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In the final days before the Nov. 3 election, Ken Gilsdorf found some of the issues he faced as a member of Walbridge Village Council would be confronting him as a newly-elected Lake Township trustee.

Gilsdorf, who was the top vote-getter in a three-way race for a seat on the township board of trustees, said last week that many township residents he met while passing out campaign flyers told him they were concerned about the parking of recreational vehicles in residential neighborhoods.

“The RV issue, parking. When I was going door-to-door I found people in the unincorporated area of the township were talking about that,” he said.

Village council last month heard the first reading of an ordinance that places limits on RV parking at residences.

In the township, the problem is more noticeable in the Moline area, Gilsdorf found as he campaigned.

Blighted properties are also on residents’ minds, he said.

The township is considering a policy to deal with complaints about nuisance properties that is similar to one in place in Allen Township. If a property is determined to be unsafe and structurally defective, a letter informs the owner of the township’s intent to raze the building. The owner is entitled to a hearing but must file a request for a hearing within 30 days of the day the notice was mailed.

Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko recently sent a letter to the trustees asking them to consider declaring two properties on Drouillard Road as nuisances. The properties, located at 30854 and 30848 Drouillard Road, sit just outside the village limits but the mayor said village residents have approached him about the properties.

To prepare for his work as a trustee, Gilsdorf has been reading sections of the Ohio Revised Code that pertain to townships.

Two years remain on his council term and Gilsdorf said he plans to submit his resignation during village council’s first meeting in December.

With two new members taking office in January, one of council’s first actions will be to name his replacement.

Mayor Kolanko said council will have 30 days from the time Gilsdorf steps down to fill his seat. If the five councilmembers are unable to reach agreement, the decision will be made by the mayor.

Tamra Williams, with 425 votes, and Ryan Weaver, 394 votes, won seats on village council. Breanna Hernandez, 362 votes, was third, according to unofficial results.

Council incumbents Loren LaRoe and Fred Sloyer didn’t seek another term.

Kolanko said he and council will be focusing on a smooth transition in the purchase of property at 705 Main Street, the former site of Main Street United Brethren Church, which has been using the building primarily as office space and for events after moving to a new facility on State Route 795 in 2007.

The administration plans to move village offices to the building.

“The building itself is in really great condition,” he said. “There is not much that really needs to be done for us to move in.”

 

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