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Oregon is looking at changing the capitalization or “all caps” of its council agenda to make it easier for the public to read and understand.
“It’s a housekeeping measure that the mayor and I have been talking about,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley. “I just want to float an idea out there. We use the all caps system for our ordinance titles now.”
Current research in the field notes that all caps are less likely to be read in a document, he said.
“An Indiana law blog heading “All caps are all wrong,” and another well known published article in the field called “Hiding in Plain Sight,” notes the problems with all caps, said Beazley.
“When you put something in all caps, people are less likely to read it, less likely to understand it. Most spell checks on computers don’t even check words that are in all caps, so you end up with more spelling errors. The things you put in all caps are less likely to be read than anything else in your document,” he said.
Beazley’s sister, a law professor at Ohio State, published an article that “got a lot of attention in the appellet courts,” he said.
“Most courts are going through the process of changing these rules now to make life easier and to make documents clearer,” he said.
State Rep. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) saw an opportunity when a new commissioner took the helm of Major League Baseball.
Couple that with a new legislature in the Ohio statehouse, and its ammunition enough to make some noise to MLB about Pete Rose’s lifetime ban from the sport he loved so much.
In 1989, Rose, now 74, had voluntarily agreed to a lifetime ban from MLB because he gambled on baseball games, but he always insisted that he never bet to lose.
Peter Edward "Pete" Rose, who spent most of his career with the Cincinnati Reds, is the all-time leader in hits, at bats, and games played, and he is the only Major Leaguer to play more than 500 games at five different positions.
His name is as well known as anyone enshrined in MLB’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., so the Ohio House District 46 state rep believes it’s time to get Rose the accolades he deserves.
“I listened to sportswriter Frank DeFord a couple years ago on the radio and then I read an article about it, and he was pushing for it and I said, ‘Hey, that makes a lot of sense,’” Sheehy said.
Oregon Councilman James Seaman on Monday raised questions about blocked traffic from trains at the intersections of Pickle Road and Wheeling Street and Pickle Road and Woodville Road, where the city installed a railroad crossing notification system in 2003.
The system of flashing blue lights notify motorists of a blocked CSX crossing on Pickle Road and provides them with the opportunity to select an alternate route before reaching the tracks.
Seaman said he’s received several complaints from residents living in the area that the trains are frequently blocking the crossings.
“The blue lights work fine letting you know that there’s a train there,” said Seaman. “But they’re on all the time. I think the railroad figures that because there’s an adequate visual warning sign, they can just constantly have it tied up. That cut-through down Pickle Road, from Wheeling to Woodville, is constantly blue lighted. Or when you’re coming from Woodville up the other way, there’s a blue light on all the time.”
He noted that a judge a few weeks ago fined one of the railroad companies for excessive blockages.
“I don’t know what we can do about it. The [notification] system works good. It is a nice thing to have,” said Seaman. “There’s nothing wrong with it. But the railroads are abusing the situation because they think because we know they are there, they can abuse it whenever they want on the Woodville /Pickle roads crossing. I guess it’s an age old problem with the railroads taking up too much of our time on the crossings, but it’s getting bad. I’m telling you. People have been asking me about it. I don’t know what our response can be.”
St. Jerome Catholic Church in Walbridge will undergo a $1.3 million renovation project that will include structural necessities such as roof replacement, plumbing improvements, electrical updates, paint and carpeting as well as items important to the sacred celebrations of the church.
Parishioners and supporters of St. Jerome have raised $1.25 million for the project to date.
The architectural firm Munger and Munger created plans for the renovation that were unveiled to the parish just before Christmas. The plans involve the creation of two new wings; the relocation of offices; additional seating and handicap accessibility; new insulation; upgraded heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and more energy efficient systems. The renovation is set to begin May 11.
“These structural necessities must be addressed in order to preserve what our parish has worked so hard to achieve over the past 50 years,” said St. Jerome’s pastoral council president, Tony Mass. “Our steering committee has looked at all the options for the land and buildings of St. Jerome. This plan will best utilize the existing parish amenities while creating a vision for a successful future, which includes a beautiful and functional worship space that our parishioners so richly deserve.”
The Ohio Township Association is asking its membership to contact state legislators and ask them to continue reimbursing townships for revenues lost from the phase-out of tangible personal property taxes.
Because townships are heavily reliant on the property tax, “this phase-out will more drastically impact townships than other forms of local government,” the OTA says in an advisory to its members. “We are asking the General Assembly to continue to reimburse township levies at the current rate, or in other words, continue to hold townships harmless.”
The association estimates it will cost the state $27.6 million to continue the reimbursements.
After passing in the House of Representatives, the proposed state operating budget bill for 2016-2017 has been referred to the Senate finance committee.
The bill includes language that would phase out reimbursements for lost revenues that came from taxes levied on tangible personal property and public utilities. Those taxes were phased out as part of the state’s tax reform package enacted about 10 years ago.
About 400 townships are still receiving the reimbursements, according to the OTA.
Using figures from the Ohio Department of Taxation, the OTA estimates Lake Township would receive $102,308 in tangible personal property reimbursement in fiscal year 2016 and $48,642 in fiscal 2017.
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