have that opportunity available once a $1.5-2 million renovation project is complete.
“Once it’s restored, we’re hoping in two to three years, people will be able to stay out there three to four days a week,” THLS President Sandy Bihn said. “It would be about four people, two pairs in each room that obviously know each other and apply together.
“They would pay some amount to stay there. They would be the keepers at the lighthouse so that when boaters and the school children will hopefully come out and tour it, it will be manned from spring until fall. So it will be a long period of time. We are giving priority to becoming a keeper to members, so the longer you’ve been a member, you get first and then second and whatever. A lot of people are enthused about the project and we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback.”
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is located about five miles north of Maumee Bay State Park's shores. The lighthouse marks the entrance to the Toledo shipping channel where Lake Erie and Maumee Bay meet. Boaters are generally destined for the Maumee River.
Members of Oregon City Council last Monday asked the city to look into the possibility of using Wynn Elementary School as a senior center.
The Oregon school board recently announced that the school would be closing due to budgetary constraints following the defeat of an operation levy last month.
Council members Dennis Walendzak and Sandy Bihn asked Mayor Mike Seferian to look into the feasibility of using the school for a senior center.
The city in the last several years has been looking at options for a new senior center. The current facility, the James Hancock Center on Bay Shore Road, is deemed too small and inadequate for the growing senior population in the city.
“I know it’s kind of out there a little bit,” said Walendzak in proposing the idea at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday, “but I asked them to look at the potential of using that facility.”
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