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Pay raises of 2 percent for non-union employees of Lake Township were approved by the board of trustees during their final meeting of 2010.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board, said the increase is in line with raises given earlier to officers in the police department who are unionized.

The officers are in the second year of a three-year contract, she said.

The trustees also extended the contract for another year with Mark Hummer, the trustees’ administrative assistant. He will be paid $1,000 a month – an increase from $800 monthly.

He is also the township’s police chief.

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Over the past several years the Toledo Public Schools have suffered many financial setbacks and still find the system struggling to keep up with the economy. There are many urban schools that are facing issues much like the TPS schools around the country. The once proud Toledo City Athletic League is now facing a challenge that may be its biggest ever.

Last year the TPS system eliminated middle school, freshman, and some high school sports with low participation. That was a big blow to the remaining high school sports. The biggest blow is the imploding of the TCL when seven schools left to form a new conference, the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. That now leaves six TPS schools, after Libbey closed this past season, for next season to be in the TCL and they include — Bowsher, Rogers, Scott, Start, Waite, and Woodward. I will admit all of this does not look good and listening to the present Commissioner of the TCL he doesn’t see much hope for the future. He doesn’t seem to want to fix the problems either.

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Oregon may be revising part of the city’s sign code to allow electronic changeable copy for businesses.

Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian said at a recent council meeting that he’s received many requests from businesses seeking changes in the sign code dealing with changeable copy.

“The trend nowadays is that signs are LED enhanced, or lit with LED lights,” said Seferian. “We want a starting point to get this into action, so we would actually look forward to seeing council put this into committee so it could be discussed thoroughly so people could be comfortable with the final product. But we do think it’s something needed for our sign code because it seems to be a little antiquated without it.”

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has found a third site in Toledo where someone illegally dumped asbestos.

On December 14, the OEPA announced it was seeking information to help nab those responsible for dumping 60 bags of regulated asbestos waste in two Toledo neighborhoods. Thirty-seven bags were dumped at a vacant house in LaGrange Street in North Toledo, and 23 bags were left in an alley near a garage on St. Louis Street in East Toledo. Combined, there was approximately 100 cubic feet of asbestos.

Last week, Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA, said a third site was recently discovered on Champlain Street in Toledo.

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The Oregon City School District’s decision to close Wynn Elementary School next year, and eliminate busing for high school students is firm, according to Superintendent Mike Zalar.

“The decision has been made,” said Zalar. “We’re trying to get information out to parents regarding what the changes are going to mean for the next semester. We’re trying to have the minimal impact on teaching and learning in the classroom. There’s no direct impact on the classroom with the elimination of busing for high school students and closing an elementary building.”

Some parents have raised concerns about the cuts since Nov. 29, when the board eliminated seven teaching positions, announced the closure of Wynn, which has an enrollment of 287 students, and eliminated busing for high school students to cut $2.8 million from the budget.

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