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Oregon Administrator Ken Filipiak is resigning. He will be the new city manager of Mentor, located just east of Cleveland, on the south shore of Lake Erie. His resignation is effective Nov. 28.

The Mentor City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Saturday to hire Filipiak, according to Mentor City Council President Bob Shiner. The city has a population of over 50,000, more than twice the size of Oregon’s 18,000.

City government is based on a city manager executive appointed by council instead of an elected mayor form of government. The city manager is accountable to city council.

Shiner said over 100 people applied for the spot, which has been temporarily filled by the police chief since May, when the former city manager retired.

Filipiak came out on top because of his “diverse background,” said Shiner.

“We found him to be a very smart guy. It all looked good on the resume and the interview process,” said Shiner.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District board of trustees has approved a resolution authorizing the district to begin appropriating property easements for a sanitary sewer project in the Stony Ridge and Lemoyne areas in Troy Township.

The district has been negotiating with the owners of three properties, said Jerry Greiner, the district’s executive director, but has been unable to reach an agreement on a price for the easements.

Two of the properties are located on Lemoyne Road and the third is along Fremont Pike.

The district is seeking permanent easements for the Lemoyne Road properties and a temporary easement for the Fremont Pike property.

A Genoa business owner and candidate for a village council seat has made a request for copies of files in the computers used by the village police chief and administrator.

Through his attorney, Eric Hise, owner of the Bharmacy, 621 Main Street, sent a letter dated Oct. 19 to Mayor Mark Williams requesting copies of the memories in the computers of the chief and administrator going back to January, 2008.

Mayor Williams last Tuesday said he hadn’t seen the request but acknowledged it may have arrived at the town hall after he last checked his mail.

Hise said his request is unrelated to a lawsuit he filed in December, 2008 against Mayor Williams, Chief Randy Hill, and a village police officer, alleging the mayor directed the police department to harass his business.

Oregon City Council Aug. 10 unanimously approved a major change in a site plan to allow an expansion of a nursing home, Heartland of Oregon, at 3953 Navarre Avenue.

The change was to an existing conditional use exception in an R-4 Planned Residential District for the purpose of increasing the total building area of more than 10 percent of the nursing home, according to Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning inspection.

“It’s considered a major chance, which needs approval from the planning commission and also city council,” said Gilmore.

The proposal is for two additions, he said.

Marvin Belknap has started a support group, of sorts, for small businesses in hopes of resolving problems they share.

Belknap, who owns The Coffee Shop, and Tan Pro Oregon, held a small business forum with city officials to discuss those problems.

“We invited any business owner with 50 or fewer employees.  There’s a lot of concern that small businesses are faltering, and not able to make it in Oregon. So I wanted to host a forum so everyone could ask questions,” Belknap said at a committee of the whole meeting on Oct. 19.

Belknap hopes to form a small business task force outside the Chamber and Oregon Economic Development Foundation that would work with the city administrator, public service director, and possibly law director to find ways to promote small business and help “relieve some stress and burden on us.”

“A lot of our members are tired of seeing people go to the other side of the river to do things, to shop, go to dinner, enjoy themselves,” he said.

Some common concerns of small businesses, said Belknap, include relaxing a stringent sign code and architectural committee regulations “that drives business away.”

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