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Getting down on ‘The Farm’

Friday night, at near full capacity, John C. Gray’s “Farm” was rocking to the music from the OHS Marching Band.  The young and old clapped and danced to the music.

Council votes down 5.5-mill levy renewal

In what was described by Councilman Bill Duncan as “a $333,000 gift to Oakwood taxpayers,” the Oakwood City Council unanimously voted not to renew the 5.5 mill property tax levy. The levy will expire in January of 2009.

“This is the first tax reduction voted on in the history of Oakwood,” said Councilmember Stanley Castleman. “It’s the right thing to do.” The council considered Oakwood’s financial status long and hard and decided that such a measure was both prudent and sound.

“We have adequate reserves,” Duncan said, citing that the city took in over $10 million in estate taxes this year and was making money on various investments. “Now, if lawmakers vote to cancel estate taxes here in Ohio, we’ll be coming back for a big tax increase,” Duncan said.

New Finance Director Cindy Stafford was formally sworn in by Mayor Judy Cook with her family sitting in the audience and watching the proceedings.

New Finance Director Cindy Stafford gets sworn in by Mayor Judy Cook with City Manager Norbert Klopsch looking on.

Mayor Cook outlined the Centennial Ice Cream Social celebration to take place on Sunday, Aug. 17. The event will be taking place at Mack Hummon Field at Oakwood High School instead of Shafor Park this year. There will be the usual chicken dinners, ice cream and good company, but there will also be the added bonus of a talent show featuring Oakwood’s most talented citizens performing for the crowd. The finale of the Centennial event will feature the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight in concert.

A representative of the Five Rivers MetroPark visited and gave an update on the various doings at Hills and Dales Park. Three separate areas of the park are undergoing renovation to the tune of over $2.5 million.

White Oak Shelter will be getting two new shelters and a restroom facility, a drinking fountain and improved parking; Dogwood Camp will be undergoing the largest change with a pond/pavilion area and a shelter house; Paw Paw Camp will be getting a new picnic area, improved parking and an erosion control effort at the base of the stone tower south of Paw Paw Camp. The estimated completion date will sometime in the Spring of 2009.

Deputy City Manager Jay Weiskircher gave his report, citing among other items that plans to tear down the apartment house at Orchard Drive will provide 35 additional parking spaces for customers in the Shps of Oakwood area. The final plan will be presented to the Oakwood Planning Commission on Aug. 13 for   passage.

Also mentioned was that the Eichelberger building on Park Avenue will be undergoing a facelift.

City Manager Norbert Klopsch announced that the formal dedication of the Centennial bridge at Centennial Park and Houk Stream will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16.

The next formal meeting of the Oakwood City Council will take place on
Sept. 15, 2008.

Andrews Hall of Honor luncheon Sept. 19

Retired Oakwood educator Richard Grigsby will be inducted into the Sam Andrews Educational Hall of Honor on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. Mr. Grigsby taught Social Studies at Oakwood Junior/Senior High School from 1981-2003. Mr. Grigsby resides in Oakwood.

A luncheon will be held at The Mandalay Banquet Center at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 where Mr. Grigsby, as well as previous recipients of the award, will be honored. The public is invited to attend the luncheon (cost is $15). To make reservations please call the Board Office at 297-5332 by Wednesday,
Sept. 3.

On Friday evening (Sept. 19) at 6:45 p.m., prior to the home football game with Eaton, Mr. Grigsby will be present at the Alumni Terrace on the southwest corner of Mack Hummon Stadium to meet with friends and colleagues. A brief ceremony will be held prior to the start of the game.

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