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Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper

For decades two aging and derelict pink buildings have overlooked Washington Street near Genoa's historic Town Hall.

To many people these long neglected structures have been a mystery and roadside wonder as passersby guess what they might have been at one time and why they haven't been torn down.

But to some folks, these orphans of time are much more than what the eye perceives. For behind the tattered and peeling facades, some folks glimpse a treasure - precious pieces of Genoa's past that need to be saved so they may take their special place in the Genoa story.

Oregon’s City Administrator has met with Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc., officials to discuss why part of their design to expand an older regulator substation at Lallendorf and Brown roads was inconsistent with what is currently under construction.

Last month, the city issued a stop work order to the company after neighbors noticed that a new heating unit that was supposed to be just eight feet tall ended up being 16 feet tall.

“We have asked them for a response. At the same time, we’re researching our own ability to get as much as we can should we not solve the problem if we have to resolve it through the court system or one of the regulatory systems,” said Administrator Mike Beazley at a council meeting on June 13. “We had what I believe was a positive conversation with their team that came in here and met with us a couple of weeks ago.”

The Press news staff has won a first place award from The Press Club of Cleveland’s Excellence in Journalism” writing contest.

Staff writers Kelly J. Kaczala, Larry Limpf, Tammy Walro, J. Patrick Eaken, and photojournalist Ken Grosjean won first place in the Public Service category for “Saving Lake Erie,” a three-part series that appeared in The Press last year. Kaczala was the project manager.

Oregon City Council is looking at approving the purchase of body cameras for the police department.

Funding for the 45 body worn cameras was included in this year’s budget, according to Mayor Mike Seferian at a committee of the whole meeting on June 6.

Police Chief Mike Navarre recommended that the city buy the cameras from Coban Technologies, Inc., of Houston, for $51,405. Coban is the city’s current vendor for in-car cameras and video/audio recording equipment used by the Oregon Police.

Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer Tuesday said he was “very comfortable” with the proposal submitted to the Village of Walbridge for providing police coverage to the village and rejected criticism by some elected village officials that the township was heavy handed in how it presented the proposal to the village.

At the request of Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko, the township, City of Northwood, and Wood County Sheriff’s Department recently submitted proposals for police service to the village. Chief Hummer’s proposal of $295,000 a year, excluding dispatching costs, was the lowest. The sheriff’s proposal was $363,655 and Northwood’s proposal was $350,000; both included dispatching expenses.

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