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Oregon in the next two weeks will be negotiating to purchase a building on Navarre Avenue across from Pearson Park for a senior center.
The First Insurance Group Building at 4350 Navarre Avenue has up to 13,500 square feet. Approximately 6,500 square feet will be devoted for senior activities.
“We think it’s an excellent location for our seniors,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley. “It’s centrally located, it’s visible, it’s an attractive property, it’s in excellent condition, and it has the spacing and room size that will allow us to meet our senior needs.”
Members of the Senior Advisory Committee have been meeting every couple of weeks since April, 2014 to discuss and decide the best options for distributing revenue from a new 0.5 mill five year senior levy for Oregon seniors, which was passed last November.
RV parking draws complaints
The Lake Township trustees heard from Police Chief Mark Hummer at their Nov. 5 meeting that a tougher enforcement of zoning regulations is planned as he follows up on complaints in the Moline area of the township.
He described problems with parked vehicles violating zoning rules as a recurring situation “like dandelions in the spring.”
The township has been accumulating evidence of the violations, he said, and will be sending letters to residents.
“It’s been a problem over there in Moline but it’s become more noticeable elsewhere,” he said after the meeting. “We’ll try to work with the people but we may have to take it up a notch.”
For more than three decades, Kurt Erichsen, vice president of environmental planning at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, has been coordinating the efforts of public and private entities in implementing environmental programs.
He shares his thoughts about algal problems in the western basin of Lake Erie.
After four weeks of voting, Magee Marsh has been chosen Best Birdwatching Area in USA Today’s 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Award Contest.
Voters were asked to select their favorite from a long list of birdwatching areas. Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) launched a major social media campaign to remind people to vote every day. “Birders love Magee,” said Kimberly Kaufman, BSBO’s executive director. “We didn’t have to tell them who to vote for, all we had to do was keep reminding them to vote every day.”
Following the defeat of a levy request for additional tax revenues, the Genoa school board will meet Tuesday to discuss the district’s financial situation.
Voters in the Ottawa County school system earlier this month rejected an emergency levy that would have generated an additional $800,000 annually. The unofficial vote tally was 1,351 for, to 1,662 against, according to the county board of elections.
Treasurer Bill Nye said a 5-mill operating levy that was first approved in 1990 expires at the end of next year, making the district’s financial picture a little more complex
“I’m working on four or five scenarios to present to the board,” he said. “We do have an unofficial cost reduction list that we will most likely be talking about. There are a few options we can look at.”
A five-year forecast of the district’s finances projects it will end this fiscal year on June 30, 2015 with a balance of about $1.3 million. Without additional revenues or reductions in expenditures, the balance drops to about $500,000 by June 2016 and it becomes a deficit of slightly more than $500,000 by June 2017.
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