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        Oregon on Monday held a meeting on downtown development in city council chambers. The focus was mostly on the development of property where the former Kmart store is located on Navarre Avenue, an area where the city wants to develop a downtown area.

        Oregon in the last couple of years has been in the process of acquiring property in an effort to create a downtown area. In 2017, council passed a resolution in support of designating a zoning overlay as the first step in creating a downtown area that would include retail, residential, an entertainment district, and open green space along Navarre Avenue. The overlay district covers three areas bordered by Isaac Streets Drive, Navarre Avenue, Coy Road, Dustin Road, and Pickle Road, an area that totals 167 acres.

        A bill that would reform brownfield regulations in Ohio has been re-introduced in the state legislature.

        Representative Steve Arndt, R – Port Clinton, said House Bill 168 would stimulate economic development by incorporating into Ohio law the federal bona fide prospective purchaser defense for someone interested in purchasing contaminated properties.

        Rep. Arndt provided sponsor testimony for the bill last week to the House Civil Justice Committee.

    Campaign finance reports filed with the Lucas County Board of Elections show that the Toledo Jobs and Growth Coalition spent almost $306,000 to sway Toledo voters to not support the Lake Erie Bill of Rights ballot initiative in February.

        With 6,260 actually voting against the measure, that comes to about $49 a vote.

        The Wood County prosecutor’s office is now interceding in a zoning dispute over property along Woodville Road being used to temporarily store piles of leaves.

        Mark Hummer, Lake Township administrator, reported to the township trustees Tuesday that the prosecutor’s office has sent a letter to legal counsel for Jim Mlynek, owner of the property and Woodville Road Nursery. He’s been using the site to store leaves before composting them at the nursery on the other side of Woodville Road.

        Last September, Maxine Haas told her family she had dipped her last scoop of ice cream at Pee Wee’s Dari Snak and was – after 55 years – retiring.

        The family-owned business had been a staple of the Stony Ridge community and stopping there for a treat was routine for residents, baseball and soccer teams and other groups during the summer.



The Ohio legislature has passed a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. In practice, that would make abortion illegal after six weeks.
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