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        The administration of Woodmore schools is dedicating a portion of its latest community newsletter to explain its response to a perceived online threat on Feb. 6.

        That morning the administration received an alert from Social Sentinel, a company that monitors social media. The alert cited a message from an anonymous Twitter account that said, “Elmore’s school hours are 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Remember this just in case you’re thinking of shooting it up. All shooters welcome!”

        Legislation that reauthorizes $6.5 million annually through 2024 for the protection of migratory birds has been passed in the U.S. Senate.

        Sen. Rob Portman, R- Ohio, a co-sponsor of the Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Act, said it gives the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the means to promote long-term conservation, research, monitoring and habitat protection for more than 380 species of migratory birds.

        Despite having reached a tentative agreement with creditors that may stave off bankruptcy, the subsidiary of FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. that operates the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station has filed requests with federal regulators to amend operating licenses and continue preparations for permanently shutting down the power plant.

        FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. has recently requested amendments from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that would:

-Modify the licenses to reflect the facility’s condition when permanently defueled, which will require fewer systems and components.

- Modify the plant’s post shutdown emergency plan to adjust staffing needed when the plant ends operations.

  Oregon City Council recently authorized a ground lease/purchase agreement with the owner of the former Kmart property at 2830 Navarre Ave. for a 120 day due diligence period. The city will then decide whether it wants to enter into a 10-year lease with an option at the end of the 10 years to buy the property for $3.7 million, with lease payments of approximately $300,000 per year during that 10 year period.

        The acquisition is part of the city’s downtown development project.

        Shawn Kapfhammer, owner of S&K Mow and Snow, which is located on the property, will have to move his business, since all of the buildings at that location will be demolished as part of the acquisition deal. Kapfhammer leases the property for less than the going rate of commercial property at that site.

        Oregon City Council recently approved a request for a Special Use permit in an A-1 Agricultural zoned district at 6733 Seaman Road for the purpose of operating a kennel with seven dogs.

        The applicants/owners are Walter and Yvonne DuPont. A kennel is generally not a permitted use in an agricultural district.

        In 2001, the city passed an ordinance that permitted only three dogs per household after there were constant complaints from neighbors about noise and odor of households in the city with multiple dogs.

        The city grandfathered in multiple dog households that went beyond the three dog limit at the time the ordinance was passed. If someone has more than three dogs and wishes to have them housed in the city legally, the only avenue is to apply for a kennel permit.

        The Project Review Committee had no objections to the proposed kennel because it is located in an A-1 Agricultural zoned district.



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