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Oregon City Council last week approved a contract with Performance Pipeline for Phase 3 of the Sanitary Sewer project.

Performance Pipeline, of Ottawa, Illinois, had the lowest and best bid of $1.9 million. Three of four contractors who bid on the project were located outside of Ohio, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

Phase 3 includes the rehabilitation of mainline and lateral sanitary sewers in the Euclid Park, Old Eastmoreland, and Valley Park areas.

The contractor received a good reference from the Northwestern Water & Sewer District for sewer lining work they had done in Walbridge, according to Roman.

The company plans on using Inland Waters as a subcontractor for the main sewer line, the same contractor the city used for Phase 2.

The Woodmore school board followed the correct statutory format when it met in a special meeting May 31 and appointed Dan Hoppe to a seat left vacant by the resignation of Grant Cummings, according to a letter from the board’s attorney to the Sandusky County prosecutor’s office.

Timothy McCarthy, an attorney with a Toledo law firm retained by the board, in a June 5 email to Thomas Stierwalt, county prosecutor, states the prosecutor’s interpretation of state statutes covering board appointments is flawed.

“A board of education has a window of opportunity that opens 10 days after a vacancy occurs and closes 30 days after a vacancy occurs in which it may select a successor to fill a vacancy,” the email says. “That successor can be selected in the “next regular” meeting of the board of education or in a “special” meeting of the board. If the board of education is unable to agree, by a majority vote, upon a successor during that time, the decision defaults to the probate court.”

The Lucas County Commissioners last week unanimously voted to request the governors of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan and the premier of Ontario to commit to a 40 percent cut in dissolved reactive phosphorus in Western Lake Erie.

The vote was in advance of the Leadership Summit of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers hosted by the Council of Great Lakes Governors that was scheduled for June 12-14 in Quebec City, Quebec. The theme of the summit was “Connecting Across Borders.” The summit was by invitation only. Among those planning to attend was Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Reducing dissolved reactive phosphorus in Western Lake Erie would lower the risk of the development of harmful algal blooms, which caused a three day water ban in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan last summer.

Last year, Clay High School freshman Ally Hommel was asked to paint the names of 45 soldiers who died in battle.

For her, it became much more than painting names of fallen heroes.608ClayFallenHeroes

The 45 names, who all attended Clay, went next to the Freedom Shine mural and plaques on the wall across from social studies teacher Chris Klosterman’s room.

It took Hommel 18 months, but with the help of art teacher Kristin Wamer, Ally not only painted their names in a color coded serif font, she took the project further.

Hommel decided she wanted to know more about these soldiers, so she began researching their lives. She says it changed her “in a positive way.”

It wasn’t until 300 people showed up for the Annual Clay Alumni Memorial Concert on May 21 that Klosterman realized how much Hommel’s research affected her. Ally, who just completed her sophomore year at Clay, was a guest speaker.

Although it’s months away, the Oregon City Schools District is rallying community support of a 3.95-mill levy that will be on the November ballot.

Voters have rejected three previous attempts by the district to get an operating levy passed The financially strapped district would collect $1.9 million annually if the levy passes. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $138 annually.

Voters have rejected three previous attempts by the district to get an operating levy passed The last time voters approved an operating levy was in 2008 when a 5.9-mill levy was passed.

If the 3.95-mill levy is approved by voters this fall, the revenue would provide the district’s 3,800 students continued access to elementary art and the fitness club, intermediate school 6th grade camp, junior high Washington, DC trip, high school musicals, athletics, and marching band, according to Superintendent Hal Gregory.

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