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Oregon City Council, following a public hearing on Monday, approved a zoning change for commercial truck storage at 2159 and 2163 Arkansas Street.

Jerry Watson, owner of the property, had applied for a Special Use Exception (SUE) in an R-2 Medium Density Residential District for commercial trucks storage.

The Oregon Planning Commission on Aug. 18 voted 4-1 to recommend that the application be approved with four conditions:

• Storage is limited to two vehicles;

• Screening with a 25-foot setback, as recommended by the Project Review Committee;

• The removal of two of four commercial trucks currently on the property within a six month period;

An ordinance that may lead to changes along Main Street in the Village of Walbridge had its first reading Wednesday by village council.

The ordinance authorizes Mayor Ed Kolanko to purchase property at 705 Main for $100,000.

The parcels are at the site of the Main Street United Brethren Church, which has been using the building primarily as office space and for events after moving to a new facility on State Route 795 in 2007.

“We’re following our normal procedures on this,” Kolanko said Thursday. “We’ll have three full readings. We’ve had some good discussions and it seemed like everybody is on board as far as council goes.”

Area municipalities, counties and townships were among the 850 public entities in Ohio to be awarded funds from a settlement that resolves an anti-trust lawsuit the state filed against Cargill Inc. and Morton Salt Inc. over past pricing of rock salt used to de-ice roads.

Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the disbursement of funds Thursday. His office filed a lawsuit against the companies in 2012, contending they colluded to divide the rock salt market in Ohio and agreed not to compete for public contract bids from 2008 to 2010.

The companies admitted no wrong doing but agreed to pay $11.5 million to resolve the case just days before a jury trial was to start, according to DeWine’s office.

About $6.8 million was available to local governments.

A public forum to discuss the financial situation of the Woodmore Local School District has been scheduled by the board of education for Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

The forum will be held in the cafetorium of the PreK-8 Building, 800 Main St., Woodville.

The results of an audit of the district’s books by accounting firm, Julian & Grube, are among the items for discussion,

Board president Steve Huss, who chair’s the board’s finance committee, said he’ll also review the district’s recent five-year forecasts.

Earlier this year, the board retained Julian & Grube to review accounting statements.

Huss said the firm’s report covers the district’s finances through May 30.

Members of the Woodmore school board agreed Tuesday by a 4-1 vote to a payment of $29,000 to Cara Brown, a Woodville resident, who filed a lawsuit alleging the board repeatedly violated Ohio’s open records and meeting laws.

A settlement was reached in July by mediation in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Board president Steve Huss cast the sole no vote.

In addition to the payment, the board has undergone a training session by the Ohio School Boards Association and OSBA will monitor future board meetings.

Jeff Chambers, a spokesman for the OSBA, said two staff members of the association were present at Tuesday’s meeting.


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