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Should Oregon favor local bids in city projects?
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Monday, 21 April 2014 08:46


Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley will look into whether the city can give preference to local companies that bid on city projects after members of council raised questions about awarding the lowest bid for an irrigation project at the South Recreation Complex to an out of town firm.

Council on Monday voted 6-1 to award a bid to Ohio Irrigation Lawn Sprinkler Systems Inc., of Dayton, to furnish labor, materials and equipment for irrigation improvements to the South Recreation Complex. The company’s bid of $137,332 was the lowest and best bid.

Councilman James Seaman, who voted no, said at a committee of the whole meeting two weeks ago that the city should give preference to a local company, Landscape Design by Moritz, which had submitted a $141,050 bid, the fourth lowest of seven companies that bid on the project.

Toledo survey
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Monday, 21 April 2014 08:45

Volunteers are needed to conduct neighborhood surveys in East Toledo. The surveys will be used to identify opportunities for side lot acquisitions, land assembly for greening initiatives, and to locate properties in need of demo, rehab, or commercial redevelopment. To be part of a collaborative effort to rebuild Toledo’s neighborhoods, the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Avenue, will hold meetings on April 26 and May 3 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. For more information, and to confirm your attendance, call Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429 ext. 213.

Time & money running out for foreclosure assistance program
Written by Mary Kuhlman, Ohio News Connection   
Monday, 21 April 2014 08:41


The door soon will close on foreclosure-prevention assistance available through the “Save the Dream Ohio” program. April 30 is the deadline for homeowners to register and receive up to $35,000 in mortgage assistance.

Antoinette Smith, a foreclosure prevention specialist at Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People, or ESOP, a nonprofit HUD-certified housing counseling agency in Cleveland, called the program a lifeline for Ohioans who are struggling to stay in their homes. She said that includes “anyone who has experienced loss of income, who has become unemployed, who may have had a death of a wage earner in the home, divorce, disability, who may have experienced excessive medical bills from an illness.”

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