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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider approving a 30-year Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement with BP-Husky Refining.

A TIF agreement with the company would be a way for Oregon to help finance capital improvement projects in the area.

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.

“Instead of BP paying taxes on increased property value, that money would go into a fund associated with a TIF that would help pay for the local share of public improvements,” said Administrator Mike Beazley.

The agreement would require BP to make the school district whole so it would not lose tax revenue, said Beazley.

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Lake board to unveil high school plans
The Lake Board of Education has scheduled a community reception for Dec. 22 to unveil plans for a new high school building.

The reception will start at 6 p.m. and be held in the middle school cafeteria.

Jeff Carpenter, district treasurer, said floor plans, which will include computerized three dimensional images as well as architectural renderings will be presented.

The district is leasing a building on Tracy Road from Owens Community College for high school students.

After lengthy negotiations with the district’s insurance carrier, the school board proceeded with having the former high school building on Lemoyne Road razed.

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The Oregon City School Board at a meeting Nov. 29 eliminated seven teaching positions and closed Wynn Elementary School to cut $2.8 million from the budget.

The most recent round of cuts was made in the wake of the defeat of a 5.9-mill emergency levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The district faces a $2 million deficit for the 2011-2012 school year. The levy would have brought in $3.4 million annually.

In the last three years, the school board has cut $8 million from the operating budget.

The district issued a position statement last summer that outlined plans to reduce the operating budget further by $2 million for the 2011-2012 school year if the levy did not pass. Those cuts included cutting 20 additional teaching and staff positions, eliminating the Career & Tech program, reducing kindergarten from all day every day to all day every other day, increasing athletic participation fees, reducing cleaning services to buildings, eliminating or significantly reducing bus service for all high school students, and implementing a process to close an elementary school and/or reconfigure the district.

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Oregon City Council on Nov. 15 unanimously approved a special use exception for the Oregon City Schools District so it can install wind turbines, despite pleas from bird watchers to delay action so they could study the possible effects of turbines on bird mortality.

Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning, said one turbine will be 286 feet in height, and one will be 279 feet in height

They will be able to withstand winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The school district had requested the special use permit for the parcel, at 5665 Seaman Road, to install the turbines in an R-1 Low Density Residential District.

The Oregon Planning Commission on Oct. 19 voted 3-0 to recommend approval of the special use exception. Before council voted, a public hearing was held that included comments from both supporters and opponents of the zoning change.

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Barney, Northwood’s former crime-fighting K-9 police dog who was cut last year from the budget, only to be reinstated a short time later with donations from a sympathetic public, died from complications of cancer on Nov. 11.

Patrolman Fred Genzman, his ex-handler, was at his side.

In August, the city had announced that Barney, 7 1/2 –years-old, was retiring as the city’s K-9 because he had cancer.

Barney stayed at home with Genzman and his family to live out his remaining days in comfort.

Genzman was told by Barney’s vet that the cancer was very aggressive, though the dog had no symptoms at the time of its diagnosis. Genzman had taken Barney to the vet for a checkup because the German Shepherd and Czechoslovakian Shepherd mix had uncharacteristically started having training issues during his K-9 certification test. Barney had always passed the test, required every two years for certification, with flying colors.

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