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Voters in the Genoa school district will likely see two levies on the May 2015 ballot.

The school board Monday took the preliminary steps for placing levies on the ballot, approving resolutions of necessity for the renewal of a 5-mill, 5-year operating issue and a new emergency levy that will generate an additional $1.025 million a year if passed.

The resolutions will be forwarded to the Ottawa County auditor for certification, said Bill Nye, district treasurer. He said the board will consider resolutions for actually placing the issues on the May ballot during its Jan. 14 organizational meeting.

District voters this year have twice rejected requests for additional tax revenue. A 4.99-mill, 5-year levy was defeated in May and an emergency issue that would have generated $800,000 annually was defeated last month.

Nye said with the loss of the emergency issue, the district has lost a year of collecting tax revenue since collections commence in the year following a levy’s passage.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved an agreement for services to be provided to seniors 60 years of age and older that will be funded by a 0.5 mill senior levy.

Administrator Mike Beazley said the agreement with the Oregon Senior Center, Inc., which operates Oregon’s current senior center on Bay Shore Road, is a “mechanism for contracting with the seniors to provide those services.”

“It also recognizes that during the year, we might find we may have to adjust those things as we work through it. “It may turn out that there’s more of a demand in some areas, and less of a demand in other areas. The contract anticipates that,” said Beazley.

Voters last year approved a five year levy to expand senior services. The city will collect $210,000 each year in revenue from the levy.

Beazley said the contract provides a responsible way to draw down the levy funds with a transparent reporting system so that the finance department is satisfied that the services that are being delivered and the public can have “a clear view of what’s taking place.”

City council voted in favor of rehiring Jim Gilmore, the commissioner of Building and Zoning, for the next three years after he retired from the position earlier this month.

Council voted 5-2 in favor of the reappointment.

Mayor Mike Seferian had made the request to rehire Gilmore at the last council meeting due to his experience, but some on council wanted more time to think about it because they were unaware it would be on the agenda until the day of the meeting. There were also concerns Gilmore would be “double-dipping,” by getting his pension and an annual full-time salary, though the city has rehired others who had retired.

Seferian had called Gilmore’s retirement “sudden,” but said it was prompted by “some changes in the benefit package” that the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) provides.

Work on an 800 megawatt gas-fired electric generating plant has begun in Oregon, it was announced last week.

The long awaited project, Oregon Clean Energy LLC, will employ 450 construction jobs during the three year construction phase, 25 full-time permanent workers once it becomes operational, and have a total annual payroll of about $3.2 million.

“We are …glad to see local companies already working at the site after so much time in the development phase,” said Mayor Mike Seferian in a prepared statement.

The power plant, which will use clean natural gas in combustion turbines to produce electricity, will be located on a 30-acre site at 816 Lallendorf Road.

There was a huge sigh of relief recently by the administration of the Lake School District.

About $11,000 in missing deposits were found not too far from a safe in the office of Jeff Carpenter, the district treasurer, where they should have been.

Money bags containing cash and checks from the athletic department and cafeteria are routinely deposited into a drop box outside Carpenter’s office to a chute leading to the safe. Beginning in August, some bags were missing.

“Those missing bags, instead of dropping into the safe, dropped through a hole in the back of the safe through the chute, between the chute and wall,” Carpenter said. “We’ve been using the safe for quite some time and then all of a sudden in late August we started missing some deposits from our food service and athletic department.”

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