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Michael Seferian was sworn in as Oregon’s new mayor last Sunday at 2 p.m. by

Municipal Court Judge Jeff Keller at the city municipal court.
 
Seferian, 52, was accompanied by his fiancé, Regina Goulding, his sons, Michael, Eric, and Christopher, and sisters Sue Meis and Cheryl Kinkaid.
 
It was icing on the cake for Seferian after he overwhelmingly defeated incumbent Marge Brown for the mayor’s seat on Nov. 4.
 
Seferian said he felt “humbled” as he took the oath of office.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has fined Sunoco $32,250 for deficiencies in its equipment and its risk management plan at the Toledo Refinery as part of a settlement agreement.
 
In April, 2008, the Ohio EPA inspected the plant and found four violations, including one that had been ongoing since a 2002 inspection, according to Dina Pierce, the Ohio EPA’s northwest district media coordinator.
 
Those violations include:

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The villages of Genoa and Clay Center and Allen and Clay townships budgeted a combined total of slightly more than $1 million for police service in 2008 – about $219,361 more than they actually spent, according to a report commissioned by the four communities, which are studying the feasibility of forming a joint police district.

The report, compiled by Circuit Rider Management Group, Granville, O., was presented last week to members of the Joint Law Enforcement Commission (JLEC), a group of elected officials from the four jurisdictions.

A 5-mill property levy in the villages and townships would generate about $817,573 a year – about $19,000 more than they actually spent in 2008 for police protection, the report says. The levy figure is based on the current property valuation in the proposed district, which is about $168.1 million.

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Oregon Mayor Marge Brown and City Administrator Ken Filipiak said goodbye to council at their last council meeting as city officials on Nov. 23.

Brown, who was defeated for a third term by Councilman Mike Seferian on Nov. 3, choked back tears during a brief speech at the end of the meeting.

“Since this is my last council meeting,” said Brown, “I wish to thank the staff for their great support. You guys have always been there for me. Eight years is a long time, but a short time, too. We’ve had a lot of good friendships. I wish you all well.”

Filipiak, who has been with the city for nearly 10 years, resigned after the election to take a job as city manager of Mentor, Ohio.

“This is my last council meeting,” said Filipiak, whose last day was Nov. 25.

He said he expected to provide Seferian and council with a proposed draft budget before he leaves.

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The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority received a $2 million grant from the state to clean up the former industrial park at Beazer, also known as the former Toledo Coke site, located at the Port of Toledo.

The Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) grant will allow the Port to complete the remaining environmental remediation and demolition activities at the site, just off Front Street.

The Port believes that the site will create several construction jobs and draw hundreds of new manufacturing and seaport jobs when the cleanup is complete.

Possible business markets that might be drawn to the site include agricultural, alternative energy, automotive, plastics, glass, as well as other manufacturers.

Matthew Sapara, the Port’s director of economic development, said there are several companies involved in manufacturing and alternative energy “that are looking for a place to land.”

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