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With a levy renewal request headed for the March ballot, members of the Woodmore school board Tuesday organized for 2016 and informally discussed what they see as priorities for the school district.

Members selected incumbent Joe Liszak as the board president and Sam Preston, who was elected to the board in November, as vice president.

Liszak on Wednesday told The Press he would like to see more input from the public and said the board will have to demonstrate “fiscal responsibility and viability” to gain the public’s trust and garner support for the upcoming levy renewal.

The levy, originally approved by voters in May 2011 as an emergency measure, generates about $600,000 annually.

Oregon City Council last month approved the 2016 municipal budget with a General Fund total of $20,843,868.

Income tax revenue this year is projected to be “substantially higher” than the income tax revenue collected last year, according to City Administrator Mike Beazley.

“For 2015, we projected an approximate 3 percent income tax growth over 2014 budgeted revenues. Even with a weak December, we will comfortably exceed the income tax revenue estimate,” said Beazley, adding that it is over $21 million.

“The work scheduled at our major industrial employers and the ongoing construction at Oregon Clean Energy should keep income tax revenue strong through 2017. Due to the unknowns associated with the changes in the tax code, I believe a more conservative estimate is the responsible course of action at this time,” he said.

Flint, Michigan residents have been under siege since last year when high levels of lead were found in their drinking water, which was drawn from the Flint River.

The city, which switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River as a drinking water source to cut costs, reconnected to the Detroit water system last year after it was determined that the corrosive river water was drawing lead from aging pipes.

Just last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint due to the lead in the drinking water.

At an Oregon City Council meeting last month, Councilwoman Sandy Bihn asked the city administration about the condition of Oregon’s waterlines.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking on the icon on the upper right.


Happy New Year Folks:
I saw something quite strange the other day about 25 miles southeast of Tallahassee. I was mystified and befuddled. I didn’t think that they existed anymore--just a thing of some storyteller’s wild imagination. It had a pleasing and rounded shape, and there appeared to be trees and grass protruding from its surface. Lofty aspirations were its trademark. It was totally beyond my comprehension - it was a hill! I knew not what to do about it, so as always, I proceeded on . . . . and up.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District received a low interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to address storm water infiltration into the sanitary sewer system in Northwood.

The sewer district is funding the project with the $237,914 loan from the agency’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund, which provides below market interest rate loans for communities to improve their wastewater treatment systems.

The loan will be used to rehabilitate sanitary sewers in the Homecraft area of Northwood (Andrus and Tracy roads area), which connects to Toledo’s collection system. Toledo is continuing a long-term project to address sewer overflows within the city’s sewer system that will improve local and Lake Erie water quality, according to officials from the Ohio EPA. In addition to helping to reduce sewer overflows in Toledo, the Northwood project will alleviate local basement sewage backups.

Female coach

The Buffalo Bills last week hired the NFL's first female full-time coach (Kathryn Smith--special teams quality control coach). Should there be more women in coaching?
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