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Oregon City Council last Monday approved a 30-year Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement with BP-Husky Refining.

The joint agreement would exempt real property taxation of BP, and allow the city to finance infrastructure projects, including the relocation of Cedar Point Road to the south between Otter Creek and Wynn roads, estimated to cost between $10 million and $20 million, and improvements to the Amolsch-Driftmeyer Ditch, estimated to cost $5 million.

According to the agreement, taxes attributable to increased property values at BP would be set aside in a fund to finance public improvements within the boundaries of the TIF zone. So instead of BP paying taxes on increased property value, the money would go into a fund associated with the TIF that would help pay for the public improvements. There would be development agreements between the city and BP to proceed on the projects.

“The development agreement spells out how Oregon and BP will work together over time on the common projects - what are the things the city needs to do for the broader city interests, and what are the things that are just BP interests,” Administrator Mike Beazley said after the meeting. “And we divide those up and make sure we get it done right.”

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The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities has scheduled a public hearing for Dec. 13 to present a draft of the board’s 2011 action plan.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the board’s office at 235 N. Toussaint South Road, Oak Harbor.

Melinda Slusser, the board’s superintendent, said families and those being served by the board as well as interested members of the community will be allowed to offer their input on the proposed plan.

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Less than a month after being placed on administrative leave, Genoa Police Chief Randy Hill has resigned.

Mayor Mark Williams announced the resignation during village council’s Dec. 6 meeting, according to Eric Hise, a member of council. He declined to comment on the resignation, saying it was a personnel matter.

Garth Reynolds, village administrator, also confirmed the resignation but referred calls to Mayor Williams, who also is the village safety director to whom the chief reports.

An e-mail message and phone message left with the mayor were not returned prior to The Press deadline.

After an executive session of council on Nov. 16, Chief Hill was placed on paid administrative leave.

Hill was hired as the chief of the village police department in October, 2008. Prior to that he was a member of the Perry Township Police Department.

He was being paid an annual salary of $49,200 when he resigned as Genoa’s chief.

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Members of clergy from Lake Township churches recently broke ground
for the first of two houses being built for families displaced by the June
5 tornado. The churches established the Hope Builds fellowship for the
effort, which is relying on heavily on donated materials and labor. The
houses are being built in the Walbridge area. Shown from left are:
Pastor Bob Noble, Calvary Lutheran Church; Pastor Daniel Beaudoin, St.
John’s Lutheran Church; Pastor Bob May, Stony Ridge United Methodist
Church, and Fr. David Cirata, St. Jerome Catholic Church.

 

 

The Lake Township trustees have rejected a request from CSX Transportation for the township to vacate Walbridge Road at a CSX crossing so the rail company can close the crossing to traffic.

After holding a third public hearing Tuesday on the company’s request, the trustees unanimously approved a resolution to deny it and send a letter to Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for CSX, informing the rail company of their decision.

Gilsdorf presented the CSX request to the trustees in October.

CSX had offered the township $10,000 if the trustees agreed to permanently close Walbridge Road at the crossing, which is located between East Broadway and Tracy Road.

The trustees voted on the request after hearing from residents, a member of the union representing CSX employees, and the chief s of the township’s police and fire departments.

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