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Oregon - Council looks at sidewalk, street improvements
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 10 June 2010 15:16

Oregon City Council will consider submitting an application to the Ohio Department of Development for a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for sidewalk and street improvements.

City Council at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday agreed to place the resolution on the following Monday’s council meeting agenda.

The funds would be used to complete the third phase of improvements within the Pickle Road area. Paving replacement on Pickle Road would connect improvements made through the Wheeling Street widening project and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Pickle Road overpass project.

The funds would also be used for sidewalk improvements on Munding and Isaac streets. The improvements would provide a continuous pedestrian route, connecting improvements made through the Wheeling Street widening project and the fiscal year 2009 CDBG Pickle Road Phase 2 sidewalk project.

Council member Sandy Bihn said she has received an increasing number of inquiries from the public regarding safety issues from a lack of sidewalks from Coy Road to the area near Wal-Mart on State Route 2.

 
Oregon plans on smoke tests to reduce flooding
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 10 June 2010 15:18

Oregon council will consider awarding a contract on Monday to a firm to conduct smoke testing in the sanitary sewer system to find the causes of flooding that have occurred in parts of the city following heavy rainfall in the last few years.

“Over the past few years, we’ve had issues with wet weather, and storm water getting into the sanitary sewer system,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman. “One of the tools to find out where the storm water sources come from is smoke testing. It is just a matter of blowing a lot of smoke into the sanitary, and walking into a neighborhood, looking to see where exactly the smoke comes out.”

The city has been vigorously addressing flooding problems after heavy rain, including the installation of temporary flow meters at five locations in the sanitary sewer system to reduce or eliminate excessive storm water from getting into the wastewater collection system. Flow monitoring, video detection and smoke testing help identify Inflow and Infiltration (I&I).

Data collected from the meters showed that a lot of I&I throughout the older sections of the city in the Wheeling Street district is a significant source of direct storm inflow into the sanitary sewer.

 
Genoa hires a solicitor
Written by Cynthia L. Jacoby   
Thursday, 10 June 2010 14:54

Genoa Village Council voted unanimously Monday to hire a new solicitor.

Northwood attorney Brian Ballenger was given a two-year contract at $130 an hour, with hours determined on an as-needed basis, said fiscal officer Charles Brinkman.

Ballenger, who has been an attorney for 25 years, operates a private practice and does work currently with the Village of Walbridge and City of Northwood.

He replaces Cindy Smith who resigned in March after more than two decades of service with the Genoa administration.

Council put him to work immediately, asking him to review several pending ordinances as well as  the hiring procedure of a part-time clerk.

The clerk issue surfaced earlier this year when councilman Eric Hise questioned the legality of the hiring which had not been approved by council.

The Ottawa County sheriff and prosecutor both reviewed the possible misuse of funds complaint.  They had been consulted because the village did not have a solicitor on the payroll.

Neither believed a crime had been committed regarding the hiring, officials said.

 
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