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The Oregon School board will be taking bids to install turf at the Clay High School Memorial Stadium.

“We have a real opportunity here with a private donation,” said Oregon City Schools District Superintendent Hal Gregory.

The school board had received five bids for the project – all coming in over $500,000. But Maumee Bay Turf Center offered much more, according to School Board Member Jeff Ziviski. The company, from Oregon, offered to waive its labor costs up to $250,000 and just charge the district for materials and equipment.

Due to language in the bid, which stated that labor costs “up to $250,000” would be waived, the board decided to rebid the project in hopes that Maumee Bay Turf Center will clarify its previous offer to mean that the total cost will be reduced by $250,000, said Ziviski.

Oregon voters are being asked to support a request to make the 2.25 percent temporary income tax permanent.

The issue, which will be on the March 15 ballot, would keep the income tax rate the same as it has been since 1982. The only change is that it would no longer be called a “temporary” tax.

“It will be the same income tax, no increase,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “We just won’t have to renew it every five years.”

“I think after more than 30 years, our residents understand that our income tax isn’t a temporary measure,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “It is essential to meeting the service needs of our community.”

How do you thank the people you credit for saving your life?

If you’re as talented as David Overholt you present them with some artwork that you created.

Overholt, of Walbridge, last week presented prints of two original paintings to the Lake Township Fire Department, thanking department members for their service on Jan. 29, 2014 when he suffered a heart attack – the result, he suspects, of a blood clot following knee surgery.

Fire Chief Bruce Moritz accepted the paintings during Tuesday’s meeting of the township trustees.

Voters in the Eastwood and Woodmore school districts on Tuesday will see two renewal levies on the primary election ballot.

In Eastwood, voters will decide the renewal request of a 1 percent earned income tax that was originally passed in 2006.

If approved, the tax, which generates nearly $2 million annually, would be in effect for another five years.

Superintendent Brent Welker said the board of education last year let expire an emergency levy that had generated $878,000 annually.

Consequently, the income tax is the only “outside” levy for operating expenses the district has, he said. Unvoted taxes levied within a 10-mill limitation often are referred to as inside mills. Voted levies in excess of the 10-mill limitation are often called outside mills.

A committee charged with assessing the condition of buildings in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District and compile options for what’s needed to meet the demands of the future will host its second meeting March 15 at Oak Harbor Middle School.

The committee has been gathering input from residents and will present an update of its work during the meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., said Guy Parmigian, the district’s superintendent.

The panel of 50 or so parents, farmers, alumnae and local officials has, with the assistance of an architectural firm, compiled data on the elementary, middle and high school buildings and is expected to make a recommendation to the board of education on a master plan by this spring or early summer.

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