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Oregon council last week voted 5-2 to rescind an ordinance to buy property on Pickle Road that would have been used as a passive park.

Council on March 23 had narrowly passed an ordinance by a vote of 4-3 to purchase the property from George and Carrie Tschann, 3521 Pickle Road, for $195,000. Since then, several opponents of the purchase showed up at subsequent council meetings to express their disapproval.

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More proposed spending cuts may be implemented this week by the Genoa school board, according to the district treasurer.

Board members in a special session last Monday discussed additional spending reductions proposed by the administration but will likely take action on the recommendations during this week’s regular meeting, Bill Nye said, adding the district is trying to position itself to avert a projected deficit by the end of fiscal year 2011.

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Walbridge Mayor Dan Wilczynski is asking for families and friends of military personnel who’ve served in Iraq and Afghanistan to contact the village with the names of the personnel so they can be recognized for their service.

The mayor said a local woman recently told him about her fiancé, an Army specialist who will be returning from duty in Iraq, and asked him whether there could be some show of community support for the returning service men and women.

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Walbridge Mayor Dan Wilczynski said the village has received resumes from six persons expressing interest in the police chief position.

The mayor and council are reviewing the resumes but aren’t committing to a deadline for hiring a new chief.

Donald Hendren, the former chief, submitted his resignation in February. Officer Jason Harden has been named acting chief of the department, which has a staff of four full-time and four part-time officers.

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Oregon Mayor Marge Brown and some members of city council last Monday said they were against a proposal to expand the TARTA bus system for all of Lucas County that would be funded by a sales tax instead of the current property tax,
 
A study from a consultant hired by TARTA recommended in February that a half-cent sales tax would provide service expansion and financial stability to Lucas County, including Oregon.
 
Oregon has repeatedly resisted efforts by TARTA for bus service in the past.
 
Brown said a group of mayors from Perrysburg, Maumee, Oregon and Sylvania met over a year and a half as a result of Perrysburg’s desire to leave TARTA. The group will meet again at the end of this month.
 
“If all the other areas pass this half-cent sales tax, then guess what? We have TARTA,” Brown said to council at a meeting April 6.

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