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 Two bills that proponents say would have moderated tax increases on land enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program have stalled in the state legislature but the Ohio Farmers Union plans to continue to push next year for changes in the CAUV formula.

 “We'll work for good and fair policy during the budget next year, and if that fails we'll ask legislators for stand-alone bills once again," Ron Sylvester, an OFU spokesman, said. “While some committee chairmen and rural legislators went to bat for the CAUV bills pending in the House and Senate during lame duck, ultimately leadership in both houses killed our efforts at reform.”

 A committee of the Ohio Senate last week accepted testimony on a bill with roots in a 2011 traffic stop by a Lake Township police officer on I-280 that was contested all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court.

 The State and Local Government Committee heard testimony on Substitute House Bill 378, which would amend current law prohibiting township officers in smaller jurisdictions from citing motorists for traffic violations on state highways that are classified as part of the national highway system.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider conducting a study on whether to fill in 130 acres of Maumee Bay with dredged sediments next to Facility 3.

The study would look at creating a wetlands, but at a cost of filling in the open shallow waters of the bay, something environmentalists have long opposed.

Council will consider entering into an agreement with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to receive funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for planning and preliminary design of wetland restoration and enhancement at Facility 3.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider increasing the salary of the fire deputy chief of training position in an effort to attract more qualified candidates for the post, which has remained vacant for three years.

The pay increase is part of updating the training and experience requirements of the position.

“We’ve had this position open for some time now,” Mayor Mike Seferian said at a committee of the whole meeting last week. “It’s not always easy to attract someone to the job.”

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider applying for Water Pollution Control Loan Funds from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the construction of a building that will dewater sludge at the wastewater treatment plant.

The goal is to dewater and landfill sludge, which is considered more cost-efficient than applying liquid sludge to land.

The city has been moving away from applying liquid sludge to land after receiving complaints over the years from some residents living downwind from farmland where it has been applied. They believe its application has caused rashes and other medical ailments.

 

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