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Voters in the Woodmore School District won’t see a levy renewal request on the November ballot.

The school board voted Tuesday to not seek renewal this year of a 5-year property tax that generates $600,000 annually for operations.

The levy will expire in December 2016 but the board last month voted 4-1 to begin the process for placing it on this November’s ballot.

Joe Liszak, a member of the board’s finance committee, cast the sole vote against going on the ballot, arguing that voters in May had rejected the renewal levy and an income tax request. District residents, he said, deserved a clearer picture of the school system’s financial situation before the board opts to go to the ballot.

A total of 443 entered this year’s Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) – held in Camp Perry’s historic Hough Theater and Viale Range during the 2015 National Trophy Rifle Matches.

The clinic is designed for new and experienced shooters alike. Beginners learn the basics of marksmanship and competition shooting, while the more advanced will have the chance to learn more specific instruction on how to improve their skills.

D.J. Maier, 36, and his wife Keiko, 34, of Lake Villa, Illinois, participated in SAFS for the first time. D.J., a former Marine, had been to the matches before but hadn’t returned since 2000. His wife, who he met in Japan while he was stationed there, is totally new to the shooting game – but with the help of the SAFS instructors, she was able to catch on quickly.

“She did fine today. I think it’s something we’re going to do from here on out,” DJ said. “She’s new to it. She’s from Tokyo…for her to come out here, really her first time to pick up a highpower rifle – she was shooting 9’s and 10’s, so the instruction had to have been awesome. She did very well.”

A public meeting to discuss changes to the state’s Current Agricultural Use Valuation tax formula is scheduled for Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at Oak Harbor High School.

Ottawa County Auditor Lawrence Hartlaub said he planned the meeting to inform the public about recent changes in the program adopted by the Ohio Department of Taxation.

Rick Hoffman, of Local Government Services, LLC, will discuss the changes.

“The Ottawa County Auditor’s office has worked with Mr. Hoffman for a number of years on matters related to real estate taxation, valuation and budgeting,” Hartlaub said. “We will tap into his knowledge of the CAUV formula to explain the many recent changes to the formula and the future of the CAUV program.”

In a span of about 30 hours over June 26 and 27, approximately 6.5 inches of rain fell in the Woodville area. All of this rain in that amount of time caused area streams and rivers to flood quickly. The Portage River crested at approximately 13.71 feet. This was by no means a record for the area as there was a crest of 14.66 feet that was recorded in 2008. The highest recorded crest of all time was 17 feet in 1913.

The deluge threatened Woodville’s 73rd Annual Fourth of July Celebration, forced committee members to implement Plan B and strategize a Plan C for future celebrations.

With water covering Trailmarker Park, the festival site, less than a week before July 4th, many wondered if the annual celebration would go on. Rene Dix, committee co-chair, said the committee wondered if the water would go down in time, would the ground dry out enough to have fireworks on Friday night and would the river smell go away by the weekend.

Oregon is about to begin Phase 3 of the sanitary sewer rehabilitation project to reduce infiltration and inflow (I&I) of storm water into the sanitary sewers.

Phase 3, which will be mostly funded by a low interest loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), consists of lining sanitary sewers to eliminate sewer overflows. The city applied for the loan in April.

Oregon council in June approved a $1.9 million contract with Performance Pipeline, of Ottawa, Illinois, for Phase 3. The bid was much lower than the city’s $3 million cost estimate for the project.

Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Projects Phases 1 and 2 have already been completed. Phase 3 includes the rehabilitation of mainline and lateral sanitary sewers in the Euclid Park, Old Eastmoreland, and Valley Park areas and the lining of 56 manholes.

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