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Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley is breathing a little bit easier now with the recent passage of Ohio House Bill 5, which included an amendment that keeps Oregon from losing considerable revenue.
The Ohio Legislature recently approved the bill, which streamlines Ohio’s municipal tax code.
Businesses backed the measure, saying it creates a more business friendly environment. Many local governments were opposed because they said it would add unnecessary administrative burdens on businesses and their employees who conduct business activities in municipalities.
Ohio was the only state where municipalities set their own rules and regulations on collection of income taxes. Several different communities use different forms to collect annual income taxes.
Beazley’s main concern was that the bill could cost the city up to $1 million in annual revenue due to a provision that increases from 12 to 20 the number of days an individual can work in a municipality without owing local income taxes. It would have particularly affected temporary contract workers at the refineries. An amendment keeps the withholding requirement at 12 days and allows for a look back to day one if 12 days are exceeded.
The staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board is recommending the approval of a proposed 22-mile natural gas pipeline between the cities of Maumee and Oregon provided that its construction meets environmental and other conditions.
A staff report of the project was submitted Dec. 29 to the board for its review.
The application by North Coast Gas Transmission, a Columbus-based company, will be automatically approved by Jan. 6 unless the board’s chairman, executive director or an administrative law judge decides the application should be suspended. The suspension would give the board an additional 90 days to make a decision.
North Coast is proposing to construct the 24-inch diameter pipeline to supply natural gas for an $800 million electric generation plant to be built near the intersection of Lallendorf Road and York Street in Oregon.
Construction of the pipeline is expected to begin in March and be completed by June 2016. An easement of 75 feet would be in effect along the route during construction on property where the line is installed and of that, 50-foot easements would remain in effect permanently.
Veneta Oberhaus turned 90 years old – make that 90 years young – on Dec. 22.
Despite enduring some physical challenges, including COPD and lymphoma leukemia, which require her to be on oxygen – the Martin resident is grateful for her many blessings and tries to embrace each day.
As part of her birthday celebration, her daughter, Rita Carter, recently took her to the Toledo Zoo. As Veneta enjoyed annual Lights Before Christmas display, was surprised by a serenade of “Happy Birthday” performed by the Defiance High School Choir.
Eyeing the ice slide – a new addition to the lights celebration this year – Veneta decided she wanted to try it an experience she described as “like flying through the air.”
Her birthday also offered the nonagenarian the opportunity to cross something else off her bucket list. It had been about 60 years since she was last on a horse and she wanted to go for a ride. Her daughter called Vail Meadows therapeutic equestrian center in Oregon, Working with Wendy Vail-Heskett, they arranged an evening of horseback riding for Veneta.
Oregon’s wastewater treatment plant sludge dewatering improvements project is expected to reduce nutrients that end up in Lake Erie.
The city applied to the Ohio Public Works Commission for $3 million in funds for the project, which will remove liquid from treated sewage (sludge) and dispose of the product in a landfill. The city expects the current practice of applying liquid treated sludge to farm fields as fertilizer to end.
By dewatering and landfilling the sludge, total phosphorous applied to fields in the Western Lake Erie watershed is expected to be reduced by 32,271 pounds annually. Phosphorous is what feeds the algal blooms in the lake, which have been getting bigger and more frequent over the years. The primary source of the blooms is fertilizer runoff from farm fields during heavy spring rains that flow into ditches, rivers and then Lake Erie.
“For many years, Oregon has done field applications of its sludge,” said Administrator Mike Beazley. “It has worked well for us historically. It’s been an asset to farmers in the general region. But there’s been a couple of things that have changed over time that have led us to explore dewatering and seek funding for it.”
Like many shoppers these days, Mitzie Paule stays mindful of her grocery budget, which doesn’t always stretch far enough, especially at the holidays.
Paule, 84, had an bigger-than-usual list of groceries she wanted to pick up on a recent trip to Miller’s New Market in Genoa – ingredients she’d need for baking her Christmas cookies and special drinks for the grandkids.
“Before I left with the checkbook, my husband reminded me that I only had about $100 to spend,” said Paule. As she made her way through the store aisles, she chose her groceries, separating the necessities from the things she didn’t absolutely need, in case she needed to put some things back.
“I knew I was probably between $85 and $100, pretty close to my limit for sure,” she said.
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