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Oregon council in the next couple of weeks may be considering legislation for the purchase of property for possible industrial development.

“The Oregon Economic Development Foundation is looking for some opportunities to acquire some land to help possibly spur industrial development in Oregon,” City Administrator Mike Beazley said at an October 26 council meeting. “We might be looking to partner with that in some way. We are excited about those possibilities.”

The city and the foundation are routinely in conversations with developers and realtors about possible projects, Beazley explained after the meeting.

“Most of those projects never materialize,” he said, “and you continue to work on them.”

A special audit of financial records of the Woodmore School District has begun, Jamie Pearson, district treasurer, told residents attending an Oct. 25 forum.

She described the audit as a “limited-scope examination of financial records and other information designed to investigate allegations of fraud, theft or misappropriation of funds. I felt I had an obligation to report some of these discrepancies at the auditor of state’s conference and that’s where this all started.”

The audit could cover more than one fiscal year, she said.

By implementing more internal controls, Pearson said the administration has made progress in addressing problems with balancing bank reconciliation statements, correcting payroll errors and similar issues.

Dream Again Ohio will soon be opening two subsidized residences to house foster children who have aged at 18 out of the system in former parsonages in the villages of Woodville (Solomon Lutheran) and Elmore (Bethel United Brethren).

There is no set move-in date but the house in Woodville has been recently renovated and has held an open house for the community.

The Elmore residence will house boys and the Woodville residence will house girls, with one site manager for both locations.

The goal of Dream Again Ohio, says founder Evan Matheney, is to end homelessness among former foster youth and to help them develop vital life skills needed to succeed outside of the foster system.

A non-profit organization, Dream Again Ohio was founded by Matheney in October 2014.

Two complaints of money thefts from Woodmore High School facilities have recently been filed with the Elmore Police Department.

Police were called to the school Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, according to department reports.

On the 29th, James Kieper, high school principal, reported funds missing from “athletic event admissions.”

On Oct. 1, Steve Barr, athletic director, also notified police of a “cash box reported stolen from unoccupied and unsecured concession building.”

Sgt. Jeffrey Harrison, who responded to both calls, issued a statement last week saying the thefts are under investigation and additional records would not be released.

The Wildcats last home football game, prior to the missing funds being reported, was against Otsego on Sept. 18.

Oregon has submitted an application to the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) to help fund the $2.1 million Pickle Road Storm Sewer Relief Ditch project.

Council last week authorized the mayor to submit the application for financial assistance from the State Capital Improvements Fund and the Local Transportation Improvement Program Fund for the project.

The application, if approved, would provide a $320,000 grant and a 0 percent loan of $480,000 for the project, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The city earmarked $1.3 million in the budget for the project, which includes the purchase of an easement from Toledo Edison.

Administrator Mike Beazley said plans call for the construction of detention/retention ponds on the Toledo Edison property that will improve drainage in the area.

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