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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.

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.

Oregon City Council unanimously approved a zoning change following a public hearing for E.S. Wagner, of 840 Patchen Road, for the operation of a concrete crushing facility at 2215 Navarre Avenue.

Lewis J. Wagner, the applicant for the zoning change, requested that the parcel be rezoned from M-1 Light Industrial to M-2 General Industrial.

An E.S. Wagner official said the expansion may mean more jobs.

A public hearing on the matter was held on March 16 by the Oregon Plan Commission, which voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the rezoning application.

The rezoned parcel is located on the north side of Navarre between the city border and I-280, according to Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning.

“E.S. Wagner has a storage and repair yard located on this parcel,” Gilmore said to council. The concrete crushing facility would be located just north of the storage building.

For Holly Gusky, leader of Block Watch 420-C in East Toledo, the approaching summer weather may be looked at as a good and bad thing.

Although winter heating bills will soon disappear, the switch to warm weather also means a possible rise in crime.

“We have a lot of kids walking the streets in the summer,” Gusky said. “We have a lot of gangs, many not from this area, who start fights with each other. The Greenwood and Potter area seems to be neutral territory for them and we see the fighting in the summer.”

Gusky said that her block watch area, which encompasses Woodville Road, Oak Street, Starr Avenue up to Broadway, not only sees upswings in crime during the warmer months, but also during the holidays.

“Crime comes and goes around here,” Gusky said. “In one week, we have had three cars with the windows smashed. At Thanksgiving time, people broke in and stole TV’s. We had a big rash of crime during the holidays even though we are in a low income area.”

Residents in 16 Ottawa County townships and municipalities will decide Tuesday if they want to form a governmental purchasing group to buy electrical power.

Proposals to authorize trustees in 12 townships, council members in three villages, and city council in Port Clinton to enter into electrical aggregation agreements will be on the May 4 ballot.

“What we’re trying to do is get a savings for our residents,” said Wayne Fondessy, a member of Clay Center Village Council.

He said the idea for placing the measures on the ballot came up during the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments winter meeting in Perrysburg.

Ohio law allows communities to form aggregated buying pools on behalf of their residents to purchase natural gas and electrical power.

The proposals in Ottawa County would, if passed, establish “opt-out” aggregation – a program that automatically enrolls local residents unless they individually opt-out of the program.

Townships with the aggregation issue on Tuesday’s ballot include Allen, Bay, Benton, Carroll, Catawba, Clay, Danbury, Erie, Harris, Portage, Put-in-Bay, and Salem; villages include Clay Center, Marblehead, and Rocky Ridge. The City of Port Clinton is also on the ballot