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A local state representative joined with colleagues on the state controlling board recently in questioning why the Ohio Department of Transportation didn’t do more to assist Ohio universities when the department sought requests for proposals for a research/planning project to improve bridge construction.

State Rep. Chris Redfern (D- Catawba Island) and at least two other members of the board indicated during a board meeting last month they wouldn’t approve a contract with Iowa State University for $166,269 even though it was lower than proposals from Cleveland State University, Case Western University, Ohio University and the University of Toledo.

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The Lake Township trustees may be wading into a sea of red tape if they seek to have a parcel of land along Ayers Road drained.

The 8.5-acre parcel west of the intersection of Ayers and Bradner roads has brought complaints from a few residents, Richard Welling, a trustee, said at a recent meeting.

A drainage ditch along Ayers doesn’t drain the parcel, he said. Consequently, it is often flooded and a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The county engineer’s office had said the property isn’t the responsibility of the county, Welling said.

The trustees briefly discussed the property but heeded the advice of Dave Miesmer, township zoning inspector, who said the parcel should be researched to determine if it’s on a protected inventory list of wetlands.

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Oregon city council on Monday approved collective bargaining agreements with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Oregon Police Command Officers/Fraternal Order of Police.

The previous collective bargaining agreements with AFSCME and the Oregon Police Command Officers/Fraternal Order of Police had expired on June 30 and May 31, 2014 respectively.

The renewed contracts included pay raises over a three year period. As of July 14, 2014, employees received a 3 percent raise, which will be followed by 2 ¾ percent raise in July 2015, and a 2 ½ percent raise in July 2016.

The contracts are similar to the three year contract approved by council in June for the Oregon Police Patrolmen’s Association (OPPA) that included salary increases for police and dispatchers, said Mayor Mike Seferian.

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Todd Deem, Waite’s new principal, will speak to the East Toledo Club Thursday, September 18 at Noon at the East Toledo Senior Center. The public is invited.

Deem will talk about his goals to make Waite the best comprehensive public school in the city of Toledo. He will address his efforts to continue the Waite traditions of service to the community, activities and the relationship with the Waite Alumni Association to the school.

He also will talk about his plans to increase the school’s emphasis on athletics.

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Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian and Administrator Mike Beazley told council at a meeting on Monday that the city’s phone alert system is an effective tool in informing residents about public emergencies.

“I just wanted to remind people in the community that our Oregon alerts emergency call system is out there and functioning,” said Beazley.

Residents may want to contact the city to make sure their phone numbers are on file for the “Oregon Alerts! program so that the free automated call system can contact them during emergencies.

Residents can sign up for the program at the city’s website at http://www.oregonohio.org/ or call the city to register, he added. By signing up, residents will receive emergency alerts from Oregon and Lucas County in the event of an emergency or tornado warning. A voice or text alert will be sent to the phone numbers on file and/or email addresses.

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Christmas spending

Are spending more, less or the same amount this year for Christmas?
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