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Despite the concerns of environmental organizations and local citizen groups, state lawmakers passed and Gov. Ted Strickland signed House Bill 363, which completes the transfer of oversight of large scale farm animal feeding operations to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The state legislature has been authorizing the agriculture department to assume more responsibility for issuing permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) since 2000. The new bill will transfer the permitting authority for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for CAFOs to the agriculture department from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
According to the bill:
• It specifies the director of the agriculture department has the authority to enforce terms of NPDES permits for discharging, transporting, or handling of pollutants, including manure, from CAFOS.
As 2009 winds down to a close, Oregon is optimistic about the economy.
Rieter Automotive North America, which manufactures fiber padding materials and molded acoustical products for autos, plans to expand its Oregon production facility, according to Gary Thompson, executive director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.
“It’s something we’re very excited about,” said Thompson. “The company has been aggressively pursuing additional work. In the short-term, there may be a couple of contracts that would add somewhere between 20-50 jobs. Long-term, because the company has pretty prudent financial management, and a lot of their competitors are filing for bankruptcy, they’re sitting pretty well to increase their market share. We’re just hoping their market share increases so more and more of that work can come to Oregon.”
The company previously expanded about 18 months ago and added 100 employees, said Thompson.
“They’re still hiring, and have not filled all the positions,” he said.
Two local entrepreneurs have announced they are opening new businesses. Doug Samsen will host a grand opening of his Samsen Furniture Outlet the day after Christmas and Jennifer Roberts has launched a photography and design services company..
Samsen’s new store is located in Perrysburg across from Levis Commons. It will offer close-outs, discontinued styles, fabrics and overstocked merchandise. The store will also carry the clearance and scratch and dent furniture from Samsen’s flagship store located on Rt. 51 in Genoa and Fine Designs located in Sylvania.
Doug Samsen is a second-generation owner of the Genoa store opened by his father Bob Samsen in 1954. He said the 6,600 square-foot store will offer warehouse and factory close-outs of brands found at the Genoa store such as Flexsteel, Ashley and Thomasville as well as Craftmaster and Best Chair.
Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi urged Oregon Council last Monday to pressure the state Senate to support House Bill 318, which would delay state income tax cuts for two years to offset an $852 million funding gap in the state budget.
Gov. Ted Strickland had planned to use a portion of revenue from slot machines at race tracks for education, but the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the measure cannot go before voters sooner than Nov., 2010.
The Senate has until the end of this month to pass Bill 318, which would postpone for two years the last of five previously scheduled reductions in state income taxes, the amount of which would cover the $852 million shortfall in revenue.
In addition, the state stands to lose more in federal stimulus funds if the bill isn’t passed.
Oregon Council, by a vote of 6-1, approved a contract last Monday with the Buehrer Group Architecture & Engineering, Inc., for the design of a new concession stand and restroom facility to serve the recreation department’s new South Recreation Complex.
Councilman Sandy Bihn was opposed.
Last month, council was considering an $11,280 contract with Buehrer for the three-phased project.
Mike Seferian, who was mayor-elect at the time, was opposed, saying the city would be wasting money on a project that may not occur since there are no sanitary sewers at the site, just off Starr Extension. The matter was referred to a Dec. 7 recreation committee meeting for further discussion.
“Council wanted to get some direction with this proposal,” said Seferian, who has since been sworn in as mayor.
“There’s some discrepancy of where this possibly would go,” he added, due to the lack of sewers.