The Press Newspaper
The Oregon City School Board at a meeting Nov. 29 eliminated seven teaching positions and closed Wynn Elementary School to cut $2.8 million from the budget.
The most recent round of cuts was made in the wake of the defeat of a 5.9-mill emergency levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The district faces a $2 million deficit for the 2011-2012 school year. The levy would have brought in $3.4 million annually.
In the last three years, the school board has cut $8 million from the operating budget.
The district issued a position statement last summer that outlined plans to reduce the operating budget further by $2 million for the 2011-2012 school year if the levy did not pass. Those cuts included cutting 20 additional teaching and staff positions, eliminating the Career & Tech program, reducing kindergarten from all day every day to all day every other day, increasing athletic participation fees, reducing cleaning services to buildings, eliminating or significantly reducing bus service for all high school students, and implementing a process to close an elementary school and/or reconfigure the district.
Oregon City Council on Nov. 15 unanimously approved a special use exception for the Oregon City Schools District so it can install wind turbines, despite pleas from bird watchers to delay action so they could study the possible effects of turbines on bird mortality.
Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning, said one turbine will be 286 feet in height, and one will be 279 feet in height
They will be able to withstand winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
The school district had requested the special use permit for the parcel, at 5665 Seaman Road, to install the turbines in an R-1 Low Density Residential District.
The Oregon Planning Commission on Oct. 19 voted 3-0 to recommend approval of the special use exception. Before council voted, a public hearing was held that included comments from both supporters and opponents of the zoning change.
Barney, Northwood’s former crime-fighting K-9 police dog who was cut last year from the budget, only to be reinstated a short time later with donations from a sympathetic public, died from complications of cancer on Nov. 11.
Patrolman Fred Genzman, his ex-handler, was at his side.
In August, the city had announced that Barney, 7 1/2 –years-old, was retiring as the city’s K-9 because he had cancer.
Barney stayed at home with Genzman and his family to live out his remaining days in comfort.
Genzman was told by Barney’s vet that the cancer was very aggressive, though the dog had no symptoms at the time of its diagnosis. Genzman had taken Barney to the vet for a checkup because the German Shepherd and Czechoslovakian Shepherd mix had uncharacteristically started having training issues during his K-9 certification test. Barney had always passed the test, required every two years for certification, with flying colors.
For the second time in a week Lake Township police have charged two men in connection with burglaries on Tracy Road.
Christopher M. Miller, 19, Perrysburg, was charged Nov. 26 with receiving stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he and a juvenile were stopped by police in the 27000 block of Tracy Road where a pole barn had been burglarized, according to police reports.
The juvenile, a 17-year-old male from Walbridge, was charged with breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools, and obstructing official business.
A week earlier police in Lake and Perrysburg townships charged two other men in connection with burglaries on Tracy Road.
Frank E. Lintner, Jr., 36, and Gerald A. Dombroff, 30, both of Toledo, were charged in Perrysburg Municipal Court with breaking and entering and receiving stolen property.
Magee Marsh, Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, and Crane Creek Beach Ridge have been steadily building a reputation.
Between mid-April and the end of May, an estimated 50,000 bird watchers arrive from around the world, pumping an estimated $17-24 million into the local economy.
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory is seeking a three-year moratorium on additional wind turbines within three miles of the Lake Erie Shores in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Erie counties until research, including radar studies, on how the turbines affect the lives of nocturnal migrants can be completed.
The BSBO has established an online petition, co-sponsored by the Ohio Ornithological Society and Greater Mohican Audubon Society, with a link at www.bsbobird.org. The BSBO is also seeking letters of support to be written to elected officials and is asking for financial contributions to support the effort.
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