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  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.

        With the stroke of a pen at the Ohio Department of Taxation, the Benton-Carroll-Salem school district finds itself at a financial crossroads, Guy Parmigian, district superintendent, says in his State of the School District for 2019.

        The pen stroke came when the taxation department de-valued the property at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station that had been a major revenue source for the school district.

        Lake Township will receive about $3,377 more this year from the Wood County Solid Waste Management District to offset costs for curbside recycling.

        The increase is based on an increase from $1 per resident to $1.50 in the solid waste district’s per capita payments to villages and townships providing the curbside service.

        The current rate of $1 per resident has been in effect more than 20 years, according to the board of county commissioners, which informed the municipalities and townships providing the service of the increase in a recent letter.

Metroparks Toledo is the winner of the 2018 Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Governor’s Award for phase 1 construction of Howard Marsh Metropark.

        In addition to the Governor’s Award, Howard Marsh, in Jerusalem Township received a first place award in a category for capital improvements with a budget of $2.5 million or more.



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