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The Woodmore school board has approved an agreement with the union representing teachers but one board member says he’s frustrated the board didn’t have copies of the contract to review when it voted.

Joe Liszak cast the only “no” vote on the two-year contract Tuesday while Steve Huss, board president, Corinna Bench, Julie Bowman and Dan Hoppe approved it.

Liszak said Wednesday he expected the matter to be tabled when board members hadn’t received copies prior to the board’s meeting.

“This is astonishing,” Liszak said. “They could have passed it on to the next board even if they knew what might be in it.”

Oregon will be asking voters in the March primary to make Oregon’s temporary 2 ¼ percent income tax rate permanent.

The ballot measure would keep the income tax rate the same as it has been since 1982, except it would no longer be called a temporary tax.

“I think that after more than 30 years our residents understand that our income tax isn’t a temporary measure,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “It is essential to meeting the service needs of our community.”

Income tax revenue provides police, fire, streets, recreation and other essential services to the city.

“Oregon residents expect a high level of services, such as well maintained roads, outstanding police and fire, and full service refuse and recycling programs. As other communities look to increase their tax rates, we think this approach emphasizes our commitment to live within the tax rate that has been on the books for over 30 years,” he said.

Pam Taylor showed up at Catawba Island Club to speak at a Lake Erie Improvement Association-hosted forum about harmful algal blooms, and she immediately got the attention of over 100 guests attending the event.

It wasn’t because she is from Michigan and the majority of the guests were Ohioans.

It was because she says concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs or factory farms) in her state provides a manure load equivalent to a major metropolitan city, like Boston, that flows through the watershed and ends up here, in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Including all livestock, Taylor says the Michigan portion of the Western Lake Erie Watershed has less than one percent of the animals, but provides 18 percent of the manure into the watershed.

A resurfacing project of a 14-mile stretch of the Ohio Turnpike in Lucas and Wood counties is included in the 2016 turnpike’s capital improvement budget.

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission last week approved the $143.5 million budget that will include funding for base pavement replacement, bridge rehabilitation and repair as well as resurfacing.

The commission described the budget as its largest in 15 years.

Five-mile sections in the westbound lanes of the turnpike in Lorain County, from milepost 144.1 to 149.24, will have pavement replaced as will eastbound lanes in Trumbull County from milepost 216.1 to 221. The opposite lanes in those sections were completed this year.

One Voice for East Toledo held a special meeting last week to hear what businesses in the Main, Starr and Front Business district would like to see happen.

Jodi Gross, community builder with the East Toledo Family Center, said the economic sub-committee met with a handful of business owners to see what needs to improve in their eyes.

“We want to know what the businesses need in order to thrive and grow,” Gross said. “We want to know how they feel about the district. We want to be able to keep our businesses there.”

According to Gross, owners met with a few city officials from the Department of Neighborhoods and the Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to discuss issues with litter and general cleanliness of the area.

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