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Oregon City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar at a special school board meeting Nov. 4 rallied supporters of the 5.9-mill emergency levy, which was defeated on Nov. 2, and urged them to remain united to resolve a $2 million budget deficit expected in the next school year.
“We had tremendous support from the board of education, from our teaching staff, classified support staff, administrative team, and the community,” said Zalar. “I think we set new standards in terms of the amount of money that we raised to run that campaign, the number of volunteers who contributed their time. I’ve heard from many, many people about the amount of information that was published. I don’t think anybody can say they weren’t aware we were on the ballot, they weren’t aware of what the issues were.”
Voters on Nov. 2 rejected the levy for the second time since 2009 by a vote of 3,605 to 1,119.
The school board has cut nearly $8 million from the budget in the last few years as a result of House Bill 66, which phased out tangible personal property taxes for businesses and created budgetary shortfalls for several school districts.
Parents of students attending Rocky Ridge Elementary School are watching various scenarios they claim could be implemented by the Benton-Carroll-Salem school board next year to reduce costs or raise revenues.
Help for homeowners to battle ash borer
The removal program, which the commission is administering for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, is designed to assist homeowners in the fight to limit damage caused by the Emerald Ash Borer.
The program provides funds for removing one ash tree per property with additional removals allowed through matching grants. The program provides for 65 percent of the removal costs for households at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines or half of the cost for households above the level.
WSOS has distributed application information to area local governments.
Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian is urging the public to use caution at the Coy Road and Starr Avenue intersection due to a new bike lane configuration that is uncommon in the city.
The intersection was recently widened to accommodate dedicated left turn lanes on all approaches, a dedicated right turn lane for eastbound Starr Avenue, and a dedicated through lane for the eastbound Starr Avenue bike lane.
The eastbound approach to the Starr Avenue intersection was designed with a dedicated right turn lane as a result of the high volume of right turn movement to southbound Coy Road. The dedicated right turn lane is located to the right of the dedicated bike lane as required by the Ohio Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
At the intersection, for eastbound traffic, bicyclists in the bike lane heading straight through Coy Road, and motorists turning right to southbound Coy Road, cross paths.
The bike lane configuration, more common in other communities with bike lanes, is new to Oregon.
Det. Mick Lento, of the Lake Township Police Department, has some straight forward advice for township residents: lock the doors of your garages and other residential buildings as well as your vehicles.
The township has been hit by a string of burglaries in recent weeks as thieves focus on garages, barns, and other out-buildings.
Det. Lento said a majority of the buildings involved in the burglaries had been left unlocked.
“We’re getting hit pretty hard,” he said. “We want to get the word out to the residents to secure their homes and buildings.”
Four of the residences hit were on or near Owens Road.
Hand and power tools, generators, and other equipment are being targeted although one resident had venison and fish taken from a freezer.