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City council wants more time to consider rehiring Jim Gilmore, commissioner of the Building and Zoning department, after his retirement was accepted at a meeting on Monday.

Mayor Mike Seferian asked council to approve Gilmore’s retirement effective Nov. 30 but followed that up with a request to reappoint him to the position.

Seferian called his retirement “sudden,” but said it was prompted by “some changes in the benefit package” that the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) provides.

“You had to retire before Dec. 1 to keep some of the benefits,” said Seferian. “So we had spoken with Mr. Gilmore after that and expressed our desire to want to keep him in the City of Oregon for about three years to continue on with completing some of the goals we had set up to accomplish in the inspection department. So we have come up with appointment conditions, one of which would be he would come in at a pay range of $10,000 less than what he was getting prior to Nov. 30.”

Hunters checked 65,485 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2014 gun hunting season, Dec. 1-7, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Rifles using specific straight-walled cartridges were allowed during Ohio’s deer-gun season and hunters took advantage of it and checked 5,360 deer with the cartridges.

Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far (Dec. 8) in all 2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the same point last year. Hunters harvested 75,408 deer during the 2013 deer-gun season.

Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were above their target numbers. In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward the goals set by the state. Once a county’s deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population.

Andrew MacRitchie, 28, of Northwood toyed with the idea of quitting smoking for some time but he knew he needed a little something extra to motivate him if he was going to stick it out and quit for good.

“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while, mainly health reasons. It was really starting to take a toll. I’ve smoked for almost 10 years now and it was time to quit,” explains MacRitchie.

“For the last two years I said I have to quit soon but I would kind of stop for a couple days, then start back up then stop for a couple days then start back up. But November 4th I said, `It’s official. I’m done.’ I put my foot down. There was nothing that happened right around November, I just decided why not now,” he added.

For extra motivation, MacRitchie decided that he would quit smoking for the month of November and use all of the money he saved not smoking to buy toys for needy children.

Business owner decides to stop pumping service

With new rules for septic systems set to go into effect in Ohio, one business owner says the rules place his company in an untenable position and he’s decided to stop offering residential septage pumping service.

Mick Torok, of N.A.T. Transportation, Inc., Bradner, O., said the rules jeopardize loyalty between his company and its customers and he doesn’t plan to obtain the license for the pumping service after Dec. 31.

The new regulations, he said, place a greater licensing burden on septic haulers such as N.A.T., which will result in higher costs, but they also require haulers to report septic systems not in compliance with the regulations to county health departments.

Torok said the reporting requirements will be a key to locating non-compliant systems.

The Metroparks of the Toledo Area approved spending $5 million to turn 1,000 acres in Jerusalem Township into a wetland.

Howard Farms, which will be the first Metropark to have access to Lake Erie, is located west of Metzger Marsh. When finished, it will be the Metroparks largest park in its system, next to Oak Openings.

The Metroparks board approved the funding as part of its 2015 capital budget. Carpenter said the next step is to put the construction out to bid.

“We’re taking the next step and we’re doing what we said we were going to do, so that is exciting,” Metroparks public relations director Scott Carpenter said. “It makes it official and puts it on the schedule.

“Anything could happen. If the bids come back at $10 million, we’d have to say ‘whoa,’ but we don’t enter those blindly. We know what it should cost, so that puts it on the schedule and we’re off. We’ll get it out to bid as soon as we can, which should be very soon, and get it going.”