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Oregon city council approves pay raise for police
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 15:41

Oregon City Council on Monday unanimously approved a re-opener agreement with the Oregon Police Patrolmen’s Association and the Police Command Officers/Fraternal Order of Police for a pay raise.

The re-opener is for wages only for July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

The ratified contracts were in line with contracts for the fire department and AFSCME, said Mayor Mike Seferian.

Law Director Paul Goldberg said it was unusual to reopen a contract mid-term.

“We generally like to negotiate a three year agreement, have everything – the wages and contract language - covered for three years. We set out last year to negotiate a contract with all five of our bargaining units. We did strike a three year contract and contract language with all the units, but due to the nature of the national and local economy, we just didn’t think it was prudent at that time to strike a deal on wages because it wasn’t clear where we were going. It’s still kind of that way,” said Goldberg. “We thought it was actually in the best interests of the city and the employees to wait and see how things developed. This is what we’ve come up with. Council and the administration have been very conscientious and responsible stewards of the public monies. And that’s why we’re in a position to be able to offer pay raises to our employees. When you see many other communities making cuts, furloughs and layoffs, we’re doing none of the above. So with the police officers and command, they chose to do a one year re-opener.”

 
Emergency financing available for storm victims
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 15:40

The state has initiated two emergency financing programs for residents whose businesses, farms, and homes were damaged by tornadoes this month in Ottawa, Wood, Lucas, and Fulton counties.

Renew Ohio and Rebuild Ohio will allocate $20 million through the state treasurer’s linked deposit system to assist those in need by providing lower interest rates on loans.

Rebuild Ohio is designed to assist homeowners applying for construction loans to rebuild their homes. Renew Ohio aims to assist small-business owners, farmers, and homeowners not seeking construction loans.

Genoa Banking Co. is participating in both programs. Huntington National Bank, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, and First Federal Bank of the Midwest are participating in Renew Ohio.

 
Restaurants raise tens of thousands for relief efforts
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 15:39

Last Thursday, restaurants throughout the area were alive with entertainment. There was a reason for that.

Countless restaurants donated 15 percent of total sales on June 10 to the communities hit by the tornados on June 5. Others held their own fundraisers.

Some of the local restaurants participating in the June 10 list provided by Millbury resident Ronda Friesel of SSOE Group were Luckies Barn and Grill in Oregon, JoJo’s Pizza in Walbridge, Moodies Coney Island in Northwood, Burnsey’s in Oregon, and Sonic in Oregon. Yeeha’s in Oregon also planned a similar fundraiser on June 17.

Luckies Barn and Grill raised $3,500 of about $22,000 raised by the restaurants on Friesel’s list. Besides the 15 percent donation, owners Geoff and Melissa Kies entertained guests with two magicians, a dunk tank, and the restaurant held raffles.

Singers Chris Shutters, father and son Frankie and Bobbie May, and John Borile all entertained with live patio jams for free. The affair lasted all day and all night, and the owners said they and employees rarely had a chance to stop and rest.

 
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