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Health insurance coverage for employees in Lake Township will remain with the current providers.
The township trustees Tuesday approved renewing coverage with Medical Mutual for health insurance and with Guardian for dental, vision and life insurance.
The trustees said they were pleased with small rate increases from 2015.
In 2015, it costs the township $27,859 a month for health insurance coverage from Medical Mutual. Next year, that coverage will cost $27,869 a month – an increase of .04 percent.
Guardian will continue to provide dental coverage. In 2016, coverage will cost $21,343 a year – a 6 percent increase from this year’s cost of $20,125 a year.
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.
Including my children, five generations of the Reese family have worked and played in the old barn on my parent’s property — that is a lot of pitch forking and hay fort building.
When faced with a decision about the future of this incredible, historic structure, my parents made the decision in 2010 to hire a gifted Amish crew to give it a major makeover for future generations of Reeses to continue to work and play beneath the ancient rafters of this grand old barn. Based on the saw marks on the beams, the style and the roofing material, it has been estimated that the barn was built between 1870 and 1880. Think about how Ohio agriculture has changed since then!
My parents are the third generation of the Reese family to own the farm. My great-grandfather, Pearl Jay Reese, and his wife, Jessie Mae, purchased the farm in 1918. Here is more about the barn from the Hancock Historical Society.
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