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Economic development, a renewal grant to promote the business district, infrastructure projects, and a lower crime rate were among the highlights of Northwood Mayor Ed Schimmel’s State of the City.

“As we move forward, my message for 2017 is one of optimism. But this optimism cannot take shape without hard work ahead,” said Schimmel.

The city started the year with a positive general fund carryover, a 20 percent increase in income tax collections, and a 2 percent decrease in general expenses, according to Schimmel. The city also approved a balanced budget, and projected general fund revenue to be even healthier “due to the seeds we continue to plant on the economic development front, coupled with our devotion towards a lean government,” said Schimmel.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved a new pay scale for the office of mayor and members of council.

The raise does not take effect until the next election for mayor and members of council.

The mayor, whose current annual salary is $23,000, will see a raise to $32,500 on December 1, when the mayor is sworn in.

All seven seats on council used to be up for re-election every two years. That changed in 2012, when voters agreed to change the City Charter and make them four year, staggered terms. Three council seats will be up this November. After the election, the three will receive $10,000 annually, up from $9,000, with the president of council getting $11,000 from $10,000. All seven members of council following the election of 2019 will have their annual pay increased to $12,000, with the council president getting $13,000.

Five major developers over the past 15 years have promised the East Side a bustling Marina District on the Maumee River. None have delivered.

“A lot of promises have been made on that property. None of them made by us,” Scott Carpenter, director of public relations for the Metroparks Toledo, recently told members of the East Toledo Club at its monthly luncheon. “We’ll follow through.”

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold what it is calling an “availability session” on March 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for residents in the Luckey area to view plans for cleaning up the former Brush Berylium plant.  

The session will be held at the American Legion Post 240, 335 Park Dr.

Members of the administration and school board of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District remain convinced there is a need for a new classroom building to meet the educational and security needs of today.

 However, after listening to residents following the defeat of a bond levy last year in August to finance a new building, a levy request planned for the May ballot is being scaled back.  The board has agreed to place a 4.35-mill bond issue on the May 2 ballot to fund the construction of a new K-7 building on a 13-acre parcel adjacent to Oak Harbor High School.

Memorial Day

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