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The Press Newspaper

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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.

A specialized docket program to assist those with mental health problems who come before the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court is expected to be in place by July 1.

James VanEerten, court administrator and director of the Ottawa County Mental Health Court Program, said the court has received a $29,000 grant from the Ohio Supreme Court to help fund basic program expenses.

Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters filed with the Supreme Court for its certification of the program.

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