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Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian served as Master of Ceremonies, and
representatives of the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Oregon City Schools District were in attendance at Oregon’s Betty Carstensen Memorial Arbor Day held at Coy School off Pickle Road on April 30.
“There’s really no one in the area who has probably done more for promoting trees and conservation, let alone all the other things she had done,” said Don Charlton, chairperson of the Oregon Tree Commission, which sponsored the event.
On Friday, several ornamental and columnar trees were planted around a European Purple Beech tree, which was planted in the center of the east side traffic circle in front of the school last fall in memory of Betty.
“Generally speaking, I think it’s safe to say that everyone who was there was glad they were able to attend. It was a very positive, heartwarming experience,” said Charlton after the event.
“It was well attended, and we felt it was a very memorable occasion. The European Purple Beech tree and surrounding trees are now highly visible from the school and Pickle Road,” said Charlton.
Mortgage foreclosures have dipped and auto sales have climbed for the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, according to a recent audit by the Lucas County Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas.
The audit showed that mortgage foreclosure case filings in Lucas County dropped by 227 in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of 2009.
Through the first quarter of 2009, there were 1,680 mortgage foreclosure actions filed with the Lucas County Clerk of Courts compared to 1,435 cases filed through the first quarter of this year.
During January, February and March, foreclosure case filings dropped in January, February and March, with March showing the biggest decline in comparison to the same time of 2009.
“This is a significant drop,” said Larry Loutzenhiser, public information officer for J. Bernie Quilter, the Lucas County Clerk of Common Pleas.
“Ohio and Michigan are always slow compared to the rest of the country to recover economically,” he said. “But those numbers indicate we’re moving in the right direction. We hope it will continue.”
Oregon City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance providing for a fee schedule for non-resident participation in city recreation programs.
Oregon students whose parents are employed in the Oregon City Schools District, but who live outside the city, were no longer allowed to participate in the city recreation program after July 31 last year.
Following complaints, the city’s recreation and parks committee came up with a fee schedule that would allow non-residents to participate if council passes an ordinance on the issue Monday.
At a committee of the whole meeting last week, council debated the matter.
Councilman Terry Reeves, chairman of the committee, said the committee, the city recreation advisory board, and city recreation director believe the inclusion of non-resident participation in the Oregon parks and recreation youth and adult sports program enhances the recreation experience for Oregon residents through increased diversity, quantity and quality of competition.
“A fee structure for non-resident participation was developed that covers the recreation department program expenses, including a surcharge in fairness to Oregon residents,” he said.
A $20 million renovation of Waite High School is scheduled to be completed two years before the school celebrates its 100th birthday.
Waite’s portion of the Ohio Schools Facility Commission renovation, part of Toledo Public School’s “Building for Success” program, begins in August this year. Students arriving in the fall of 2012 will welcome new technology, air conditioning, and a return to much of the original architecture.
The school’s original horse-drawn construction was completed in 1914 — the end result of a bond levy supported four years earlier by Toledo voters. Toledo Central H.S., formerly located on Michigan Avenue at the current site of the Toledo-Lucas County Library Main Branch, was being replaced by Jessup Scott H.S. on the west side and Morrison R. Waite H.S. on the east side. The east side school is named after a U.S. Supreme Court chief justice from Toledo.
The original plan for the building called for 158,856 square feet, but a skill center was later added and a 38,222 square foot field house was constructed in 1960.
Genoa Village Council decided Tuesday to ask Ottawa County law enforcement to look into a possible misappropriation of public funds.
Councilmembers voted 5-1 during a special meeting to send the request to Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton and Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, Village Administrator Garth Reynolds confirmed Wednesday.
Councilman John Lewis cast the single “no” vote.
The issue surrounds a clerk-type position at the village hall.
Reynolds, who oversees that position, referred further comment regarding the meeting to council president Dave Adams.
The person currently filling the position was employed through a county placement program in partnership with the Ohio Job and Family Services office, Adams said.
“They paid part of it (the salary) and we paid the other part,” he explained.
Records show the placement was approved for Aug. 25, 2008 until March 1, 2009, Adams said.