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Northwood Councilman Ed Schimmel, who voters on Tuesday tapped to be their new mayor, is already focusing on economic development opportunities for the city.

“Economic development will be my primary focus,” said Schimmel last Wednesday, the day after the Nov. 3 election.

“We first need to address the needs of businesses on Woodville Road if we hope to attract new development there,” he said.

Schimmel, an attorney, said he has a particular insight to the Northwood business community because his law firm is on Woodville Road. As a result, he has been able to address some of the concerns that have prompted businesses to leave.

For the past two years, he has chaired the economic development committee, which has begun the process of addressing economic development concerns on Woodville Road, as well as on the Oregon/Wales Road intersection, which he said is another area of focus.

“With the amount of traffic moving through that intersection, it should be booming,” he said. “The city needs to clean up these areas and fix traffic flow issues to attract more business and customers to these locations.”

Schimmel, 38, beat his opponent, Councilman Randy Kozina, 62, by a wide margin of 932 to 566, or 62.22 percent to 37.78 percent, according to unofficial results from the Wood County Board of Elections.

A member of council since 2008, he attributed his victory to the number of residents who volunteered to campaign for him.

“Word of mouth is probably the most effective way to run a campaign, and I had so many friends, neighbors, and people who I had just recently met willing to spread the work about my vision for Northwood,” he said.

Schimmel will be reducing his workload at his law firm once he is sworn into office.

“My intention is to be in the mayor's office every Thursday, and a half-day at least one day per week. Being self-employed, my schedule is fairly flexible for going to the municipal building as needed. The mayor's job is to provide guidance to the department heads and city administrator on the agenda that is to be advanced. The city has a good set of department heads, and they run the day-to-day operation of the city. I intend on allowing them to complete their duties, but I would expect weekly reports on attainment of goals set for each of their departments,” he said.

Also on Tuesday, voters re-elected Councilman Dean Edwards by a vote of 818, or 23.57 percent. He received the highest vote count of the five candidates vying for three seats on council. Incumbent Councilman James Barton was also re-elected, with 759 votes, or 21.87 percent, the second highest vote count. Voters elected newcomer Daniel Mikolajczyk with 671 votes, or 19.33 percent.

In The Press’s Voter Guide, Mikolajczyk said he would like to see the city hire a full-time economic development/grant writer to work with the administrator to pursue available grants and incentives for current and future business developments. He also said the city should be more business friendly and less restrictive to current and potential future businesses.

 

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