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Oregon City Council earlier this month authorized the mayor and finance director to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to create a building improvement project designed to save energy and improve the environmental performance of city owned buildings.
The matter was discussed at a Drainage, Roads, Buildings, and Lands Committee meeting just before the council meeting on March 14.
Administrator Mike Beazley said the agreement “is an essential step for the city to get a better handle on the energy costs and consumption issues with our own buildings.”
Oregon City Council at a meeting on March 14 voted to increase the speed limit on Otter Creek Road to 45 mph from 35 mph.
“Raising the speed limit also raises the level of safety,” said Councilman James Seaman. “That’s something different than what most people think because of the way the road is wide open and so well paved. People have a tendency to go faster than the 35 mph speed limit. I think this will move towards a safer environment for our drivers in Oregon.”
The road was reconstructed with new asphalt last year as part of an upgrade to the existing deteriorating concrete pavement.
While you were shoveling snow from your driveway and dreaming of Florida or the Caribbean Islands, Evie Wakulenko was mushing through the middle of Alaska through white-outs and sub-zero temperatures.
And she was enjoying herself.
Wakulenko, a graduate of Genoa High School and Bowling Green State University, completed the Serum Run, which commemorates the efforts of sled-dog teams in 1925 that relayed diphtheria serum to residents of Nome, Alaska.
This year’s start in Nenana, Alaska began Feb. 20 and Wakulenko arrived in Nome – a distance of about 800 miles – on March 14.
“We were late four days due to weather in the beginning and a snow machine that wouldn’t start at 35 below in Tanana. The mushers really depend on the snowmachiners to haul the heavy gear between villages so we need them all,” she said.
After voters strongly supported a 1.1-mill levy last November for the Harris-Elmore Public Library, Georgiana Huizenga, the library director, expressed her gratitude for their support.
It was the first time in the library’s history it had gone to voters for local millage and cuts in state funding had forced the library to enact reductions in service.
“I am very proud of the communities of Elmore and Genoa coming together to pass the first ever library levy,” she said at the time. “Two communities: one library system. We are very grateful to all of our supporters and to the levy committee that worked so hard. We are very excited that we will be better able to serve our patrons.”
In a lingering recession, Oregon is not in a hurry to fill several positions in the police and streets departments left vacant by retirements.
Administrator Mike Beazley said he and Mayor Mike Seferian are looking at ways to maintain city services with fewer people as the city deals with reduced revenue this year.
“It’s come to my attention there’s been a number of retirements lately,” Beazley said to council at a meeting earlier this month. “As we look at our revenues and we discuss this year’s budget, we’ve been on a go slow mode on filling vacancies. We do want to make sure we continue to meet essential service needs looking at both police and streets. I’ve been talking with the mayor and obviously looking at issues associated with those vacancies to make sure we can maintain the service level that our citizens expect within the revenue that we’re actually getting. We wouldn’t contemplate filling all the vacancies, but we’re going to look at making sure we continue to fill our shifts appropriately.”
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