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Oregon City Council on Monday approved an ordinance to update the responsibilities and pay range of the position of Environmental Specialist.

The city is increasing the responsibilities of the Environmental Specialist position to assist in the increasing demand for services and permit requirements for the Wastewater Treatment Plant in accordance with the city’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

In order to meet the requirements of the city’s NPDES permit for the wastewater treatment plant, especially in regard to the Industrial Pretreatment Program, Public Service Director Paul Roman made the request to add several responsibilities to the Environmental Specialist position. The added responsibilities are intended to assist the superintendent and chief chemist of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. A portion of the responsibilities will be dedicated to further develop a Mercury Reduction Program, which is a new requirement of the 2012 NPDES permit renewal, according to Roman. The program must be fully developed by 2017, he said.

The Rossford Community Recreation Center is co-hosting the Warrior Run 5K Run and Walk with Rossford Bass Pro Shops. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. on August 23 and will start and finish at Bass Pro Shops while running throughout the Crossroads Area.

"This event gives us an opportunity to help a great cause while partnering with a business that has been great for the Rossford Community, and drawing people from all over the region together for something that should be a very fun event for all in attendance," said Rossford Parks and Recreation Director Ivan Kovacevic.

Bass Pro Shops Special Events Coordinator Samantha Durivage added, “Once Ivan was approached by Leon (a Wounded Warrior), we were inspired to get involved. There are ways for all to get involved and help support the cause. We know that not everyone is a runner so volunteers, supporters, and sponsors are encouraged to get involved.”

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit alleging the Woodmore Board of Education repeatedly violated Ohio’s open records and meetings laws.

A conference held July 29 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court resulted in a full settlement, according to a status report filed by John Py, a mediator.

The report calls for attorneys for the school board and for Cara Brown, a Woodville resident who lodged the complaint, to file a dismissal entry with the court.

Court costs are to be paid by the board.

Brown said last Thursday she’s been directed by her attorney to not discuss the settlement until the final paperwork has been filed with the court.

A resolution authorizing the payment of unused sick time accrued by the former sexton of the Lake Township Cemetery to his widow has been approved by the township trustees.

The trustees Tuesday unanimously approved a payment of $2,393 to the widow of Dan Sprinski, who died suddenly in May.

The payment amount, however, drew criticism from Sprinski’s family and friends, who contended his widow is entitled to at least half of the 435.25 hours he’d accrued.

Jeff Pettit, who chairs the board of trustees, said the payment reflects 25 percent of Sprinski’s accrued hours. That percentage, he said, is set in the township’s contract with the police union and it’s been the practice of the trustees to treat unionized and non-union employees equitably.

At a July 13 committee of the whole meeting, Oregon officials heard concerns from residents about flooding and drainage problems as a result of the June 27 heavy rain event.

“No matter what we say or do, it is never any fun to clean up sewage out of a basement,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley. “Most of us have done it, I’ve done it. We understand that.”

“For those of you who say this was worse than it’s ever been, the answer is you’re right. It was worse.”

We’ve talked to hundreds of residents for the last couple of weeks and we’re trying to learn as we go. We’re trying to learn from each major event. We learned from the 2008 event. That was probably the biggest one from quite a few years until then. This one trumped that by a lot.”

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