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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance to allow Mayor Mike Seferian to submit an application for a $468,113 Transportation Enhancement Grant to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) to help fund the Navarre Avenue Beautification Project.
The grant would help the city enhance Navarre Avenue from the CSX railroad to Coy Road.
The city will commit $117,028, or 20 percent toward the $585,141 project.
The project consists of replacing the existing unsightly gravel shoulders on Navarre Avenue just west of the I-280 exit ramp to the CSX railroad with bioswales, a five-foot wide paved shoulder, a permeable concrete strip, and a five- foot wide sidewalk, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
The project will also include landscape lighting and decorative stone for the green space at the I-280 exit ramp. Decorative street lighting will be added to the existing pedestals on the north side of Navarre Avenue between Wheeling Street and Coy Road.
Wouldn’t you like to be a lighthouse keeper, if only for a few days?
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Society plans to have that opportunity available once a $1.5-2 million renovation project is complete.
“Once it’s restored, we’re hoping in two to three years, people will be able to stay out there three to four days a week,” THLS President Sandy Bihn said. “It would be about four people, two pairs in each room that obviously know each other and apply together.
“They would pay some amount to stay there. They would be the keepers at the lighthouse so that when boaters and the school children will hopefully come out and tour it, it will be manned from spring until fall. So it will be a long period of time. We are giving priority to becoming a keeper to members, so the longer you’ve been a member, you get first and then second and whatever. A lot of people are enthused about the project and we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback.”
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is located about five miles north of Maumee Bay State Park's shores. The lighthouse marks the entrance to the Toledo shipping channel where Lake Erie and Maumee Bay meet. Boaters are generally destined for the Maumee River.
Lake board to unveil high school plans
The reception will start at 6 p.m. and be held in the middle school cafeteria.
Jeff Carpenter, district treasurer, said floor plans, which will include computerized three dimensional images as well as architectural renderings will be presented.
The district is leasing a building on Tracy Road from Owens Community College for high school students.
After lengthy negotiations with the district’s insurance carrier, the school board proceeded with having the former high school building on Lemoyne Road razed.
The Oregon City School Board at a meeting Nov. 29 eliminated seven teaching positions and closed Wynn Elementary School to cut $2.8 million from the budget.
The most recent round of cuts was made in the wake of the defeat of a 5.9-mill emergency levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The district faces a $2 million deficit for the 2011-2012 school year. The levy would have brought in $3.4 million annually.
In the last three years, the school board has cut $8 million from the operating budget.
The district issued a position statement last summer that outlined plans to reduce the operating budget further by $2 million for the 2011-2012 school year if the levy did not pass. Those cuts included cutting 20 additional teaching and staff positions, eliminating the Career & Tech program, reducing kindergarten from all day every day to all day every other day, increasing athletic participation fees, reducing cleaning services to buildings, eliminating or significantly reducing bus service for all high school students, and implementing a process to close an elementary school and/or reconfigure the district.
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