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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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Back to the Wild, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center, warns on its

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website that “sometimes a local animal rescue is a bit dramatic.”

The Castalia-based center’s founder, Mona Rutger, and her husband Bill Rutger, say an animal rescue can be dangerous, too.

“You kind of learn the hard way,” Mona said. “We’ve been injured quite a bit. It’s not the animal’s fault. They are just trying to survive.”

But it’s very possible that the end result can be satisfying, too. Two locally-based impromptu rescuers are hoping just that.

That was the case Tuesday afternoon between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. when Metroparks of the Toledo Area Ranger Richard Kiss and his second cousin, Jerusalem Township trustee Joe Kiss, encountered a sick male bald eagle near Cedar Point Road.

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Councilman-elect Sandy Bihn is hoping to get some ideas on improving Navarre Avenue to maintain and attract more businesses to the area.

A meeting will be held on Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. in the Oregon Public Library to discuss the matter.

“The public is invited,” said Bihn, “but it’s targeted to the people who have businesses in the State Route 2 area.”

“The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ways to make the Route 2 area more attractive to existing and potential businesses visually and to start networking to try and improve the overall image and ability to retain and attract businesses,” she said.

A retail analysis of State Route 2 conducted in 2007 by Pitney Bowes/MapInfo, of Ann Arbor, notes that one of the impediments to attracting and keeping retail is a “hodge podge” appearance on Navarre Avenue.

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