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Terms and Conditions

City Auction Policy

This Auction Site will be handled in a similar matter as most auction sites.  

TERMS:   Awarded bids notifications will go out initially by email.  Two attempts will be made to contact the awarded bidder, initially by email, otherwise by phone.  Items are as-is condition unless otherwise stated. in the Additional Terms and Conditions for each item.  Payment:  Cash, Cashier's checks or Money Orders only. Delivery:  Items must be picked up at The City of Oregon Administration Building, 5330 Seaman Road, Oregon, Ohio 43616 unless otherwise stated in the Additional Terms and Conditions no later than 3 days after the acceptance of bid.  All item will be picked up on first-come, first-served basis.

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Engineering

Sidewalk Program

The City of Oregon has implemented a Sidewalk Program to improve existing sidewalks that are in need of repair or replacement. Per Section 909.02 of the Oregon Codified Ordinances, "Every owner of any lot or parcel of land shall keep and maintain sidewalks now or hereafter constructed along all streets adjoining such land in good order and repair and free from nuisance."

Objective

Improve the overall condition and quality of the existing sidewalks to provide a safe pathway for pedestrian travel in the City of Oregon.

Read more: Sidewalk Program


Community

Oregon Branch Library

There are many programs and events being offered this summer. Check them out here!

BoomFest

Saturday, July 2nd
Oak Shade Grove
3624 Seaman Road
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This is a free service provided by the City of Oregon, however, normal message fees may apply to your cell phone. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities. Notifications are dependent upon external providers (phone carrier, cell phone, email). The City of Oregon cannot guarantee notifications will be received by the intended recipient. By registering  you will not receive unsolicited calls, and neither the City of Oregon, Lucas County, nor its system vendor sells the contact number database. Please check the sign up on Oregon Alerts for more information.


City Council

City Council

 
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Council members from L to R: Steve Hornyak, Jim Seaman, Sandy Bihn, Dennis Walendzak, Kathy Pollauf, Tim Zale and Terry Reeves
 

Regular monthly meetings of Council are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 8:00pm in Council Chambers at 5330 Seaman Rd.

Committee of the Whole meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. All meetings are open to the public.

Click here to view and search through a complete set of codes and the City Charter.

Clerk of Council: Tina Evans

Committees of Council
Elected Term: December 1, 2015 - November 30, 2019 (Sandy Bihn, Kathleen Pollauf, Tim Zale, Steve Hornyak)
Elected Term: December 1, 2013 - November 30, 2017 (Dennis Walendzak, James Seaman, Terry Reeves)

 

Drainage, Roads, Buildings & Lands
Dennis Walendzak, Chairman
Tim Zale
Steve Hornyak
Finance
James Seaman, Chairman
Sandy Bihn
Kathleen Pollauf
Economic Development & Planning
Steve Hornyak, Chairman
James Seaman
Tim Zale
Public Utilities & Environmental
Sandy Bihn, Chairman
Dennis Walendzak
Terry Reeves
Recreation & Parks
Terry Reeves, Chairman 
Steve Hornyak
Dennis Walendzak
Safety (Police & Fire)
Tim Zale, Chairman 
James Seaman
Kathleen Pollauf
Water & Sewer
Kathleen Pollauf, Chairman
Sandy Bihn
Terry Reeves
 

 


General Questions

Can I get a special inspection?

Yes. A special inspection without the submission of plans is permitted for a limited number of small projects. An example of a special inspection would be a temporary pole mounted electrical service. A special inspection still requires a permit and requires the successful completion of an inspection. Please check FAQ's to review more detailed instructions regarding special inspections.

Can I get a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for my project?

Yes. Life safety issues (ie. electrical systems, fire protection systems and plumbing systems) need to be addressed prior to requesting a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) permit.  A TCO has no cost, but requires successful completion of at least the life safety issues and structural inspections before issuance.  If you should have any further questions, or wish to inquire about the suitability of a TCO for your project, you may contact our office at 419-698-7071, or contact your inspector.

How do I get my Certificate of Occupancy?

You must notify the Building Department at least 5 days prior to your intent to occupy and schedule final inspections.  Once your plans have received full approval and your project has successfully completed ALL final inspections, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued automatically.

What is the difference between the Ohio Basic Building Code and the Oregon Building Code?

The Ohio Basic Building Code (OBBC) applies to construction for all buildings or structures except 1, 2 and 3 family detached dwellings and is usually referred to as the commercial code. The Oregon Building Code or the OBOA 1,2&3 Family Dwelling Code applies to residential 1,2 & 3 family dwellings and their accessory buildings.

When is a Certificate of Occupancy required?

When the occupancy type of a building is changed or when an addition or new building is completed, a Certificate of Occupancy must be obtained before the structure can legally be occupied.

May I fax an application or plans?

Yes, an application may be faxed with payment by credit card, if plans are required.

When is the best time to call for an inspection?

Staff will take inspection request calls anytime and can usually arrange a time with you.  There should be 24-hour notice before inspection time.  Inspectors are usually available for consultation and appointments from 8:00 am - 9:00 am or 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm - Monday thru Friday.

How soon can I start my job?

You may begin construction once your project has received a partial or full plan approval. A partial plan approval allows you to build only to the point outlined in your correction letter. For example, if you have received a partial plan approval for footings/foundation, you cannot build beyond that point.  A correction letter and partial approval permit are issued to indicate the limits of work authorized and what additional information is required for final approval.

How long is a permit valid?

All permits expire by limitation if work has not begun within twelve months from the date of permit issuance or when the work has been discontinued for six months. However, if the owner requests a renewal prior to the expiration of the permit, the permit can be extended for an additional twelve month period for a fee. For a wrecking permit to remain valid, demolition must begin within 120 days.

Where do I apply for a permit?

All applications for permits are accepted at the permit desk in the Building & Zoning Inspection Office in the east wing of the Oregon Municipal Building located at 5330 Seaman Road.

When are plans required to be certified by a registered engineer or architect?

Plans and associated construction documents for new construction and major alteration work for buildings and structures regulated by the Ohio Basic Building Code are required to be prepared by an Ohio registered architect or professional engineer.  Residential work may also be required to be sealed by an architect or engineer if such work is extraordinary in nature or is an alternative to the strict interpretation of the code.

How many plans do I need when applying for a permit?

The minimum for commercial and industrial projects is four (4) sets of sealed construction drawings and six (6) sets of site and utilities drawings along with your application.  For residential projects the minimum is three (3) sets of construction drawings and three (3) sets of site and utilities drawings along with your application.  You must also submit at least one (1) model energy report for every project, and one (1) site drainage permit.

The reason for a delay in the issuance of a certificate of plan approval and permit is the submittal of incomplete plans.  In order to insure a timely review of your plans, please review the submitter checklist prior to the initial submission of your plans. Find the plans review check list in OBBC Section 4101:2-1-19 for commercial projects or Ohio Residential Code Book Section 106 for residential. 

The City of Oregon Building & Zoning Inspection Department has jurisdiction in that they are a local certified building department for state of Ohio projects.  Please check with your Lucas Co Health Department regarding areas which do not have public sewer and/or public water.

Alterations: (decks, signs, awnings, retaining walls, sheds, interior demolitions, etc.) 
3 sets of plans
1 set of site plans

Kitchen Hood Fire Suppression, Fire Alarm & Sprinklers: 
4 sets of plans and cut-sheets
4 sets of hydraulic calculations if applicable.

Swimming Pools: (in-ground and above ground) 
1 set of plans
1 set of site plans

Tents: 
1 set of plans
1 set of site plans
1 copy of certificate verifying fabric is flame resistant

Parking Lots and Excavation and Fill: 
3 sets of grading & elevation plans plus
2 sets of storm water calculations for site plans

Demolition:
No plans necessary. A separate application describing the structure to be demolished is required.  Also required is an inspection of the sanitary sewer kill and the water line termination.

What do I need to submit to obtain my permit?

You need to submit a permit application, the fees due, a minimum number of set construction drawings (plans) and specifications.  For any property that has a septic system or private well, you will also need a pre-plan approval (pink slip) from the Lucas Co. Health Dept.

What are the permit fees based on?

The permit fee for new buildings and additions, either commercial and residential, are based primarily on the square footage of construction using the fee schedule contained in Section 1361 OMC.  The Fee schedule is a grid based on the complexity and size (square footage) of the project.  A chart that allows you to compute your fees are not part of the building permit application form but is available upon request.  In order to issue a correct permit and certificate of occupancy, it is necessary for you to fill out all of the sections on the application form.  There is some work and some structures that do not relate to square footage and in those instances the permit fees are valuation based.  Other permit fees are based on the flat rates of work done as shown on each application form.

When filing building plans, the minimum fee due is $50.00 for zoning on any project plus a minimum plan examination fee of $60.00 for any OBBC work.  This makes up part of the fees due at application and must be paid at the time the plans are filed.

What types of work requires a permit?

A permit is required for all major repairs, alterations, new buildings and additions, most excavation and filling of land, swimming pools, ponds, installations of signs, sanitary and storm sewer installations, sidewalks, driveway approaches and paved parking areas greater than 800 square feet in area.  Permits without plans are also required for alteration or replacement of heating equipment, air conditioning equipment, boilers, plumbing system or any changes in the electrical systems.  Routine maintenance or minor work, both defined in the code, can generally be described as flat work on grade, painting, wallpapering, siding, replacement windows (no size change), or re-shingling roof and similar work which typically does not require a permit.

The following work does require a zoning permit but is exempt from building permits:

  • Storage sheds, located in a rear yard of a single family dwelling in accordance with the Zoning Code, which are not greater than 200 square feet in area and not taller than six feet in average height.
  • Play equipment not greater than 12-1/2 feet in height that is not enclosed and not provided with electric or heating equipment.
  • Changes in the occupancy of a building or tenant space.

Why do I need a permit?

City ordinance specifies that a permit be issued when work is to be performed on a structure. The resulting inspection may uncover shoddy work, faulty materials, deviations from plans, or violations of the code that could result in unsafe or hazardous conditions for you, your family, your employees or the general public.

The code also requires an investigation fee equal to and in addition to their regular permit fee when work is done without a permit.


Residential Repair

How long does it take to get a permit?

Most repair permits can be processed for the next business day and applications normally take less than ten minutes to complete.  Permits requiring plans that must be reviewed take more time, but the permit desk strives to issue permits promptly.  Normal turn around is 5 days for residential sets and 10-14 days for commercial sets.  You will always have some response, even a rejection, within 30 days of the date of submission.

Does the city want to inspect the soil before I dig the hole?

Soil inspections are performed after the hole is dug, immediately prior to the placement of the concrete for the footers.  The "hole" must be the required depth, below the frost line in most cases, which is 36-inches below grade.  The soil at the point of termination must be original material, not fill, and must be clean and dry.  If the plan calls for reinforcing steel, it must be in place at the time of the inspection.

Must I have a survey performed to install a fence?

There is no requirement to have a survey prior to the installation of a fence.  However, a survey is highly recommended to insure against any charge of infringement upon a property line by adjoining property owners.

Which side of the fence (good or bad) does my neighbor need to face toward my yard?

The building department has no jurisdiction over the aesthetics involved in the installation of the fence. Accepted practice has been to present the "good" side of the fence to the adjoining property, so as to allow the appearance to be fully appreciated by the individual looking "in" at the property on which the fence has been installed.

How many layers of roofing may be applied before layers must be removed?

New roof coverings shall not be installed without first removing the existing roof coverings as follows.  Whenever the existing roof is water soaked or deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable as a base for additional roofing, or when the existing roof covering is wood shake, slate, clay or cement tile, or when the existing roof has two or more layers of any type of roofing.

When do I need plans?

Plans are required to accompany all permit applications except for minor repairs or as otherwise approved by the Commissioner of Building and Zoning Inspections.

When do I need a permit?

Except when doing minor repairs, a permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, relocate or demolish a structure or building equipment installed therein; or to change a structure to another occupancy, or to excavate or fill an area in excess of five feet in vertical depth, or 100 cubic yards per each 5000 square feet of site area.  Included are pools, ponds and overflow and site drainage plans.


Code Enforcement

How do I obtain an extension of time for compliance with orders from the Building Department?

Short extensions of time, in order to comply with orders, are based on the progress of the repairs, efforts made to comply and may be granted at the discretion of the district inspector after consulting with his/her supervisor

How do I put my rent in escrow?

Either the Legal Aid Society, the Oregon Municipal Court system or your attorney can provide the information outlining the process of rent escrow.  Legal consultation is highly recommended.

If I tell my landlord about problems with my apartment and they fail to make the repairs, can I not pay my rent?

Any failure to pay rent can be grounds for eviction. Any recourse on your part should only be done after seeking legal advice.

Can I remain anonymous?

Anonymous complaints can only be accepted on conditions that can be viewed and identified from areas that are accessible to the general public.  It is preferred that you provide a name so the city may follow-up with "action taken reports."

How do I file a complaint against my neighbor?

Complaints can be filed by writing the Building and Zoning Inspection Department and identifying the conditions which are alleged to be in violation of the various codes. Complaints can only be accepted on the conditions which can be seen from the public areas, or which the complainant can legally provide access to view.

What are my options when I receive notice of violation or an order to make repairs on property I own?

The first option would be to abate the violation or comply with the required repairs.  Another option would be to appeal any order that you do not think is not applicable to your property. The third option would be to ignore the orders and accept further enforcement actions, such as criminal prosecution or civil fines.


Electrical Inspections

What are the latest changes to the National Electrical Code?

2008 NEC Effective residential changes:

  • 210.4(B) Handle-ties are required on breakers serving common neutral (multi-wire) circuits.
  • 210.4(D) Wires of Multi-wire circuits shall be grouped (such as wire-tire) where entering from conduit into a panel if these are not a cable assembly.
  • 210.8(A)(2) Exceptions 1 and 2 (removed) Single receptacles are freezers and other receptacles in Garages are no longer exempt from GFCI.
  • 210.8(A)(3) Exceptions 1 and 2 (removed) Single receptacles at sump pumps and other receptacles in unfinished basements are no longer exempt from GFCI.
  • 210.12(B) AFCI protection (most likely in the form of circuit breakers) are required for outlets and lighting, smoke detectors, etc in:  Family rooms, dining Rooms, Living Rooms, Parlors, Libraries, Dens, Bedrooms, Sunrooms, Recreation Rooms, Closets, Hallways, or similar spaces.
  • 210.52(E)(3) All decks 20 sq ft or larger require receptacles.
  • 250.94 An external ground bar of a least 3 lugs or spaces is required to be mounted on or near the meter sockiet for the purpose of providing a ground for the telephone, cable, or others.
  • 406.11 ALL receptacles involved in or on a residential property are required to be tamper-resistant. (to include detached garages, shed, pole structures, swimming pools).

Does a receptacle for the laundry equipment always require a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)?

No, only if there is a laundry-tub located in the laundry room, GFCI is required for any receptacles outlets in the room. 2008 NEC 210-8.

In a four story apartment building is non-metallic sheathed cable (romex) approved?

Romex is allowed, in general, in wood construction as per National Electrical Code (NEC 2008) 334.10.  Excluding assembly-type uses (over 50 persons).

Can three wire (SEC) be used for a circuit to a range, oven, or dryer?

No. Thttp://oregonohio.quantum-coders.com/administrator/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=1352#editorhe 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) 250-140 states it is required that a four wire cable to these units is used.

Can I upgrade a service and relocate the service drop?

Yes, however, service drop locations must be approved by the Toledo Edison, Engineering Operation Department before the customer begins work.  Consult Toledo Energy/FirstEnergy regulations, Section 305 of the Edison Service Handbook, or call the Edison toll free at 1-800-447-3333.

How much does a permit cost?

Permit costs are based on per unit size and type of work done on the property. Please call 419-698-7071 for a quote or see the permit form.  Forms are now available from the City of Oregon Web Site.

When do I need an Electrical permit?

A permit is required for installation of electrical wiring or equipment in any building, structure or premises, alterations made in any such existing installation including service upgrades.  Permits are not required for minor repair work, including replacement of lamps or the connection of portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.

Are Electrical contractors required to be licensed?

Yes, an Electrical contractor's license is required to do all electrical projects requiring a permit and inspection.  The only exception to the licensing law is in a single-family residence. The resident owner may do the electrical work on his owner residence after obtaining the required permits. The homeowner is not exempt from using licensed contractors for work on rental property or commercial property owned.


HVAC Inspection

Is combustion air always required to be piped in from the outside?

No, in an unconfined area where the inspector determines there is enough infiltration or room volume is sufficient, piping in of combustion air is not required.

Are unvented gas-fired space heaters permitted in the City of Oregon?

Yes, in 1, 2, and 3 family dwellings provided they are equipped with an oxygen depletion sensor.  Also they must follow manufacturer's installation instructions for separation from combustibles & other ventilation requirements.  No other types of unvented equipment is permitted.  Some models are restricted from installation in bedrooms and bathrooms.

How far from the property line is an air conditioning condensing unit required to be set back?

There is no set back requirement, but it must be on the property it serves.  Recommendation for any mechanical equipment is 10'.

Are all chimneys required to be lined?

Yes, with either tile or an approved chimney liner, depending on the appliance(s) that is being served.

When do I need an HVAC permit?

A permit is required for any new and replacement heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment or systems in all buildings.

How much does a permit cost?

Permit costs are based on per unit size and type of work done on the property. Please call (419) 698-7071 for a quote or see the permit form.  Forms are now available from the City of Oregon Web Site.

Are HVAC contractors required to be licensed?

Yes, a HVAC contractor's license is required to do all HVAC projects requiring a permit and inspection.  The only exception to the licensing law is in a single-family residence. The resident owner may do the HVAC work on his owner residence after obtaining the required permits. The homeowner is not exempt from using licensed contractors for work on rental property or commercial property owned.


Plumbing Inspections

Is PVC plastic pipe approved for use in commercial buildings?

PVC plastic pipe is approved for use in all plumbing systems; however, it is considered to be a combustible material and must be properly fire stopped. PVC pipe shall not be used when other piping materials are specified on the prints.

Who inspects the water service from the main to the building?

The Building Inspection Department inspects the water service from the water main to the water meter. Only the plumbing inspector inspects the water distribution system after the meter.

When is a kitchen grease interceptor required?

A kitchen grease interceptor is required on all fixtures which are grease producing. Specifically, in a restaurant where there is a three bowl sink and a dishwasher.  Normally, the food prep sink is not grease producing.

What is the maximum temperature setting for a shower valve?

120 degrees Fahrenheit or 49 degrees Celsius is the maximum temperature setting for a shower valve installed after July 1, 2007.

When is a thermal expansion control device required?

A thermal expansion control device is required when a backflow prevention device, check valve, or pressure-reducing device is installed in the cold water system to a water heater.

What is the maximum water pressure allowed?

When the normal water pressure on any branch line exceeds 80 PSI or the specified limiting pressure of any fixture or appliance connected thereto, a water pressure-reducing valve shall be installed.

When is the best time to call for an inspection or talk to a plumbing inspector?

Staff will take inspection calls anytime and can usually arrange a time with you.  Inspectors are usually available for consultation and appointments from 8:00 am - 9:00 am or 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm - Monday thru Friday, except holidays.

How much does a permit cost?

Permit costs are based on per unit size and type of work done on the property. Please call 419-698-7071 for a quote or see the permit form.  Forms are now available from the City of Oregon Website.

When is a plumbing permit needed?

A plumbing permit and inspection is needed whenever you install a new plumbing fixture, replace a plumbing fixture including water heaters; install, alter, repair or make any connection with any potable water distribution pipe, house or building sewer or building drain, soil, waste drain or vent pipe or any plumbing system pipe or plumbing appurtenance connected thereto. This includes the storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water service outside the building inside the property line. No permit or inspection is needed to clean out drain lines or replacement of washers, faucets, valves or repairing existing fixtures.

Are plumbers required to be licensed?

Yes, a licensed plumber is required on all plumbing projects requiring a permit and inspection.  The only exception to the licensing law is for the resident homeowner.  The resident owner may do the plumbing work on his owner residence after obtaining the required permits. The homeowner is not exempt from using licensed contractors for work on rental property or commercial property owned.


Sewer & Septic Systems

Do I need to get my septic system or well approved before I apply for permits?

Yes.  Every permit application, on property not having sanitary sewer, must be accompanied by a Pre-Plan Approval (pink slip) from the Lucas County Health Department.  Approval forms (pink slips) can be obtained by calling the Lucas Co. Health Dept. at 419-213-4100.

How much does a permit cost?

Permit costs are based on per unit size and type of work done on the property. Please call 419-698-7071 for a quote or see the permit form.  Forms are now available from the City of Oregon Website.

Are sewer contractors required to be licensed to work in Oregon?

Yes, a licensed sewer contractor must be licensed and is required on all sewer projects requiring a permit and inspection.  There is no exception to the licensing for sanitary sewer contractors.  Unlike other work, the resident owner may not do the sewer work on his own residence, rental property or commercial property he owns because the work is in the public right-of-way and connects to a public utility line.


Police

How do we start a Neighborhood Block Watch?

Contact the Community Policing Section of the Oregon Police Division at 419-698-7102.

What Happens if a Police Officer Stops Your Vehicle?

Why did you stop me? The first question an Officer usually hears.

Moving violations are the most common reason a vehilce is stopped.Some exmaples include speeding offenses, failure to stop at a red light or stop sign, failure to use a turn signal, or not having a child properly restrained.

Registration or Equipment Violations are other reasons a vehicle may be stopped by an officer.  The laws governing driving privileges consist of several hundred pages.  It is not uncommon for a driver to be in violation of the law without knowing it.  This is why police departments occassionally issue courtesy warnings.

Courtesy of Safety Concernsare other reasons an officer might stop your vehicle.  For instance, your trunk may be open or something might be hanging from under your vehicle.

Steps to follow if you are stopped.

Stop your vehicle as far out of the lane of traffic as possible.

Stay in your vehicle and turn on the interior light.  Good lighting assists good communications.  Relax and remain in your vehicle.  If you leave your vehicle you subject yourself and the officer to the dangers of traffic.

Keep your hands in view, preferably on the steering wheel.  Wait for the officer to request your license, registration and proof of insurance.

Police Officers are trained to ask for identification first and provide an explanation second.  First, provide the proper documentation.  Then, give the officer a chance to explain the reason you were stopped.  Providing your documentation will simplify and speed up the process.  Remember, most often the officer is in uniform with a name tag displayed.  You have the advantage of knowing with whom you are dealing.  Extend the courtesy by providing the requested information without argument.

If you do not agree with the citation, or the officer's demeanor, do not argue at the scene.  All cictzens have the right to question their citation before a judge.  Every Police Dept. has an internal affairs system in place to investigate citizen complaints.

Why do the Officers sit in the car so long?" What are they doing?

The Officer is verifying your driving privileges and vehicle registration status through a statewide computer system.  Many other Officers may be trying to gain access to the same system.  When dealing with computers, delays can be expected.

My Neighborhood seems to be crime free. Should we start a Block Watch?

Remember, just because a neighborhood appears to be crime free does not make it immune from crime.  Criminal activity knows no geographic boundary. Crime is not the only issue that detracts from a neighborhood's quality of life. The police division provides liaison and service to insure the community quality of life standard.

I've been involved in an accident on private property. What do I do now?

The police will not take a report of an accident that occurs on private property in most circumstances.  You are required by law to exchange information with the other party involved.  You can come to the Oregon Police Dept. at any time to fill out your own accident report. 

If it's only a minor offense, why did two officers show up?

Officers in the vicinity frequently back each other up without being requested.

Won't this program just result in a lot of unnecessary calls to the police?

No.  Remember that this is your neighborhood and you are the best judge as to what may or may not be normal activity for your neighborhood.  It is better to let trained Police Officers make the determination even if your call turns out to be a false alarm. Block Watch participants receive instruction on what constitutes a real emergency as opposed to something that requires routine police attention.

Can I leave notice with the Police Division if I'm going to be out of town?

Yes, you can contact the Records Bureau and fill out a security/vacation watch form.  This information is then passed along to the road patrol division units during roll call so that they aware that nobody will be at your home during this period. 

Why did the Officer sneak up along the side of my car?

Police Officers are trained to minimize their exposure to traffic and therefore reduce the likihood that they will be injured.

Who conducts the Block Watch Meetings?

The initial Block watch meetings are conducted by the Community Policing Officers who are well trained and experienced in crime prevention techniques, organizational skills and community leadership.  Once the plans are laid volunteers are needed to get the program started and to keep it moving in the right direction.

How do I contact the Oregon Police Detective Bureau?

Call 419- 698-7057.  If you are unable to contact a Detective at that time you should leave a message.

If I have a complaint about an Officer, who do I contact?

You can call the Duty Sergeant at 419- 698-7054, the Uniform Lieutenant at 419- 698-7103, or the Assistant Chief of Police at 419- 698-7059.

How do I get a Police Report?

You can stop in at the Oregon Police Records Bureau, Monday thru Friday, until 4:30 pm or call 419-698-7052.  Having information such as date and time, names or type of report is helpful.

How do I file a Police Report?

Oregon Police will respond to any location in the City of Oregon to take a report.  Contact the Police Dispatch on the non-emergency line at 419-698-7064 and an Officer will be dispatched when available.  If you have an emergency situation dial 911 and stay on the line if possible.  Reports may be taken at the Police Station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  (Note: this does not insure quicker response times as officers are typically dispatched to the station for these reports.

You may choose to make a report through the Telephone Reporting Unit (TRU).  The TRU is accessed by contacting dispatch as above.  Instead of having an officer come to you, you can ask that the report be made via telephone.  You can then choose any time between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday (excluding holidays) for the records clerk to contact you.  This can be done through any local phone number.


Streets

What can I do if my mailbox is damaged during plowing?

Call the Oregon Street Department at 419-698-7016.

Why is the end of my driveway plowed in?

Snow comes off the plow blade towards the City right-of-way, including driveways.  If you hire someone to plow your drive, please have them wait until the street has been plowed.

When will my street be salted?

There is a nationwide shortage of rock salt.  Oregon received half the amount of salt ordered.  Currently only major streets and intersections will be salted.

In what order are Oregon streets plowed?

The order for snow plowing in Oregon is:  major streets first, then secondary streets, then subdivisions.

What do I do with leaves in the Spring?

There is no Spring leaf pick up. Leaves may be bagged for Waste Management pick up.  Do not rake leaves into the street where they could clog storm sewers.

When does leaf pick-up end?

Based on the weather, leaf pick-up normally ends the middle of December.


Sidewalk Program

Can my entrance walk be replaced under this program?

No, only sidewalk in the public right of way can replaced under this program. Moreover, the City can not be responsible for inspecting and/or guaranteeing the quality of any “side deals” made between the property owner and any contractor to construct\replace entrance walks.

If the City makes the repairs, what are my payment options?

Following completion of the work by the City, an invoice will be mailed to you for the assessment based on the dimensions of actual work completed, interest, advertising, legal, administrative, and inspection fees associated with the project.

You will have the opportunity to payoff the assessment in full within 60 days of notice or over a two-year period (with interest added) on real estate tax bills.

For additional information contact the Assessment Department at 419-698-7012.

Would it be cheaper to hire a contractor myself?

All City contracts must include provisions for contractors to pay employees the “prevailing wage rate” as established by the State of Ohio Department of Labor. The prevailing wage requirement can, but not always, result in unit prices higher than what you might be able to contract privately for similar work.

In addition, the assessment will include interest, advertising, legal, administrative, and inspection fees associated with administering project.

If the City makes the repairs, how much will it cost?

A You will pay for the actual quantity of work performed on your property by the City’s contractor based on the contract unit prices along with interest, advertising, legal, administrative, and inspection fees associated with the project. 

The City estimates that it will cost between $6.50 to $8.50 per square foot.

If I do not make the repairs, when will the City perform the work?

After the given time frame for property owners to make repairs, a contractor hired by the City following a competitive bidding process would perform the proposed work. The actual work would most likely be performed in late summer into fall. A notice will be provided to property owners prior to the actual work starting.

How can I tell if the concrete in my sidewalk is in good condition?

Visually inspect the surface of the sidewalk for any hairline cracks, flaking, pitting, scaling or spalling of the concrete.  If any of these deficiencies are noted, an evaluation should be made as to the severity to determine if it is best to replace the concrete slab.

In addition, the concrete should be sounded to evaluate its condition for any delaminations.  Delamination is a horizontal splitting, cracking, or separation of a slab in a plane roughly parallel to, and generally near, the upper surface.

Sounding is a technique to evaluate the condition of hardened concrete by striking the surface with a hammer.  Sound concrete will exhibit a clear ringing sound, whereas dull or hollow sounds indicate delaminated areas.  Another procedure to sound concrete would be by dragging a chain over the concrete surface.  Again, dull or hollow sounds indicate delaminated areas, whereas solid concrete would exhibit a clear ringing sound.  In most cases, if any delamination is detected, the concrete should be replaced.

If I replace a slab marked with an "O" will the City reimburse me for this expense?

Not if tree removal is required, otherwise contact the Department of Public Service.

Do all slabs marked with a white letter need to be removed and replaced?

Not in all cases.  Concrete removal and replacement is the traditional method for sidewalk repair when the damage is so extensive that alternative methods are not enough to make the necessary repairs.  Today there are a wide variety of sidewalk repair technologies available that, when implemented correctly, can result in major savings of both time and money.

In some instances if the sidewalk concrete is in good condition and there is only a vertical misalignment along the seam between slabs (See Stub Toe and Longitudinal Slope in Sidewalk Inspection Criteria) it may be possible to correct the problem by one of the following methods.

1. Concrete Raising (Slabjacking):

Concrete raising is a repair method that lifts concrete sidewalk slabs back to their original position by pressure injecting cement or non cement material under the sidewalk.  Holes are drilled through the slab and grout is injected to raise the concrete slab or to fill the voids under them. Although it is less costly than replacement, it is only effective on sunken sidewalks.  There are many contractors that specialize in performing this type of work.

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This is a good alternative when the sidewalk concrete is in satisfactory condition with no cracks or structural defects.  One draw back to this method is the greater the slab needs to be adjusted the greater the possibility of the slab settling in the future.

2. Concrete Grinding: 

before_afterConcrete grinding is a relatively new technology used to remove trip hazards in concrete walkways by reducing slight protrusions on a concrete surface by removing a thin layer of concrete.  After grinding, the surface is left even on both sides with a gradual slope instead of a dangerous edge.

Concrete grinding is a good alternative if the lip (stub toe) between concrete slabs is between 1/2" to 1".

3.  Repairing Cracks, Gaps, or Pits in Your Sidewalks

If your sidewalk slab is cracked, pitted or there are gaps between slabs that have been identified as the only problem with the sidewalk and the remaining concrete is in good condition it may be possible to correct the problem without replacing the concrete by simply filling the cracks, pits, or gaps.  See the following for information related to this repair method.

 

Contact the Department of Public Service at (419) 698-7047 to determine if your sidewalk could be repaired by any of these methods or for additional information related to these items.

A sidewalk permit is only required for the replacement of sidewalks. The permit can be obtained through the Building and Zoning Department.  You may only hire a contractor registered, licensed and bonded with the City of Oregon to repair or replace your sidewalks.  A list of licensed sidewalk contractors can be obtained through the Building and Zoning Inspection Department

Who can I hire to make the repairs?

You may only hire a contractor registered, licensed and bonded  with the City of Oregon.  A list of licensed sidewalk contractors can be obtained through the Building and Zoning Inspection Department.

Where do I apply for a permit?

All applications for permits are accepted at the permit desk in the Building & Zoning Inspection Office in the east wing of the Oregon Municipal Building located at 5330 Seaman Road.

Building and Zoning Inspection Department
Phone 419-698-7071 or 419-698-6077

Can I do the repairs myself?

Yes, during the given time frame, property owners may perform the required repairs or replacements themselves.  A sidewalk permit is required for the replacement of the sidewalk through the Building and Zoning Department.

Construction of sidewalks must be in accordance with the City of Oregon’s “Rules and Regulations for Construction of Driveways, Sidewalks, and Curbcuts in the Public Right of Way” available through the Department of Public Service or Building and Zoning Department.  No concrete shall be poured without inspection by the Building and Zoning Department.  Failure to get an inspection may require removal of the material.

Can I replace additional sections of my sidewalk in the Right of Way not marked deficient under this program?

The City has limited funding budgeted for the Sidewalk Replacement Program. Until contract unit prices and quantities of work for the program are established, the City cannot commit to any additional replacement of sidewalk through the program.

However, you may contact the Department of Public Service at (419) 698-7047 to be added to a list for additional replacement sidewalk not marked.  After unit prices and quantities of work for the program have been established, on a first come first serve basis the additional sidewalk can be added to the program as funding permits.

Will the City remove a tree that is damaging my sidewalk?

Every effort will be made to preserve trees.  To avoid cutting tree roots or removing trees, the slab replacement may require a change in the sidewalk alignment.

The City of Oregon Tree Commission will be consulted regarding the useful life of some street trees in the right of way.  Street trees in the right of way that are deemed unhealthy or potentially hazardous by the City of Oregon Tree Commission will be removed and replaced with a new tree suitable for the location.

The removal and replacement of any trees outside the right of way shall be at the property owner’s discretion and cost.

Where can I get additional information related to the sidewalk program?

Contact the Department of Public Service at:

5330 Seaman Road
Oregon, OH 43616

Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:30

Phone: 419-698-7047
Fax: 419-691-0241

How are the deficient sidewalk locations determined?

Each year an area of the City will be selected for the Department of Public Service to inspect sidewalks based on the Sidewalk Inspection Criteria.

Sidewalk sections meeting any of the Sidewalk Inspection Criteria will be marked with a white letter denoting the sidewalk deficiency and will be the responsibility of the property owner to repair or replace.  Sidewalk sections marked with a white “O” will be replaced or repaired at the City of Oregon’s expense if it is determined that a tree in the right of way caused the damage.

Why doesn’t the City repair or replace the sidewalk in front of my house?

The Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 723 states that "The legislative authority of a municipal corporation, in addition to the powers conferred by Section 729.01 to 729.10, inclusive, of the Ohio Revised Code, may require, by ordinance, by the imposition of suitable penalties or otherwise, that the owners and occupants of abutting lots and lands shall keep the sidewalks, curbs, and gutters in repair and free from snow and any nuisance."

The City of Oregon, in its Code under Section 909.02 - Duty to Maintain Sidewalks states that "Every owner of any lot or parcel of land situated within the corporation limits of the City shall keep and maintain sidewalks now or hereafter constructed along all streets adjoining such land in good order and repair and free from nuisance.  Furthermore, each such owner shall construct good and sufficient sidewalks abutting the property owned by him as provided in this chapter and the laws of the State".


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2009 Meeting Minutes

2009


Monday, 21 December 2009 Regular Meeting  
Monday, 14 December 2009 Regular Meeting  
Monday, 07 December 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 07 December 2009 Special Meeting
Monday, 23 November 2009 Regular Meeting  
Monday, 16 November 2009 Committee of the Whole  
Monday, 09 November 2009 Regular Meeting  
Monday, 26 October 2009 Regular Meeting
Monday, 19 October 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 12 October 2009 Regular Meeting  
Monday, 05 October 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 28 September 2009 Regular Meeting
Monday, 21 September 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 14 September 2009 Regular Meeting  
Tuesday, 08 September 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Tuesday, 08 September 2009 Special Meeting 
Monday, 24 August 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 17 August 2009 Committe of the Whole 
Monday, 10 August 2009 Regular Meeting
Monday, 03 August 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 27 July 2009 Regular Meeting
Monday, 20 July 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 13 July 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 06 July 2009 Committee of the Whole
Monday, 06 July 2009 Special Meeting 
Monday, 22 June 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 15 June 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 08 June 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 01 June 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 01 June 2009 Special Meeting
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 Regular Meeting  
Monday, 11 May 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 04 May 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 27 April 2009 Regular Meeting
Monday, 20 April 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 20 April 2009 Special Meeting 
Monday, 13 April 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 06 April 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 23 March 2009 Regular Meeting  
Monday, 09 March 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 23 February 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 16 February 2009 Committee of the Whole
Monday, 09 February 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 02 February 2009 Committee of the Whole 
Monday, 26 January 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 12 January 2009 Regular Meeting 
Monday, 05 January 2009 Committee of the Whole


Tax Department

I pay taxes to another city; do I receive credit for this?

Yes. You receive a credit up to the tax rate of the city tax withheld, not to exceed Oregon's tax rate of 2.25%. (Note: Does not include school district taxes.)

Can your office help me prepare my return?

Yes. Our auditors are glad to assist you. We are available from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bring your Federal return and all related schedules along with your W-2's and 1099's to our office.

Where do I mail my return?

City of Oregon

Division of Taxation

5330 Seaman Road

Oregon, OH 43616

If I file an extension, does my payment still have to be made by April 15th?

Yes. An extension only extends the amount of time that you have to file. Your payment is still due by April 15th (or the original due date of the return).

If I file a Federal extension, does that automatically extend the due date for my Oregon return?

No, you must submit a copy of your Federal extension to Oregon on or before the original due date of the return.

I am a business, do I have to withhold on my employees?

Any employer located within or conducting business within the Oregon city limits must withhold and remit Oregon tax. The employer should withhold tax from employees who work or perform services in Oregon. The employer should withhold from employees who live in Oregon, regardless of where they perform their duties, unless tax is withheld for another municipality which has a rate of 2.25% or greater. If the tax withheld is less than 2.25%, the difference should be withheld to Oregon.

I am attending college away from home; do I still need to file as an Oregon resident?

Yes, unless you are no longer claimed as a dependent on your parents' Federal return and you have permanently changed your address.

I am retired, am I required to file an Oregon tax return?

If your only earned income is from Social Security, pension, interest and dividends, you are not required to file. You must file a final return stating that you have retired. If you return to work, any earned income other than retirement income would be subject to tax and a return would be required.

What income is not taxable?

Interest, dividends and capital gains (losses not deductible), military pay and alimony (payments not deductible), Social Security benefits, workers' compensation, unemployment and other government allotments, pensions and qualified retirement benefits, section 125 and 129 benefits, gambling winnings, and income from patents and copyrights.

Who must file an income tax return?

Resident individuals who have earned income are required to file, even when no tax is due. Non-resident individuals who earned income in Oregon that was not subject to withholding by an employer must file. Non-resident individuals who own rental properties or conduct business in Oregon must file, even if no tax is due. Partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations, S-corporations and associations that conduct business in Oregon must file, even if no tax is due.

What is the due date for the Oregon return?

April 15th or 3 months and fifteen days from the end of the fiscal year, or if it falls on a weekend, the first business day after.

What is Oregon's tax rate?

Oregon's tax rate is 2.25%.


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