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Oregon City Council on Monday voted 7-0 against a zoning change request that would have allowed a resident to operate a dog kennel at 6143 Seaman Road.

Elisa Shufelt, on behalf of owners Fenno and Linda Vanderveen, applied for a Special Use Exception (SUE) in an R-1 Low Density Residential District that would have allowed housing more than three dogs on the premises. Oregon allows residents to own a minimum of three dogs.

The Oregon Planning Commission on Aug. 18 voted 5-0 against the application. The Project Review Committee stated that the planning commission should consider the impact the kennel would have on neighboring properties.

Mayor Mike Seferian, who is also on the planning commission, said he spoke to the applicant before the meeting.

For Jordan and Morgan Kovacs, of Curtice, living separate and divergent lives has become a reality the brother and sister have accepted.

Morgan Kovacs

Jordan, a 2008 Clay High School graduate, went to the University of Michigan, graduating in 2013 with a degree in Movement Science. As a member of the UM football team, Kovacs, a walk on, fought his way onto the team eventually becoming the team's captain in 2012 as well as the MVP.

“I have always loved playing football, but a lot had to fall into place to get on the team,” Kovacs said. “Things really have worked out in an interesting way.”

That would be an understatement. As a kid, Jordan, like many others his age, dreamed of playing in the National Football League. Through the trials and triumphs of playing in college along with the wisdom of growing older, Jordan was not so sure his NFL dream would become a reality.

Even before he took the oath of office Wednesday for his new appointed position in the state legislature as representative of the 89th House District, Steve Arndt had already made up his mind he’ll be spending more time in the district than in Columbus.

Arndt, who’d served as an Ottawa County commissioner for 27 years, believes his time is best spent listening to the concerns of constituents.

His decision to submit his name to the screening panel came after several local residents and office holders expressed support for him to do so. The seat was vacated in August by Steve Kraus after he was convicted of theft.

“There was just so much encouragement from other elected officials and from the residents. The timing just seemed right,” Arndt said. “I thought if there is something I can do to give back to them I wanted to do it. That’s one thing I always enjoyed in my job is the constituency work, talking with the individuals about what’s on their minds.”

Animals taken from Tiger Ridge Exotics earlier this year have been moved out of state for their own well being, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Erica Hawkins, communications director for the ODA, said the animals were transferred from the state’s temporary holding facility in Reynoldsburg in August because the facility is only supposed to be temporary.

“They had been in Reynoldsburg since January 28 and that is a long time to be there,” Hawkins said. “That facility is only for short term care. They were all in good health and it was just better to transport them now and not wait until the snow is flying.”

A liger and a cougar were transferred to Keepers of the Wild in Valentine, Ariz. Three tigers and a leopard went to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fla., and three tigers and a Kodiak bear went to Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Spearfish, S.D.

Oregon Council on Monday authorized city officials to enter into an agreement with Jones & Henry Engineers, Ltd., of Toledo, for $191,720 to provide professional engineering services for the final design phase of sludge dewatering improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.

On July 14, 2014, council awarded a $43,280 contract to Jones & Henry to provide professional engineering services for a Biosolids Study and Preliminary Design for sludge dewatering improvements for the wastewater treatment plant. Based on the results of the preliminary design, a new biosolids or sludge dewatering facility consisting of two centrifuges, along with disposing dry sludge at a landfill, was considered to be a very cost effective alternative, especially due to the rising costs of applying liquid sludge as fertilizer to farmland.

The city was awarded a $792,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) and a low interest loan through the Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) for the estimated $3.3 million project.


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