After years of on-again, off-again work, Oregon City Council last week approved the city's updated master plan for development.
Perhaps the most significant change from the previous plan, which dates to 1995, is along Navarre Avenue, which now is designated for commercial activity from one end of the city to the other.
Before the vote, Councilman Jerry Peach moved to defer the matter to the next meeting, explaining he had just learned of a Nov. 8 memo from city Administrator Ken Filipiak regarding the plan that he had not yet read.
However, council members Sandy Bihn, Paul Lambrecht, and Steven Kusian wanted to proceed. The vote to adopt the update was 6-0, with Mr. Peach abstaining.
Afterward, Mr. Kusian, who chairs council's economic development committee and leaves office at year's end, offered a piece of advice. He said the update process languished because no deadline had been set. He recommended one be established next time.
In other business, council authorized paying $23,100 to Scott B. Bernhard to provide real estate acquisition services for the Big Ditch enclosure project along Stadium Road.
Mr. Bernhard will acquire easements for the project, which will run from Seaman Road to Bay Shore Road and is part of Oregon's storm-water master plan.
The Big Ditch consists of 8,600 feet of open ditch along Stadium's west side and 4,600 feet of enclosed storm sewer.
The project is designed to eliminate chronic flooding andincrease public safety by removing eroding ditch banks along the road that are a potential hazard to vehicles. Many driveway culverts along the road are in poor condition and restrict flow. The open ditch will be improved and a new storm sewer will be installed from Seaman to Bay Shore.
Council also approved a contract between the Oregon Police Division and the Sylvania Township Police Department for participation in a countywide drunken-driving crackdown. Sylvania Township is the lead agency. Overtime worked by officers will be financed by federal grant money.
Council also adopted a resolution requesting Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Chris Korleski to end the practice of open-lake dumping of dredged materials and asking him to create an island for dredge-spoil disposal in western Lake Erie.
The resolution notes that Wisconsin and Minnesota have banned such dumping and that open-lake dumping degrades water quality.
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