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City plows, while clearing streets of snow in the last couple of weeks, have inadvertently covered fire hydrants, raising concerns in Oregon about the ability of the fire department to find them to fight a possible fire.
 
City Councilman James Seaman said at a meeting last week that he had just cleared snow from his front yard when a city plow sprayed additional snow onto the apron of his driveway and onto a nearby fire hydrant.
 
“It’s a safety concern. We’re having a banner year for snow. In front of my house, I have a fire hydrant. By the time I’m shoveling the apron of my driveway, the plows, which are coming through real nicely, are plowing the snow up. It’s almost like it’s not there anymore,” Seaman said of the hydrant. “I’m sure it’s like that in other parts of the city.”
 
The possibility of the fire department not being able to access or find a hydrant at a time when people are increasingly using auxiliary heaters in their homes as a result of the snow and cold temperatures, said Seaman, is very real.

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A vote by city council to amend the municipal code that would allow for signs with electronic changeable copy will have to wait.
 
The city’s Economic Development and Planning Committee has been discussing the proposed changes since last month, but wants to fine tune the measure before sending it to council.
 
“It’s something the committee has talked about twice,” said Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian. The committee will meet next Monday at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. council meeting, to further discuss the changes, he added.
 
“There are some points in which we have reached some consensus,” Councilman Jerry Peach, chairman of the Economic Development and Planning Committee, said. “We committee members are well aware that not all members of council are there. There’s a couple of other things that are still under consideration.”

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Nearly 200 people made their way into Morrison R. Waite High School’s cafeteria to listen to Toledo Public School officials present its “Transformation Plan” last week.
 
The plan could mean redistricting students, closing schools, eliminating specialized teachers in art, music, and physical education, and creating specialized high schools.
 
The plan does not eliminate specialized classes. Instead, students would be taught those subjects by non-specialized teachers.
 
Walking into the cafeteria, a guest was approached by a coalition of art teachers with a pamphlet headlined, “Why do the kids need art?” and “Why do kids need art teachers?”

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The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on where the state’s public trust authority begins and ends along the Lake Erie shoreline.

In 2009, the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled property lines change with the water level and that land beneath the water is open to the public and land above the waterlines belongs to lakefront property owners.

The appeals court wrote that by setting the boundary at the water’s edge it was recognizing the private property rights of the landowners and also providing for the public use of Lake Erie and the land under the waters when submerged.

“The water’s edge provides a readily discernible boundary for the both the public and littoral landowners,” the appeals court ruled.

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Last year, Northwood struggled with reduced revenue that sparked lay-offs and other budget tightening measures, to improve its financial condition. It also put a proposed income tax rate increase on the ballot, which was defeated by voters.

By the end of the year, the city had collected revenue that was approximately $500,000 more than the previous year, thanks to the austere budget cuts.

As the area continues to reel from the economic recession, the city is hoping to change course with a plan that sets goals for the future.

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