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Oregon City Council recently approved the purchase of a drone for the police and fire departments.

Oregon applied for a state grant to fund the drone, which would assist the police and fire departments in rescue situations.

The city agreed to pay $35,499 to Toledo Aerial Media, of Ottawa Lake, Michigan, to purchase the unmanned aircraft system.

In May, Oregon council wanted to do more research before approving an earlier proposal for a more expensive drone that would have cost $75,000. At the time, Councilman Tim Zale, chairman of the Safety Committee, thought the higher cost was “an expensive purchase,” though he agreed it would benefit the city.

Ottawa County commissioners expect to save about $752,622 by refinancing some of the county’s debt.

After an extensive review, the commissioners agreed to refinance $6.46 million of the county’s debt that carried interest rates ranging from 4.1 to 4.75 percent. The newly issued bonds have an average interest rate of 2.4 percent.

The Board of Developmental Disabilities will realize a savings on two bonds of $194,180 and the Portage-Catawba Island Sewer Improvement project will see a savings of $557,442 over the life of its bonds.

Ohio’s Best Journalism contest, sponsored by the Ohio chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, recently announced that The Press news staff won two first place awards and a second place award for “Saving Lake Erie,” a three-part series that appeared in The Press last year.

Staff writers Kelly J. Kaczala, Larry Limpf, Tammy Walro, J. Patrick Eaken, and photojournalist Ken Grosjean won first place in the categories of “Best Environment Reporting,” and “Best Consumer Reporting,” and second place for “Best Explanatory Reporting,” for newspapers with circulations of 75,000 or less.

The Ohio House Republican Caucus has scheduled a vote for Aug. 2 on the recommendation of a screening panel for the soon-to-be vacant seat for the 3rd district.

Speaker of the House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) announced last week the screening panel has unanimously recommended Theresa Charters Gavarone for the appointment.

Rep. Tim Brown, (R – Bowling Green) has said he’s leaving the legislature for the president’s post at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.

Envirosafe Services of Ohio Inc., a hazardous waste landfill at 876 Otter Creek Rd. in Oregon, has requested a renewal of its operating permit.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. July 14 at the Lake Erie Center, Room 155, 6200 Bayshore Rd., to accept public comments about a draft permit for continuing daily operations at the facility.

During the session, Ohio EPA representatives will present information about the draft permit and answer questions. During the hearing, which will follow, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the permit.

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