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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider paying Poggemeyer Design group $892,336 to provide additional design services and work associated with the construction of the Oregon Municipal Complex Energy Improvement & Building Upgrade project.

Last year, the city approved a $2,963,000 contract with Poggemeyer for the design and construction of the project.

It was anticipated during last year’s capital budget process that the project would expand once underway in response to unanticipated, necessary structural or energy improvements, according to City Administrator Mike Beazley.

“We said this would be an ongoing project. As we opened up the roof, we would find things. We actually found worse things than we thought,” said Beazley.

A recommendation to purchase a security camera system for Woodmore High School was approved Tuesday by the board of education but not before one board member sought assurances the cost wasn’t straining the permanent improvement fund.

Superintendent Linda Bringman received unanimous support from the board when she updated members on a proposal to spend about $32,000 on a camera system for the school.

But Joe Liszak, a member of the board’s finance committee, said the cameras shouldn’t come at the expense of new textbooks.

“I want to make sure we have enough money in the PI fund,” Liszak, said Wednesday. “Coming up, we’re going to need a new bus and I want to make sure all of the kids have textbooks before we use money on security cameras. That’s my priority that we have up to date, good textbooks.”

For the Lake Township trustees, an opinion by the Wood County prosecutor’s office on a proposed policy for dealing with blighted properties can’t come soon enough.

The township is considering a policy to deal with complaints about nuisance properties that is similar to one in place in Allen Township. If a property is determined to be unsafe and structurally defective, a letter informs the owner of the township’s intent to raze the building. The owner is entitled to a hearing but must file a request for a hearing within 30 days of the day the notice was mailed.

Mark Hummer, township police chief and administrator, forwarded a copy of the policy to the prosecutor’s office for review before trustees decide to enact it.


Oregon block watch members want city council to pass a curfew that would address juvenile crime.

Several expressed their concerns at a Safety Committee meeting last month. Vandalism, vehicle theft, and trespassing were just a few juvenile crimes they said were impacting their neighborhoods.

“We have repeated issues with juveniles,” said Lori Render, a block watch member. “We have groups of juveniles waking up sleeping residents, vehicles ransacked, teenager mischief, and juveniles cutting through residents’ properties. Oregon police are limited in what they can do or say without a juvenile curfew,” she said.

“Disruptive individuals come from surrounding towns and cities because there is currently no juvenile curfew in Oregon,” said Render. Juveniles congregate on street corners, in parks and residents’ yards, egging vehicles and houses, she added.


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