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A 2.5 percent pay raise that is retro-active to January is included in a new contract agreement between the Lake Township trustees and nine employees.

After going into executive session for about 90 minutes Tuesday, the trustees emerged to announce they agreed to a three-year contract with the employees who earlier this year sought union representation with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 245.

Trustees Melanie Bowen and Jeff Pettit approved the agreement while Richard Welling abstained, saying he’d been advised to do so by officials of the Teamsters Union of which he is a member as an employee of United Parcel Service.

The contract calls for annual pay raises but also for the employee share of health insurance contributions to increase from 12 to 14 percent the first two years and to 15 percent in the third year.

For a vacated building the former Woodmore Elementary School has been a hotbed of activity of late.

On Monday nights it’s been the scene of fires, explosions, gas leaks and other tragic events requiring the response of fire and emergency medical service crews from area departments.

And the longer the building sits vacant the better, says Jim Wilburn, the chief of the Harris-Elmore Fire Department, who’s been organizing the training exercises at the building.

“We’ve been training there every Monday night for six or seven weeks,” he said. “We plan on continuing training there until they tear it down.”

Oregon City Council last month approved an agreement with Smartbill Ltd., of Hebron, Ohio, to provide third party billing services to improve the printing and mailing of city water and sewer bills.

The service will provide electronic billing for customers upon request, provide paper billing in envelopes compared to the current postcard format, and improve access to accounts online, among other benefits.

It will also improve the use of city time for other tasks by the Utility Billing Department.

Over the past several years, many water and sewer customers have requested more up to date billing services, such as online account viewing, electronic billing, and more utility information. In addition, the post office has wanted the utility department to discontinue the postcard size water bills for some time due to problems they cause.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking on the icon on the upper right.


Happy Thanksgiving All . . . from Hinesville, GA, about 40 miles SW of Savannah -
I rode today . . . on Thanksgiving . . . from Savannah to Hinesville, GA. It was only about 40 miles. I say “only” because it was an easy 40 miles thanks to a steady and faithful tail wind which allowed me to clip along at 17, 18, 19, even 22 mph. My thanks to Mr. Tom Turkey who I’m certain sent it my way--definitely a blessing to be thankful for.

Kroger will be adding 21,840 square feet to its store on Navarre Avenue. The addition will increase the total space of the building to 96,095 square feet when the project is completed.

“They’re revamping the whole store,” said James Gilmore, Oregon’s building and zoning commissioner. A few businesses located next to Kroger in the strip mall, including a Laundromat, have already been demolished to make way for the expansion. Mounds of dirt currently at the site are remnants of the demolition.

Plans call for a “Nature’s Market,” a new seafood prep area, and drive-in services for the store’s pharmacy, according to Gilmore.

“They haven’t started the addition yet, but have started some of the work inside,” said Gilmore. Kroger is also making improvements to the parking lot, and installing storm and sanitary sewers, he added.

Kroger does not need a zoning change for the project, though it took out a building permit, said Gilmore.

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