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Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley will look into whether the city can give preference to local companies that bid on city projects after members of council raised questions about awarding the lowest bid for an irrigation project at the South Recreation Complex to an out of town firm.
Council on Monday voted 6-1 to award a bid to Ohio Irrigation Lawn Sprinkler Systems Inc., of Dayton, to furnish labor, materials and equipment for irrigation improvements to the South Recreation Complex. The company’s bid of $137,332 was the lowest and best bid.
Councilman James Seaman, who voted no, said at a committee of the whole meeting two weeks ago that the city should give preference to a local company, Landscape Design by Moritz, which had submitted a $141,050 bid, the fourth lowest of seven companies that bid on the project.
The door soon will close on foreclosure-prevention assistance available through the “Save the Dream Ohio” program. April 30 is the deadline for homeowners to register and receive up to $35,000 in mortgage assistance.
Antoinette Smith, a foreclosure prevention specialist at Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, or ESOP, a nonprofit HUD-certified housing counseling agency in Cleveland, called the program a lifeline for Ohioans who are struggling to stay in their homes. She said that includes “anyone who has experienced loss of income, who has become unemployed, who may have had a death of a wage earner in the home, divorce, disability, who may have experienced excessive medical bills from an illness.”
Oak Harbor resident Brad Weis is the new Genoa police chief.
Weis, currently employed as a Toledo Police Department captain, was approved Monday during a special meeting of the Genoa Village Council, according to Mayor Mark Williams. The new chief, who will make an annual salary of $62,500, begins work sometime in mid-May.
“He came from a small town. He lives in a small town. He should be able to keep the small town atmosphere in his work,” Williams said.
The mayor added Weis’ longevity in one department and the experience he racked up on that force are counted among his strengths.
An Oak Harbor woman is serving a 90-day sentence for admittedly trying to pass drugs to her son at a Toledo prison.
Ann Goode, 42, was sent to the Correctional Center of Northwest Ohio in Stryker, O. following her sentencing on April 8.
Once free, she will remain on probation for four years. She will lose her driver’s license for a year, and must complete community service as well as a number of court-ordered actions including mental health counseling, according to the ruling of Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Myron C. Duhart.
Even the Oak Harbor Police Department can’t shed the wrath of local vandals.
Over the past two years, the station and connected administration building located on Main Street, have fallen victim to multiple incidents of vandalism. Police cruiser tires have been slashed; feces smeared on the glass of the east door to the police station and a rock was thrown through the window of the police chief’s office.
The situation is causing council to once again consider installing at least two cameras on the building.