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At an Oregon City Council meeting last month, Councilwoman Sandy Bihn asked about the condition of Oregon’s waterlines.

Bihn, who is also executive director of Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Inc., said she had been following the problems that occurred in Flint, Michigan, where high levels of lead were found last year in the drinking water that was drawn from the Flint River.

Flint, which switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River as a drinking water source to cut costs, reconnected last year to the Detroit water system, which draws its water from Lake Huron, after it was determined that the corrosive river water was drawing lead from aging pipes.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved the purchase of a portion of property on Hollydale Avenue and Navarre Avenue as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement project.

The side yard of the property at 2558 Hollydale is being widened for the improvement of a sidewalk, according to Mayor Mike Seferian.

“It’s not a lot of property – just about 20 square feet,” he added.

The city also purchased property from Free Way Service Center, 2665 Navarre Avenue, for a temporary easement.

A vote to change the bylaws to formally establish a panel focused on water-related issues is on the agenda of the 2016 General Assembly of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments set for Jan. 25 in Perrysburg.

After months of studying, TMACOG members last year agreed water issues should be more of a priority for the council of governments’ Environmental Planning Department.

Under the new format, the Water Quality Council becomes the lead committee of the department and makes policy recommendations and will develop a regional agenda for water issues.

The council held its inaugural meeting in November and heard speakers from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

With a levy renewal request headed for the March ballot, members of the Woodmore school board Tuesday organized for 2016 and informally discussed what they see as priorities for the school district.

Members selected incumbent Joe Liszak as the board president and Sam Preston, who was elected to the board in November, as vice president.

Liszak on Wednesday told The Press he would like to see more input from the public and said the board will have to demonstrate “fiscal responsibility and viability” to gain the public’s trust and garner support for the upcoming levy renewal.

The levy, originally approved by voters in May 2011 as an emergency measure, generates about $600,000 annually.

Oregon City Council last month approved the 2016 municipal budget with a General Fund total of $20,843,868.

Income tax revenue this year is projected to be “substantially higher” than the income tax revenue collected last year, according to City Administrator Mike Beazley.

“For 2015, we projected an approximate 3 percent income tax growth over 2014 budgeted revenues. Even with a weak December, we will comfortably exceed the income tax revenue estimate,” said Beazley, adding that it is over $21 million.

“The work scheduled at our major industrial employers and the ongoing construction at Oregon Clean Energy should keep income tax revenue strong through 2017. Due to the unknowns associated with the changes in the tax code, I believe a more conservative estimate is the responsible course of action at this time,” he said.

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