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The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association will be conducting a risk analysis and fire station study for the Oregon Fire and Rescue Department.

Oregon council at a meeting on June 22 approved a $16,000 contract with the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, of Worthington, Ohio, to do the analysis and study. The Association helps fire and EMS agencies in the state find solutions to problems and helps improve local service delivery.

The fire department is requesting the study of the fire and EMS delivery system to provide a detailed analysis of current department performance and determine long-range needs regarding fire station location and resource deployment.

The city is facing an increasing demand for services and anticipating the need to replace an aging facility and apparatus.

The areas of the study will include:

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has received a grant to study the feasibility of establishing an emergency water connection link to service customers in the event of a consumption ban like that issued by the City of Toledo last August.

The grant for $50,000 was issued through the Local Government Innovation Program of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

During the ban, district personnel discussed how to construct an emergency link from the City of Perrysburg’s water system, which receives water from Toledo, to the Bowling Green system.

The district purchases Toledo water for its customers in the northwest portion of Wood County – with most of those customers located west of I-280. Most of the customers to the east receive water from the City of Oregon, which, like Bowling Green, wasn’t affected by Toledo’s water advisory.

The Oregon Planning Commission on June 16, in a split vote, recommended that a request for a Special Use Exemption (SUE) permit to raise chickens in a residential area on S. Wynn Road be denied.

David Pullella originally made the request to raise no more than six chickens, four rabbits, two ducks, two goats, four turkeys, two swans and four pheasants at 935 S. Wynn Road. The property is in a low density residential district. His request was later amended for a permit to raise just the six chickens.

The Project Review Committee had no objections to the request, but recommended that a plan be submitted and approved for waste removal and housing.

Pullella said his immediate plans are to raise the chickens to lay eggs.

The Lake Township trustees haven’t committed to developing a section of township-owned property into a dog park, but they’ve given the township’s park supervisor the authorization to apply for grants to fund amenities for a dog park.

The trustees Tuesday gave the go-ahead to Ron Hanely to apply to the Wood County Parks District for grants that would fund benches, trash and pick-up stations, dog agility equipment and fencing.

Hanely recently floated the idea of developing a dog park at the property adjacent to the township’s former dispatching center on Lemoyne Road but the trustees haven’t decided to proceed with the proposal.

Hanely last week said the deadline for applying for grant money from the park district for 2016 is June 26. Successful applicants will be notified in November or December and grants will be awarded in April of next year.

He said he’s visited dog parks in south Toledo and in Danbury Township to get opinions from dog owners about those facilities.

The newest member of the Woodmore school board hopes a lawsuit against him over his appointment to the board will result in clarifying the relevant legal issues and the board can get back to business.

Dan Hoppe, whose appointment is being challenged in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court, said he was, in effect, a bystander in the appointment process but looks forward to a resolution of the matter.

“Although I am disappointed the Sandusky County Prosecutor’s Office has chosen to focus their efforts on me personally, I welcome this opportunity to clarify the law and be a part of a solution that is best for the Woodmore School District,” Hoppe said in an email message to The Press. “As a dedicated member of our schools’ community, I look forward to clarity and justice so that we may be able to focus on real as opposed to perceived challenges and opportunities within our district. It is unfortunate that a dispute has developed over the process by which I was selected, a process in which I was essentially a bystander. I volunteered to serve on the board to help improve our district and I look forward to doing just that.”

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