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Alcohol and emotions may have been factors in the death of a Woodville man when a car plunged into a quarry early Saturday morning (Aug. 22) , according to the survivor’s story.

Jason Clere, 32, was pulled from the overturned submerged 2004 Mercury Sable LS by members of the Ottawa County Underwater Recovery Team after the crash in a quarry near the village limits of Rocky Ridge. Mid-County EMS transported him to Magruder Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“His car veered off the road. There’s a group of trees there. You wouldn’t know the quarry was there unless you already knew about it,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

The car’s passenger, Amy Tingley, of Rocky Ridge, swam to safety and was later treated at Magruder Hospital.

The sheriff and other authorities stayed at the scene until nearly 5 a.m. investigating the crash that happened shortly before 1 a.m.

An improving economy may be making it harder for Ottawa County officials to get improvements at the Genoa Senior Center completed.

After not receiving any contract bids on Aug. 18, the county commissioners have scheduled a second bid opening date for a project to upgrade the building that houses the senior center.

The commissioners recently approved an opening date of Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.

Mark Messa, director of the Regional Planning Commission, recommended the second bid opening.

“Everybody’s busy right now,” Messa said Thursday. “The (county) engineer’s office, private contractors are all having trouble getting projects bid out because a lot of the local contractors that do these smaller jobs are absolutely slammed.”

Oregon City Council last week approved the purchase of two 2016 Ford Utility Police Interceptor vehicles from Mathews Ford for the Police Division to replace two vehicles damaged by the weather this summer.

Due to the recent flooding, an insurance settlement of $21,955.50 was accepted on the total loss of two Ford Focus police vehicles, according to Mayor Mike Seferian.

“We lost two vehicles in the flood,” he said. “These will replace those vehicles.”

The police division will continue to replace its fleet with SUVs, he added.

Mathews Ford’s quote for the two vehicles was $63,640, reduced to a final cost of $51,660 due to an $11,980 credit. Although Lebanon Ford, of Lebanon, Ohio, provided a quote $1,000 cheaper at $50,666, council preferred doing business with the local vendor.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved levying special assessments for the repair and reconstruction of certain sidewalks last year.

The special assessments for the cost and expense of the repair and reconstruction of sidewalks in designated areas in Oregon total $23,749.88.

Mayor Mike Seferian said property owners had so much time to pay for the repairs.

“If it’s not made within a certain time, then we will assess the property,” he said.

The special assessment against each lot or parcel is payable in full within 60 days after passage of an ordinance on the repair and reconstruction of sidewalks last July 28. Property owners have the option to pay in four semi-annual installments with an interest rate of 3.5 percent per year. Special assessments remaining unpaid are placed on the tax duplicate and collected as real estate taxes are collected.

A new employment agreement for the superintendent of the Woodmore Local School District has drawn the ire of a member of the school board who contends the document was enacted improperly.

Reading a prepared statement, Joe Liszak said Tuesday he had no knowledge until recently of a contract apparently drawn up this past June that sets the annual salary of Superintendent Linda Bringman at $102,003.

Her prior contract that was approved by the board Aug. 19, 2014 didn’t stipulate a salary. “To be determined” is written where the contract would list an amount.

Start and expiration dates for both agreements are the same: Aug. 1, 2015 to July 30, 2018. Prior to that, Bringman had a contract that began July 1, 2012 and expired June 30 of this year. Her salary was $99,500.


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