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Oregon City Council on Monday voted to keep Councilman Dennis Walendzak as council president.

Sandy Bihn and Steve Hornyak, newly elected members of council, also took their seats on council. Walendzak, 44, or Grand Bay Drive, was first elected to council in 2009. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2013. He is vice president of Environmental Management Services

“I appreciate you having the confidence in me to continue the presidency of council,” said Walendzak said to council. “As we just got done discussing in our finance committee meeting, I think we have a lot on our plate this year. There’s many projects that are going to be coming forward – a lot of decisions we have to make as a council that will improve the city of Oregon for the foreseeable future. I look forward to working with all of the council members.”

For Ray Frick, owner of Fricker's restaurants, growing up on Toledo's east side has left him with fond memories as well as lessons that he still lives by today.

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Ray Frick. (Photo courtesy
Waite Alumni Association

“I grew up between Nevada and Idaho and I remember it as being a wonderful time,” Frick said. “I had a wonderful family and I really have no complaints. It was a typical middle class neighborhood. I had great friends and we just had a great time. Everyone took care of everyone. We all looked out for each other.”

The Oregon City Schools board will not have to submit a spending plan to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) now that voters passed an operations levy in the November election.

District treasurer Jane Fruth would have been required to submit the plan had the levy not passed due to an expected deficit next year.

“Because the levy passed, we’ll be able to resubmit our five-year forecast,” said Fruth at the last school board meeting in November. “Unfortunately, with the previous forecast, we were showing a deficit in the third year, which we were going to have to send a spending plan to ODE. This eliminates that. I just have to submit the updated five-year forecast. And that should take care of it. So we’ll be off the hook with ODE because we’re in the black again.”

A bill that would authorize municipalities to create downtown re-development districts has sailed through the Ohio House of Representatives and is being watched by area officials as a possible means to retain and attract businesses.

House Bill 233, which passed last month in the House by a 91-0 vote, set procedures for cities and villages to establish the re-development districts for rehabilitating historic buildings and promoting economic development.

Other features of the bill now pending in the Senate Ways and Means Committee:

• Authorize municipalities to exempt up to 70 percent of the real property in the districts from taxation and to collect service payments in lieu of taxes from owners. Revenues from the payments would be used for economic development purposes.

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will provide a special blessing at a Mass to dedicate the newly renovated St. Jerome Church in Walbridge.

The Mass will be held Sunday, Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the church, 300 Warner St.

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