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Public hearing


        Oregon City Council will conduct a public hearing at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 in council chambers at 5330 Seaman Road for a Special Use Exception.

        Council will review Application SUE-155-18 for a Special Use in an R-1 Low Density Residential Zoning District for the purpose of raising livestock. The applicant/owner is Joseph Hemminger. The property is located at 647 North Stadium Road.

Design Review


        Oregon’s Architectural Design Review Committee has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for review of the architectural requirements requested at 2601 Navarre Avenue. The meeting will be held in Council Conference Chambers located in the City of Oregon Municipal Building, 5330 Seaman Road, Oregon, Ohio.

Ohio EPA Award

        Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler recently presented Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Level awards at the Agency’s Compliance Assistance Conference in Columbus. Ohio’s E3 Program recognizes businesses, nonprofits and government agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence. Platinum Level is the highest level award. Platinum recognizes organizations that have expanded their environmental programs beyond their own facility to make a positive impact on the surrounding community.The E3 program also provides Gold, Silver and Achievement levels of recognition. An organization can work through levels of recognition including Achievement at the base level; Silver Level recognizing outstanding accomplishments in environmental stewardship; and Gold Level recognizing comprehensive environmental stewardship programs. All levels require a commitment to meet or exceed environmental regulatory requirements.

        A Platinum Level award was issued to General Motors Toledo. The General Motors Toledo transmission operation plant manufactures and assembles GM’s six-speed and eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and six-speed front-wheel-drive transmissions. The facility is landfill-free and has a 90 percent recycling rate. GM works to reduce the mass of its transmissions through part casting and transmission design to increase the fuel efficiency of its vehicles. Increased fuel efficiency also produces environmental benefits. Reducing the casting mass increases manufacturing efficiency, requiring less energy to machine and produces less metal waste. Aluminum chips from the facility go to another GM plant to be reintroduced into its foundry, increasing manufacturing efficiency. GM reduced carbon emissions by 33.6 percent in 2017. GM plans to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy sources by the end of 2018 through its rooftop solar, wind power purchase agreement and use of landfill gas in its boilers. GM Toledo actively manages six acres of its land as a natural habitat and has provided funding to support The Nature Conservancy and metroparks tree planting. GM also holds local educational events to promote household recycling and support pollinators such as the Monarch butterfly.

Angel Tree project

        Christmas help for residents of the Woodmore School District is available through the Salvation Army Angel Tree project.

        Applications are available at local libraries and utility offices until Nov 15.

Voting equipment test

        The Ottawa County Board of Elections will conduct a public test of voting equipment Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. The test will be held at the Board of Elections Office, located at 8444 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, in the Veterans Memorial Building.

        Call 419-898-3071 for more details.



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