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With the defeat of a 5.9-mill emergency operating levy for the Oregon City Schools district, the school board plans to make further cuts to avoid a looming budget deficit in 2012.

The levy, which would have brought in $3.4 million annually, was defeated last Tuesday by a vote of 5,603 to 3,907, according to unofficial results from the Toledo Lucas County Board of Elections.

The levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $182 annually.

It is the second time voters rejected a levy in the district since 2009. In August, 2009, voters defeated the same measure 3,605 to 1,119.

The school board had pinned its hopes on the levy passing this time because it made more cuts in the operating budget in the last year. In total, the board has cut $8 million from the budget in the last three years, including 32 teaching positions.

The district also negotiated concessions with both classified and certified teachers’ unions.

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After reviewing the budget needs of the county’s departments, the Wood County Commissioners have decided to ask the county’s budget commission to forgo collecting millage for 2011 on a levy that funds the Child and Protective Services program.

Tim Brown, a county commissioner, said tax revenue projections indicate there are sufficient revenues to carry the Job and Family Services Department through 2011 without collecting the tax from property owners next year.

About $3.98 million would be generated next year by the levy.

“At a time when so many families have cut back at home, we feel that an actual tax cut will be helpful to many of our citizens,” he said. “We will make the formal request of the budget commission for their consideration within the next two weeks.”

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In a flash the dog covers 25 yards or so and knocks the fleeing man to the ground, sinking his teeth into the upper sleeve of the man’s coat.

LakeK9unit
Officer Kelly Clark with Bruno, and Officer Scott Simms
with Alex.  Both dogs are Belgian Malihois. (Press photo
by Ken Grosjean)

Seeing the dog leaping onto the man’s back, several in the crowd gasp, amazed at the rapidity of the attack and how quickly the man is on the ground.

Fortunately for the man he’s wearing a bite suit designed for just such an attack.

K-9 units from law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio were in Lake Township last week for three days of training and certification sessions capped off by a demonstration for the public at Friendship Park.

Brian Woods, a retired K-9 officer with the Fremont Police Department and master trainer, surprised the crowd himself with some facts about the dogs.

Although their capabilities make them an asset to law enforcement, the dogs aren’t necessarily the smartest breeds, he said, noting the Belgian Malinois in particular isn’t known for its intelligence.

“We want them dumb,” he said. “If not, they would do what they want to do.”

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Clay High School is closer to getting commercial wind turbines erected on campus now that the Oregon Planning Commission recommended granting the school district a special use permit to install two wind generators.

The Planning Commission on Oct. 19 voted 3-0 in favor of recommending the special use permit. The project now goes before Oregon City Council and the school board for approval.

City council will hold a public hearing on the matter on Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. The school board is expected to vote on the project at its Nov. 4 meeting.

The high school campus is located on the north side of Seaman Road, west of Stadium Road. One of the turbines will be located near the football stadium and one near the practice soccer field. Both will be over 250 feet in height.

The district plans to use wind generated energy to power the entire campus, including the high school, stadium, bus garage and administration building.

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Parked cars, sheds, and barns were targeted by thieves in a recent rash of break-ins in Lake Township, with several of the thefts occurring in the area of East Broadway.

• A welder, chain saw, and power tools were reported stolen Oct. 22 from a residence in the 6000 block of Keller Road.

• A miter saw, radiator, and copper cable were reported stolen Oct. 22 from a barn in the 27000 block of East Broadway.

• A wallet containing cash and credit cards was reported stolen Oct. 25 from a vehicle parked in the 28000 block of East Broadway.

• A radiator and extension cords were reported stolen Oct. 25 from a barn at an East Broadway residence.

• On Oct. 25, a resident of Clover Lane reported the theft of speakers and an amplifier, tools and toolbox, an IPod, and GPS unit from a vehicle.

• Cash was reported stolen Oct. 25 from a vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Plumey Road.
 

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