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Oregon gets many complaints over One Call Now
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 12 August 2010 14:49

One Call Now, an emergency notification system that the city contracted with last spring, has been annoying some residents with repeated calls.

Mayor Mike Seferian and some members of council have received several calls from residents complaining about the service, which allows the city to notify the public of emergencies or events.

“I was getting a lot of calls,” said Seferian at a council meeting last month. Council members Jerry Peach, Sandy Bihn and Terry Reeves also received several calls from irate residents about repeated calls from the service.

Seferian said he called Mike Scott, of One Call Now, repeatedly to try and get the system fixed.

“He was out of town, and his voice box was full. I think after 67 tries, he realized I’m pretty good at re-dialing. He did call me back then. I told him to get that thing shut off in the next 15 minutes, or we won’t have this program anymore. He said he couldn’t because he was out of town. I said, `You ought to be able to find someone to hit this thing with an axe or something, but shut it off.”’

Someone was finally able to disarm the system.

 
Twp. building razed
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 12 August 2010 15:00

The ink was barely dry on the contract authorizing the demolition of the Lake Township administration building before it was razed.

Crews from Cousino-Harris Co., Perrysburg, tore down the building Wednesday morning after the township trustees approved a contract the day before for the demolition.

The building, located near the intersection of Cummings Road and State Route 795, had been destroyed by the June 5 tornado.

The township’s insurance carrier is to cover the cost of the project set at $36,064, according to Tom Hays, township solicitor.

The trustees also contracted with Cousino-Harris to construct a new restroom facility at Friendship Park for $52,486. The contract includes the cost of demolishing the old restroom, which was also damaged by the tornado.

Costs will be covered by the township’s insurance.

The trustees have set Aug. 24 as the deadline for accepting statements of interest from architectural and engineering firms for designing a new administration building.

 
Urban agriculture proposed for Marina District
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 12 August 2010 14:50

Until the right development deal is found for the Marina District, At-Large Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara wants the site maintained “in a sustainable fashion.”

“We are very optimistic about the future of this project,” McNamara wrote in a memo to Mayor Mike Bell last month. “This beautiful new vista will one day be redeveloped into an amazing new neighborhood in the heart of Toledo. Waiting for the right proposal to present itself is the responsible course for this asset.”

The city, he continued, should explore short-term urban agriculture uses in the Marina District.

Urban agriculture could provide four major benefits to the Marina District:
• a productive use of city property;
• soil improvement;
• erosion prevention;
• beautification of riverfront property.

“We really need to do something to deal with soil erosion issues between the road and the river, and so some sort of short-term agricultural project makes sense. It also helps with beautification, which makes it more attractive should a developer come along to do a traditional development deal,” McNamara told The Press last week.

 
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