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Oregon city council on Monday will consider giving a 2 ½ percent raise to the city’s full-time and part-time non-bargaining employees.
 
The increase would be retroactive to July 1 of this year. Effective in 2010, all non-bargaining employees’ pay ranges would increase by 2 percent.
 
“These are our department heads, our professional, technical and supervisory employees,” said Mayor Marge Brown at a committee of the whole committee last Monday. “This is pretty much in line with all the unions,” she added.

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A group representing lakefront property owners that won a court victory last month is bracing for opponents to appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Members of the Ohio Lakefront Group have scheduled a meeting for Sept. 9 at the Catawba Island Club, 4235 E. Beach Rd., Port Clinton, to discuss the case.

The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m.

The 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled largely in favor of landowners in a lawsuit to decide where Lake Erie shoreline property becomes privately-owned and where the public access starts.

“We fully expect, and have been advised, that the case will be appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court,” says an invitation to the meeting sent to landowners and public officials. “At this meeting we will inform our members of the ramifications of the current win as well as what might be expected in the appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.”

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Oregon and Toledo Edison have reached an agreement on plans to extend an electric transmission line to serve a new substation at St. Charles-Mercy Hospital.
 
At a council meeting on Oct. 26, Trent Smith, regional president of Toledo Edison, said discussions with the city were at an impasse due to the city’s desire to have poles and lines that are aesthetically appealing, which increased the cost of the project.
 
The city had initially preferred an underground line, but it was later deemed too expensive. Steel poles, which don’t have unsightly guide wires that wood poles have for support, were also considered expensive.

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Hoping to build on the momentum from the recent creation of a Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) at Metcalf airfield, the Lake Township trustees last week approved an initiative aimed at spurring job growth.

The initiative focuses primarily on the transportation industry, said Richard Welling, a township trustee.

“We decided we wanted to taker more of a leadership role in promoting business and creating jobs,” he said. “We have the airport, rail yards, truck terminals, and interstates. We want to take advantage of that and try to create some jobs.”

A link to the township’s Web site is being developed to offer area businesses a networking center for posting job openings and related information.

In addition, Welling said the trustees intend to take a more aggressive role in assisting local businesses with seeking grants and other incentives.

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A grant of $100,000 from FirstEnergy Solutions to Lake Township comes with no strings attached, Tom Hays, township solicitor, informed the township’s trustees last week.

Hays said the township became eligible for the grant by signing an agreement for electric service with the utility through the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition.

The trustees in June agreed to a contract with FirstEnergy for service to homeowners and small businesses that chose to not opt out of the coalition’s agreement with the company.

FirstEnergy announced last month it had signed agreements with 22 area communities that will provide about $7.4 million in grants through the company’s Powering Our Communities program.

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