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A group that wants to beautify landscaping along State Route 2 and promote businesses on the busy commercial corridor sought ideas from business owners at a meeting last week.

Those who attended the Help State Route 2 meeting, held at the Oregon Public Library on Wednesday, focused on signage at the I-280 exit and decided on a theme for landscape development.

“People want to just pick up the feel and the image of going down Route 2,” said Councilman Sandy Bihn, who coordinated the meeting with Gary Thompson, president of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

The signage would highlight available restaurants, lodging, and other necessities for the weary and hungry motorist off the I-280 exit down State Route 2.

“It’s pretty limited on I-280 in terms of space, so there’s some issues as to how we can do it, so we have the city and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) looking into that to give us some options, if there are any,” said Bihn.

“We can do signage for the restaurants and lodgings fairly easily, though we probably will have to wait until after the Wheeling Street project, going north on I-280,” said Bihn. “The challenge is going south on I-280 with attention to the bridge, the distances, and the available space, which is very limited. We would like to see signs headed south on I-280 because a lot of traffic that goes to Lake Erie and Cedar Point, or goes birding, is headed south on Route 2.”

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Oregon students whose parents are employed in the Oregon City Schools District, but who live outside the city, will no longer be allowed to participate in the city recreation program after July 31.

The city agreed to enforce the policy late last year, but the recreation advisory board heard complaints about it at a meeting two weeks ago, Mayor Mike Seferian said at a committee of the whole meeting last week.

The recreation advisory board, he added, is not the appropriate body to be reviewing the policy.

“I’m not sure that’s an appropriate agenda for them. This is a policy decision that we currently use. I strongly back the decision that we had come to late last year,” said Seferian. “I believe it would take a legislative act for me to want to change and allow participation from others into the program. Being that it would take a legislative act, I wouldn’t think the recreation board is the proper body to make the decision. There’s a lot of political ramifications in changing the policy. When I suggested to the individual who contacted me about wanting his kids to continue to participate in the program, I said `No.’ “He said, `Does it end right here?’ I said `’No one is that powerful to make a decision and just puts an end to something.’”

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Following a security breach in the Oregon Municipal Complex last Friday, the public can only gain access to the building through the main front entrance, which is installed with scanners.

The public will not be able to use doors to the east of the building that are commonly used to pay utility bills, pull building permits, or enter the tax department.

Public Service Director Paul Roman, who is also acting city administrator, said an individual had violated a court order not to contact the tax department, which raised security concerns among employees.

Roman said he met with Oregon Municipal Judge Jeffery Keller, Police Chief Richard Stager, and Mayor Mike Seferian on the matter.

“People in the tax department felt threatened,” Roman said at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday.

Restricting the public’s access through the main doors, Roman added, has been difficult.

“Some people will be upset by it at first,” he said. I would hope that most residents would understand it.”

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For years Ohio law stipulated that vehicle registrations expire on the owners’ birthday.

The stickers on a license plate, however, only indicate the month the plates are to be renewed and some motorists have considered the month as if it is a grace period even if their registrations were actually expired.

That ended last year, when, as part of the state’s transportation budget bill, the legislature approved a $20 penalty fee for the late renewal of drivers’ licenses and license plates.

In October, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles began collecting the fee from every vehicle owner who renewed plates and licenses more than a week after the birthday deadline.

Citing figures from the BMV, State Representative Randy Gardner says more than 320,000 Ohioans have been hit by the fine since it went into effect.

Last week he signed on as a co-sponsor of a bill that would repeal the fine.

“Many people view this penalty as excessive and not the appropriate way for government to raise revenue,” he said. “This penalty should have never been passed in the first place. Just because it’s the law today doesn’t mean we shouldn’t end it. That’s what our bill will do.”

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To Cecil Adkins, the municipal pool in the Village of Walbridge should be regarded as a public asset worthy of the village’s investment of time and financial resources.

Adkins, a former village councilman, along with current councilmembers Maureen Jacobsen, who chairs council’s parks and recreation committee, and Ed Kolanko, and Steve Smith, village administrator, met with employees of GEM Industrial Inc. Thursday morning at the pool on Parkview Drive to get an idea on what repairs are needed.

Adkins and a few other residents voiced their concerns about proposed spending cuts in the village’s 2010 budget during a council meeting last month.

The pool, he reasons, should be spared from the budgetary ax.

“To say we don’t have the money isn’t completely accurate,” he said last week, adding the village’s savings account is likely drawing a very low interest rate and could be tapped for the repairs.

If promoted properly, the pool would draw families and residents from throughout Lake Township, he said, recalling the days when he was among the residents who formed a non-profit corporation and secured a loan from the Rossford Savings Bank to construct it.

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