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Oregon has submitted an application to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to help fund the $2.1 million Pickle Road Storm Sewer Relief Ditch project.

Council last week authorized the mayor to submit the application for financial assistance from the State Capital Improvements Fund and the Local Transportation Improvement Program Fund for the project.

The application, if approved, would provide a $320,000 grant and a 0 percent loan of $480,000 for the project, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The city earmarked $1.3 million in the budget for the project, which includes the purchase of an easement from Toledo Edison.

Administrator Mike Beazley said plans call for the construction of detention/retention ponds on the Toledo Edison property that will improve drainage in the area.

Over the course of ten days, nine lucky people were blessed with the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime.

Last summer, Woodmore High School Spanish teacher Tom Adams; sophomore Hunter Stevenson and his parents, Jill and Kurt; senior Emily O’Reilly and her mother, Andrea; sophomore Hailey McAfee; and juniors Adam Lemke and Jake Amstutz packed their bags and hopped on a flight to Spain.

After arriving just eight hours later, they checked into their hotel and began their adventure. Students looked forward to their trip.

“My sister went on the 2011 Spain-France trip, and her trip experience influenced me to go,” said Lemke. “It was the first opportunity I had to travel outside of the country and I loved seeing the cultural differences.”

Amstutz said, “My parents influenced me to go to take a step out of my comfort zone.”

Oregon recently purchased property at 746 Wheeling Street as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement Project. Without the purchase, the project would not be able to proceed, according to city officials.

The city paid $582,410 to Kin Cheung Lau and Monica Mon Koon Lau, owners of Oriental Garden Chinese Restaurant, Inc., of 746 Wheeling Street, and $7,590 for kitchen equipment and a pole sign, so an access road could be built in the middle of the property to alleviate traffic congestion.

“This is something I would have liked to have done a couple of years ago,” said Mayor Mike Seferian, who initially started talking about plans in 2013. But state regulations kept the city from negotiating with the owners to purchase the property, he added.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently approved of the city’s environmental engineering plan.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will benefit from a bill approved last week by the state legislature that reinstates some of the school funding removed by one of Gov. John Kasich’s line-item vetoes of the state budget in June.

Lawmakers included $44 million in additional payments to dozens of school districts in Senate Bill 208, which was also drafted to avert an unintended tax hike next year on small businesses.

The bill passed in both chambers of the legislature Tuesday and provides the additional funds to districts to compensate them for lost revenue from the elimination of the tangible personal property tax that was assessed on business inventory and equipment.

B-C-S schools are scheduled to receive $133,081 in Fiscal 2017 under the bill. Other districts in The Press circulation area are not receiving the supplemental payments. Lawmakers wrote the bill to include a formula that would provide at least 96 percent of a district’s state aid and TPP reimbursements received in fiscal 2015. Many districts stand to receive more than that in 2017.

The Press news staff won an Excellence in Journalism Touchstone award in the print non-daily newspaper category, for their three-part series “Saving Lake Erie,” which appeared in the January 12, January 19, and January 26 editions of the paper.

The Press beat out five other contestants for the first place award.

The series took an in-depth look at what caused Toledo in August 2014 to issue a three day tap water ban to communities that consume city water after high levels of a toxin, microcystin, was detected in samples taken from Toledo’s water treatment plant.

The three-part series consisted of a total of 18 articles written by news editors Kelly J. Kaczala and Larry Limpf, and senior reporters Tammy Walro, and J. Pat Eaken, with photos taken by photojournalist Ken Grosjean.

The series also won second place in the features category in the national Advertising & Editorial Excellence contest from the Independent Free Papers of America.


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