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On July 2, Northwood City council voted 6-1 against renewing contract negotiations with a company that provides the city’s speed van, a mobile vehicle that issues citations to motorists for speeding.

But at a meeting Aug. 27, Police Chief Tom Cairl made a pitch to continue negotiations with Redflex Safety Solutions, of Arizona, to continue providing a van equipped with a camera that targets Northwood streets with a high incidence of speeding.

The contract on the speed van expires in January.

The city also has stationary speed and red light photo enforcement cameras that have been installed at the intersections of Lemoyne and Woodville roads and Oregon and Wales roads since 2005. The city is also negotiating with Redflex to renew its contract on the stationary cameras.

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Hoping to build on the momentum from the recent creation of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) at Metcalf airfield, the Lake Township trustees last week approved an initiative aimed at spurring job growth.

The initiative focuses primarily on the transportation industry, said Richard Welling, a township trustee.

“We decided we wanted to taker more of a leadership role in promoting business and creating jobs,” he said. “We have the airport, rail yards, truck terminals, and interstates. We want to take advantage of that and try to create some jobs.”

A link to the township’s Web site is being developed to offer area businesses a networking center for posting job openings and related information.

In addition, Welling said the trustees intend to take a more aggressive role in assisting local businesses with seeking grants and other incentives.

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Oregon mayoral candidates Mike Seferian, Marge Brown, and Marvin Dabish participated in a taped roundtable discussion on the issues Thursday morning on WTVG Channel 13 with anchorman Jeff Smith as moderator. The program will be broadcast at noon Sunday, 14 days before the Sept. 15 mayoral primary.

The station submitted several questions beforehand, according to Dabish and Brown.

Those questions include:
• What is your read on Oregon right now, and what is the action plan for the next year?
• Now, what is the idea for a coking plant, or some other type of major industry that can bring jobs?
• Should Oregon be a bigger player in the alternate energy push? Why not create a wind turbine field near the bay?
• Are there any concerns there would be a voter mistake at the voting booth considering your first names all start  with an M and a wrong move could way the vote the other way?

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A group representing lakefront property owners that won a court victory last month is bracing for opponents to appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Members of the Ohio Lakefront Group have scheduled a meeting for Sept. 9 at the Catawba Island Club, 4235 E. Beach Rd., Port Clinton, to discuss the case.

The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m.

The 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled largely in favor of landowners in a lawsuit to decide where Lake Erie shoreline property becomes privately-owned and where the public access starts.

“We fully expect, and have been advised, that the case will be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court,” says an invitation to the meeting sent to landowners and public officials. “At this meeting we will inform our members of the ramifications of the current win as well as what might be expected in the appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.”

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Keith Marok is a man of many interests.

Not only does Marok design and make jewelry, but he is a professional glass maker and soda pop entrepeneur. Yes, soda pop.

"He is a multi-talented kind of guy. Very creative," Kathy Steingraber said.

Steingraber, an East Toledo native who lives in Oregon, is the former president of the Downtown Warehouse District Association. She is a member/property owner of St. Clair Village, Inc. in downtown Toledo.

Located in St. Clair Village is The Little Gallery, a commission-free gallery at 46 S. St. Clair St. Marok, 35, shows his glass art at The Little Gallery's exhibits, which are held every third Thursday of the month.

"Everybody who exhibits here, exhibits free," Steingraber said. "Anything they sell is theirs. We don't take any of the money. It's a wonderful event."

Marok and his wife, Amanda, own a company called Marok's GlassRoots.

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