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Some on Oregon City Council at a meeting on July 23 said they were disappointed that some areas of the city were unkempt and needed improvements.

“I’m a little disappointed at the corner of Navarre Avenue and Wheeling Street, right across from St. Charles Hospital,” Councilman Mike Sheehy said of the city owned property. The city in the past improved the small area with a mound and plantings, but it has not been kept up. “I think we can do much better. We do have water there.”

Demolition of more than 20 blighted or abandoned homes is expected to be underway in the next 18 months in Ottawa County thanks to a collaborative effort with the state attorney general’s office.

“It will be exciting. I think it will make such a difference for the community,” said Stephanie Lowe, director of the Ottawa County Housing Board.

The Oregon City Schools District, according to an updated five year forecast, shows its expenses will soon exceed its revenues.

District Treasurer Jane Fruth, at a public information meeting on July 25, called the forecast “a snapshot” of projections of the school district’s revenue and expenses in the next five years based on the current budget.

Lake Schools Superintendent Jim Witt compares the newly constructed high school building to a “Chevy or Buick.”

Witt explains that he would rather have a functional building designed to serve a purpose over an “over-the-top Mercedes-Benz.”

After two years of attending classes in a leased facility of about 53,000-square-feet on Tracy Road, Lake High School students will – in about two weeks – be walking the halls of an energy-efficient school nearly triple that size.

Lake administrators and school board members opened the new building for tours to the news media Wednesday and to the public on Sunday (Aug. 5).

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