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Oregon City Council on Monday will consider establishing the hours, rules and regulations of parks in some neighborhoods that have concerns about loitering and other inappropriate activities after dark.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said the proposed amendment to the city’s zoning code on parks and recreation is under review after discussions with block watch groups.

“They are concerned about the use of city properties, small parklands, in the Eastmoreland and adjacent neighborhoods, and they want to make sure we can properly regulate the use of the parks after dark,” he said at a committee of the whole meeting on March 7.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider revising engineering services for designs for the Pickle Road Storm Sewer Relief Ditch project so that more homes can benefit from new storm sewers.

Council on March 14, 2011, awarded a $51,000 contract to Jones & Henry Engineers LTD., to provide professional engineering services for the final design and bidding for the Wolf Creek Relief Ditch project and a $91,000 contract for the Pickle Road Storm Relief Ditch project.

The city is requesting to amend the design contract for the Pickle Road Storm Sewer Relief Ditch project to include an additional 1,700 feet of new 24” and 30” storm sewer that will provide storm drainage relief for the East Meadow and Delta Addition (Flo, Fleitz, and Mary Allen) subdivisions as well as for an area near Coy Road. Jones & Henry Engineers LTD., would receive an additional $18,000 for the revised project.

A proposed FirstEnergy rate plan has drawn the support of a coalition of officials from local government, organized labor, public education and the economic development sector in Ottawa County.

The utility’s Electric Security Plan, which is pending before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, was endorsed last week by the Ottawa County commissioners who said it would stabilize electric rates.

The commissioners hosted a press conference Monday to underscore a letter of support for the plan they submitted to the PUCO.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by residents who were attempting to have the construction of a new school building in the Eastwood district decided by voters.

The appeals court ruled the residents lacked standing in their effort to have an injunction issued to stop the construction of a school for kindergarten through the fifth grade. School officials are planning for the school to open in the fall of 2017.

The district has an agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission for construction, with the OSFC to pay about $7 million and the district share to be about $12.5 million.

Victor and Eileen Schuerman and Karl Offerman, all of Pemberville, filed suit in Wood County Common Pleas Court in April 2015, contending the agreement between the district and OSFC circumvented state law. They noted district voters were not given a chance to approve the ballot measures necessary for the district’s portion of the project cost.

Options for the Village of Genoa to adopt a tighter operating budget are limited, Kevin Gladden, Village Administrator, said last week.

“The budget situation this year is not good,” he said, casting much of the blame on policies emanating from Columbus.

While the State of Ohio may have a balanced budget to crow about, Gladden said, “They have done it on the backs of the cities and towns.”

It’s a familiar refrain among local officials: mounting expenses and dwindling revenues.

This year Genoa's proposed budget of nearly $7 million is a reduction of well over $1 million from recent years. As a result, it will be up to village council members to determine just what cuts may have to be made to ensure that the village can meet its obligations, expenses and services for the community in the coming fiscal year.

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