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Oregon City Council on Monday approved the purchase of three city vehicles from Mathews Ford.

The city bought from Mathews two 2015 Ford F150 extended cab trucks for the city’s Building and Zoning Department for $55,876, and a 2015 Ford F150 extended cab truck for the Department of Public Service for $27,938.

Mathews Ford provided a quote that was $3,826.50 lower than the U.S. General Services Administration purchase program of $31,764.50 for each vehicle purchased for the Building and Zoning Department, according to James Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning. The vehicles will replace two 2008 Chevy Colorado pick-up trucks that will be offered to other city departments, on the city’s auction site or traded in, according to Gilmore. Funds to pay for the vehicles were included in the city’s 2015 budget.

“Mathews beat the state bid price,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “It was something we had foreseen in the budget.”

Whether or not the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Eastwood school board have legal standing in the case is one of the first issues being addressed in the suit filed in April.

Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Alan Mayberry is expected to rule soon on the matter, Andrew Mayle, attorney for Victor and Eileen Schuerman and Karl Offerman, all of Pemberville, said last week.

The residents are challenging a decision by the school board to proceed with a construction agreement for a new elementary school building on the district’s main campus. The board entered into an agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission in March to fund construction costs - with Eastwood obligated to provide about $12.5 million and the OSFC to pay about $7 million.

The OSFC is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, which asks for an injunction to stop the project, contending the agreement circumvents state law.

The purchase of a refinery near New Orleans, Louisiana will diversify PBF Energy’s asset base geographically and increase total capacity to more than 725,000 barrels per day, an executive with the company said last week.

PBF is the parent company of refineries in Toledo (formerly Sun Oil), Delaware City, Delaware, and Paulsboro, New Jersey.

The company has announced it reached an agreement to purchase the Chalmette Refining, LLC, including the refinery with a 189,000-barrel per day capacity and other assets from ExxonMobil and PDV Chalmette, LLC.

The purchase price is $322 million plus working capital such as inventory to be valued at closing.

“The acquisition of the Chalmette Refinery, and its associated logistics assets, represents a significant step in the strategic growth of PBF Energy and PBF Logistics,” said Tom Nimbley, Chief Executive Officer of PBF Energy. “Upon completion, we will have increased our refining capacity by 35 percent and added meaningful Gulf Coast assets to our businesses. We will have operations in the Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent (Toledo) and East Coast and have diversified and increased our commercial footprint and flexibility.

The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association will be conducting a risk analysis and fire station study for the Oregon Fire and Rescue Department.

Oregon council at a meeting on June 22 approved a $16,000 contract with the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, of Worthington, Ohio, to do the analysis and study. The Association helps fire and EMS agencies in the state find solutions to problems and helps improve local service delivery.

The fire department is requesting the study of the fire and EMS delivery system to provide a detailed analysis of current department performance and determine long-range needs regarding fire station location and resource deployment.

The city is facing an increasing demand for services and anticipating the need to replace an aging facility and apparatus.

The areas of the study will include:

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has received a grant to study the feasibility of establishing an emergency water connection link to service customers in the event of a consumption ban like that issued by the City of Toledo last August.

The grant for $50,000 was issued through the Local Government Innovation Program of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

During the ban, district personnel discussed how to construct an emergency link from the City of Perrysburg’s water system, which receives water from Toledo, to the Bowling Green system.

The district purchases Toledo water for its customers in the northwest portion of Wood County – with most of those customers located west of I-280. Most of the customers to the east receive water from the City of Oregon, which, like Bowling Green, wasn’t affected by Toledo’s water advisory.


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