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A request for a Special Use Exemption (SUE) permit to raise chickens in a residential area on S. Wynn Road has been withdrawn.

David Pullella, who made the request, asked council in a letter that he be allowed to withdraw his application for an SUE, according to Council President Dennis Walendzak.

A public hearing on the matter was scheduled at a council meeting last Monday.

Council approved a motion to allow Pullella to withdraw his application with the understanding that he could reapply in the future without additional application fees.

The Oregon Planning Commission on June 16 voted 3-2 to recommend to council that the SUE be denied. There was opposition to the SUE request from some of Pullella’s neighbors. The property at 935 S. Wynn Road is in a low density residential district.

The city’s Project Review Committee had no objections to the request, but recommended that a plan be submitted and approved for waste removal and housing.

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 change in the job market back to trades means that Oregon City Schools, Toledo Public Schools, and Penta Career Center are making sure adults can get into the game, too.

These three districts offer classes for adults interested in becoming medical technicians, practical nursing, and various other health care provider-associated classes, including first aid training. There is even a barber academy at TPS.

It can also mean retraining for today’s high-technology trade jobs. At Penta, Superintendent Ron Matter says there are two paths for adults who want to be retrained for today’s market.

“It is for someone who is coming in who wants to get specific training because they want to upgrade their skills to get a different kind of job or maybe get into a different type of organization, or someone who is retraining on something where they say, ‘I have this skill set, but in order for me to get a raise or move up, I need to get retrained in something,’” Matter 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 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.

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