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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider amending a sewer agreement with the Northwestern Water and Sewer District (NWSD) for billing and a schedule for the district’s sewer improvements.

Oregon entered into a sewer agreement with the NWSD on April 14, 2014 that required the district to construct a 2 million gallon sanitary sewer overflow storage facility or tank and install new flow meters within 18 months of executing the sewer agreement, which is October 2015, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The tank would hold excess sewage and storm water during heavy rain before it can be released and treated by Oregon’s sanitary sewer treatment plant.

Oregon has an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to make improvements to its system. As a result, Oregon will only treat up to 5 million gallons of storm water per day. Excess sewer and storm water overflow ends up untreated and flows into the lake. The NWSD reviewed the flow over 18 months and determined it exceeded 5 million gallons per day 60 times.

Policies used by Allen and Clay townships in Ottawa County may become the template for how Lake Township responds to complaints about nuisance properties.

After reviewing their policies, the police and fire chiefs of Lake Township have advised township trustees they could also utilize them.

Lake Township Police Chief/Administrator Mark Hummer told the trustees Tuesday he will first forward a copy of the policies to the Wood County prosecutor’s office for review.

“It looks like very good work,” he said, calling the policies “a pretty effective way to deal with severely dilapidated properties. We’re not talking about the guy who doesn’t cut his grass.”

Last month, Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko sent a letter to the trustees asking them to consider declaring two properties on Drouillard Road as nuisances.

Two of three state issues on the Nov. ballot have drawn the support of the Wood County Board of Commissioners.

The board has passed resolutions supporting Issue 1 and Issue 2 but the commissioners are unanimous in their opposition to Issue 3, which would provide for a group of investors the means to grow and sell marijuana in the state.

The resolution contends Issue 3 “permits investors to set their own preferential tax rates directly in the Ohio Constitution, rates that cannot be changed by the legislature like those on beer, wine and tobacco.”

In addition, it would give the investors “exclusive rights to commercial profits in Ohio” and insulates them from competition.

The commissioners’ support for Issue 2 mirrors their opposition to Issue 3.

Their resolution for Issue 2 says it “ensures that Ohio’s Constitution is not for sale and prohibits special interests from amending the constitution to create monopolies, oligopolies or cartels” and “ensures that our constitution cannot be abused and corrupted by those interested in obtaining exclusive deals and special commercial benefits.”

Oregon City Council recently approved an ordinance for a natural gas company to be the city’s natural gas aggregation supplier for 17 months.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (NOAC), of which Oregon has been a charter member, negotiated the cheapest rate for consumers in the coalition.

The contract starts in December and lasts until April of 2017.

NOAC annually evaluates and makes recommendations as to whether communities should enter into agreements with managed programs. NOAC, through Palmer Energy, solicits proposals for a new supply of natural gas. At least four proposals from natural gas suppliers were received this year. After a thorough review of each proposal, it was determined, and recommended by Mark Frye, president of Palmer Energy, that the proposal of Volunteer for Option #3 Min/Max be accepted to provide the most cost savings to consumers. It is estimated that the contract will save NOAC base customers about $1.4 million in one year.

For the administrators in the Northwood Local Schools, 2017 can not come fast enough.

After holding the official groundbreaking for the new 130,000 square foot, PK-12 building, the real construction is set to begin.

According to Superintendent Greg Clark, the pad for the school will be poured this month. The vertical building process will begin in the spring.

“This has been a long process, so seeing it come to life is very rewarding,” Clark said. “We are standing on the backs of those who came before us – those who helped make this district what it is today. We are very pleased to have a 21st century learning space for the students that will open in the fall of 2017.”

Planning for the new school began in 2003 with Ron Matter, former superintendent, Clark said.


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