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Oregon Mayor Marge Brown and City Administrator Ken Filipiak said goodbye to council at their last council meeting as city officials on Nov. 23.
Brown, who was defeated for a third term by Councilman Mike Seferian on Nov. 3, choked back tears during a brief speech at the end of the meeting.
“Since this is my last council meeting,” said Brown, “I wish to thank the staff for their great support. You guys have always been there for me. Eight years is a long time, but a short time, too. We’ve had a lot of good friendships. I wish you all well.”
Filipiak, who has been with the city for nearly 10 years, resigned after the election to take a job as city manager of Mentor, Ohio.
“This is my last council meeting,” said Filipiak, whose last day was Nov. 25.
He said he expected to provide Seferian and council with a proposed draft budget before he leaves.
United States Navel Sea Cadets from the Commodore Perry Division of Greater Toledo kicked off two years of training in August with the 2009 Sea Cadet Challenge, hosted by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, other naval units and Harbor View Yacht Club.
Several youths, ages 10-18, from the Press coverage area and their parents participated in the event. The Sea Cadet program has been in the United States since the early 1950s.
For the local Sea Cadets, this was their first sailing trip on Lake Erie.
Approximately 12 sailing vessels took the Sea Cadets on a three-hour trip into western Lake Erie. Several power vessels from Harbor View Yacht Club, located at 2180 Autokee St. in Oregon, accompanied the sailing vessels in support of the exercise.
Councilman-elect Sandy Bihn is hoping to get some ideas on improving Navarre Avenue to maintain and attract more businesses to the area.
A meeting will be held on Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. in the Oregon Public Library to discuss the matter.
“The public is invited,” said Bihn, “but it’s targeted to the people who have businesses in the State Route 2 area.”
“The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ways to make the Route 2 area more attractive to existing and potential businesses visually and to start networking to try and improve the overall image and ability to retain and attract businesses,” she said.
A retail analysis of State Route 2 conducted in 2007 by Pitney Bowes/MapInfo, of Ann Arbor, notes that one of the impediments to attracting and keeping retail is a “hodge podge” appearance on Navarre Avenue.
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The Army Corps of Engineers expects to complete soil sampling at the former Brush Beryllium site near the Village of Luckey in December.
The sampling and topographic surveying are part of an on-going remedial program for the 40-acre parcel at 21200 Luckey Road,
Results from the work will provide the Corps with the necessary data for the next phase of the clean-up of the site, said Duane Lenhardt, project manager.
“This data is required to complete our remedial design, update the estimated cost associated with the clean-up, and proceed to environmental remediation,” he said.
Under rules set by the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program, the Corps in October began the testing to determine the extent of soil contamination.
The work includes:
No results found.