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Oregon council on Monday accepted a request to withdraw an application for a Special Use Exemption (SUE) for a parcel at the northeast corner of Navarre Avenue and Wynn Road for the development of a small strip mall that included a gas station.

The Planning Commission, which met recently, denied the request for the SUE.

The applicants were Yazeed Qaimari and Naqid Hasan, for owner American Title Agency, Inc.

A public hearing for the SUE request was scheduled for September 22. It has been cancelled due to the withdrawal by the applicants.

The parcel, at 5011 Navarre Avenue, is in a C-5 zoning district. An SUE is required for a gas station in a C-5 zoning district.

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The owner of property along the southern corporation limits of the Village of Walbridge is hoping a zoning change might spark some development interest in the 89-acre parcel.

Village council earlier this month heard the first reading of an ordinance to approve a request of Cecil Adkins to rezone the property from R1-4 (residential) to M-2 (general industrial).

The parcel is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Ayers and Drouillard roads.

Adkins last week said the property was annexed to the village about eight years ago and its proximity to the Toledo Executive Airport makes it well suited for business development.

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Are rule changes proposed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency placing the state’s streams and waterways in peril?

The Ohio Environmental Council took the agency to task in recent testimony for what the OEC sees as an abandonment of oversight responsibilities over oil and gas pipelines and coal mining operations.

Nathan Johnson, an attorney for the OEC, accused the agency of favoring coal and fracking interests and applying a “rubber stamp process” intended only for very small projects and improperly applying it to large-scale interstate pipelines and coal mining operations.

Citing an OEPA email from February 2014, Johnson testified the coal industry’s “apparent influence over the drafting of the proposed modifications” is evident.

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Oregon City Council on Monday accepted bids to install a walkway for the South Recreation Complex and to replace and repair sidewalks and curbs in parts of the city.

Council accepted the $53,439 bid of Smith Paving & Excavating, Norwalk, Ohio, for the South Recreation Complex walkway, and a $121,605 bid from Quinn Concrete Construction for sidewalk and curb replacement. Both companies submitted the lowest bids. Bihn Construction Service, Oregon, submitted bids that were higher for both projects - $122,380 for the walkway, and $59,790.02 for the sidewalk and curb replacement.

“All the bidders met our best bid criteria, and have bid on a lot of concrete work in past years,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman.

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Saying it wanted to clarify its priorities, Oak Harbor Village Council indefinitely tucked away a private organization’s newest proposal for downtown revitalization.

Legislation for a Downtown Revitalization Riverfront Overlay District came before council for a second reading at Monday’s regular meeting. But after a lengthy - and often heated - discussion, council voted 4-2 to table the issue. The district is an amendment to current zoning regulations that would open doors to private business owners’ expansion plans downtown, especially along the banks of the Portage River. The legislation paves the way for things such as gazebos, outdoor seating, bait shops, river walkways and even an amphitheater.

But the district’s introduction took a troubling turn in recent weeks as the public confused the role of the village in future downtown development.

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