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With the completion of several infrastructure projects in Oregon, the fire department will no longer be using its sirens, a relief for residents living near the city’s three fire stations.
The stations - at Bay Shore Road, Wynn and Seaman, and on Wheeling Street near I-280, have not used the sirens in years, said Mayor Mike Seferian.
City council is considering repealing an ordinance passed last year that requires registration of contractors and tradesman doing work in the city.
The purpose of registration, which includes a fee, is to collect income taxes from contractors doing work in the city. Registration would also ensure that contractors are licensed, have insurance and are reliable. A registration list also becomes a standard by which homeowners can decide on who to hire.
Oregon Councilman James Seaman, who is running for Lucas County Recorder, is proposing that the Recorder’s and Auditor’s offices share services as a “one stop shop.”
The shared services arrangement, he said, would help ease the burden of taxpayers.
For new Northwood Fire Chief Joel Whitmore, becoming a firefighter, much less a fire chief, has been a lifelong dream come true.
“It was always something I wanted to do, even as a kid,” Whitmore said. “I just always thought it would be cool to be a fireman. I joined the fire department when I graduated from Northwood High School in 1988.”
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