The Press Newspaper
Oregon City Council on Monday will consider accepting the lowest and best bids from three contractors for the 2015 road program.
Mayor Mike Seferian said at a committee of the whole meeting last week that the city will spend $1.8 million in its road program this year. Last year, the city spent $1 million to repair roads.
“I think all of us take pride in the fact that this year will probably be one of the biggest road programs we’ve ever experienced,” said Seferian.
When putting together this year’s budget, Seferian said there was some discussion about spending up to $2 million for this year’s road program.
“We spoke of possibly spending $1 million with an additional $1 million when we talked about the road program in the budget. We’re very close to the $2 million figure. Before it’s all said and done, with some possible change orders, we may even exceed that,” he said.
The first reading of an ordinance to vacate an alley between the Walbridge branch library and Memorial Park has been heard by village council.
Vacating the 16.5-foot-wide alley is a preliminary step for enabling the local branch of the Wood County library to expand. The village also owns a vacant parcel between the park and alley.
Mayor Ed Kolanko Thursday said he feels “very positive” about the library branch, located at 108 N. Main, growing in the village.
“Obviously there is a process to follow with vacating the alley and/or donating the property to the library,” he said. “We’ll fully go through the ordinances with three readings so anyone with questions will have time to come forward.”
Once the alley is vacated, the village would own the north half and the library would own the south half, according to the ordinance.
Register now on the CMP website for a spot to shoot at the 2015 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches. These popular and historical matches will once again be fired at Camp Perry, Ohio, six miles west of Port Clinton, during the month of July.
The schedule of this year’s Matches will be the same as the 2014 National Matches, featuring a variety of events such as the John C. Garand, President’s Rifle, Hearst Doubles, Vintage Sniper, as well as a multitude of prestigious pistol events. Come take part in and witness the most anticipated time of the year at Camp Perry!
On top of competitive opportunities, a Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) will also be held for rifle and pistol enthusiasts, where participants will be instructed by some of the top military shooters in the country on firearm safety and competition technique. The SAFS courses have been a staple in the National Matches at Camp Perry since 1918.
Many other clinics and learning opportunities, taught by qualified professionals, will also be available throughout the National Matches. Whether an experienced shooter or firing a shot for the first time, those wanting to enhance their rifle or pistol abilities can register for a number of clinics conducted during the Matches.
The village of Elmore is abuzz with residents talking about the Elmore Historical Society’s plans for the 36th annual Portage River Festival which will be held Sunday, June 28 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Depot Park in Elmore. The festival is being co-sponsored by Materion.
This year’s festival will include new family oriented festival/carnival-type atmosphere, complete with a bounce house, dunk tank (with a now-secret list of area celebrities), ring-the-bell-strongman game and a number of games for kids of all ages. There will also be face painting and balloon animals.
The day will begin at 7 a.m. with the registration and start of the Portage River Bicycle Tour at Woodmore High School. This will be the 40th anniversary of the tour, which has been a part of the festival since its inception in 1980. Another new addition will be the first-ever Portage River Festival Corn Hole Tournament at 1 p.m. Cost to enter is $5 per team, with half of the entry fees going back to the winning team as the grand prize. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the many exhibitions being held at the Log Cabin from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. They will get to enjoy historical toys and games, see old fashioned rug beating and mattress stuffing, and sample Dutch oven apple crisp.
Oregon Police Chief Mike Navarre is seeking approval from council to purchase and install a new tornado warning siren as a safety precaution for residents who cannot hear the current sirens that sound off when severe weather is in the area.
Navarre asked council last week to approve the $24,865.40 bid of Federal Signal Corporation, Federal Warning Systems, of Chicago, to provide the city with the warning siren. City council on Monday will consider approving the request.
The city in November 2013 had five sirens, but some residents had complained they were unable to hear them when a tornado tore through the city, uprooting trees and causing property damage.
The Lucas County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in 2014 applied and was approved for a federal grant to fund the installation of additional warning sirens throughout the county. As part of the grant, Oregon agreed to provide a local match of $11,500 per siren for a total of four new sirens at a cost of $46,000.
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