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Oregon City Council next month will consider the application of a Special Use Exemption (SUE) for a lot at the northeast corner of Navarre Avenue and Wynn Road for the development of a small strip mall.

Plans also call for a gas station, according to Mayor Mike Seferian.

“I know at different times, this might become a little bit of a topic amongst residents and some people in the city of whether that’s a proper use for that piece of property,” said Seferian. The parcel faced foreclosure years ago following several attempts to purchase it, he added.

“Each of those attempts had failed. Now there’s an agreement to try and put that property to use,” he said.

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The Lake Township trustees may be wading into a sea of red tape if they seek to have a parcel of land along Ayers Road drained.

The 8.5-acre parcel west of the intersection of Ayers and Bradner roads has brought complaints from a few residents, Richard Welling, a trustee, said at a recent meeting.

A drainage ditch along Ayers doesn’t drain the parcel, he said. Consequently, it is often flooded and a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The county engineer’s office had said the property isn’t the responsibility of the county, Welling said.

The trustees briefly discussed the property but heeded the advice of Dave Miesmer, township zoning inspector, who said the parcel should be researched to determine if it’s on a protected inventory list of wetlands.

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Oregon city council on Monday approved collective bargaining agreements with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Oregon Police Command Officers/Fraternal Order of Police.

The previous collective bargaining agreements with AFSCME and the Oregon Police Command Officers/Fraternal Order of Police had expired on June 30 and May 31, 2014 respectively.

The renewed contracts included pay raises over a three year period. As of July 14, 2014, employees received a 3 percent raise, which will be followed by 2 ¾ percent raise in July 2015, and a 2 ½ percent raise in July 2016.

The contracts are similar to the three year contract approved by council in June for the Oregon Police Patrolmen’s Association (OPPA) that included salary increases for police and dispatchers, said Mayor Mike Seferian.

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Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian and Administrator Mike Beazley told council at a meeting on Monday that the city’s phone alert system is an effective tool in informing residents about public emergencies.

“I just wanted to remind people in the community that our Oregon alerts emergency call system is out there and functioning,” said Beazley.

Residents may want to contact the city to make sure their phone numbers are on file for the “Oregon Alerts! program so that the free automated call system can contact them during emergencies.

Residents can sign up for the program at the city’s website at http://www.oregonohio.org/ or call the city to register, he added. By signing up, residents will receive emergency alerts from Oregon and Lucas County in the event of an emergency or tornado warning. A voice or text alert will be sent to the phone numbers on file and/or email addresses.

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After two years of negotiations, the Village of Woodville will see the start of construction on a 4½- acre solar field on village-owned land behind the utility building on Lime Road.

In July of 2012, Solar Planet, LLC, Columbus, contacted the village about installing a solar field in or near the village.

The solar field is a 750 KW system and the panels are made globally with other equipment and material coming from local resources.

Village officials said one benefit of Woodville having a solar field is that it will diversify the energy portfolio and it will supply about 6 percent of the annual energy requirements of the village. Additionally, Woodmore schools will have access to the solar field and will be able to connect digitally to it to collect data for use in various school projects.

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Ebola outbreak

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