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Eastwood now focuses on building improvements
The Eastwood administration will be assembling a panel to map out a plan for improvements to the district’s elementary buildings, superintendent Brent Welker said Wednesday after voters rejected a local bond issue that would have leveraged state funds for a new school.

“Now that we are going to be in these buildings for the foreseeable future, we will be looking to put a group together to look at how we can best work to extend their useful life,” he said. “The goal will be to develop a plan and a cost analysis for making needed improvements to the infrastructure of each building.”

Voters last week said no to a 2.64-mill bond levy and an 0.75-mill permanent improvement levy that would have been used to construct and maintain a new elementary school on the central campus.

According to unofficial results of the Wood County Board of Elections, 2,154 (59.1 percent) voted against the levy and 1,489 (40.8 percent) voted for it.

A $475 million Great Lakes restoration initiative expected to be signed by President Barack Obama, could help fund an “Eco island” that would eliminate open lake dumping of dredging from the Toledo shipping channel.

The island, or habitat restoration unit, would create an area for fish spawning, birds and other habitat and would be observed by tourists visiting the restored Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, according to Sandy Bihn, Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper.

“A lot of money will be coming into this area in the next federal fiscal year,” said Bihn. “There are 16 agencies that will oversee the funding and what can be done with it. We believe that a project that eliminates open lake dumping, a practice many of us have opposed for years and contributes to the algae problem in the lake, will keep the waters from being so muddy and will be better for the fish and its habitat.”

Many landowners with property enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program have been surprised this year to see their values have significantly increased – in some cases more than doubling.

Now landowners in Ottawa and Sandusky counties can learn why.

A workshop to discuss rising CAUV property values, sponsored by Ottawa County Auditor Jo Ellen Regal and Sandusky County Auditor William Farrell, will be held Nov. 12 in the multipurpose room at Riverview Healthcare Campus, 8180 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.

The workshop begins at 7 p.m.

The auditors have invited Larry Gearhardt, Director of Local Affairs for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, to discuss updates in the state’s data used to determine CAUV land values.

The Oregon school board on Wednesday voted 4-1 against placing another 5.95-mill 10-year emergency levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.

School board member Diane Karoly was the lone vote in favor of the levy. The deadline for the board to finalize a levy in November was Nov. 20.

The board had received considerable feedback from the community since voters defeated a 5.95-mill 10-year emergency levy by a nearly three to one margin on Aug. 4.

The district faces a $1 million budget deficit by June 30, 2011.

Oregon Mayor-elect Mike Seferian said “good dedicated supporters” helped propel him to victory in unseating incumbent Mayor Marge Brown on Tuesday.

“I learned some things from the last election,” said Seferian, an independent who lost to Brown in 2001. “I allowed my friends to help me.”

Voter turnout was strong, with nearly 7,300 voters showing up at the polls. Seferian, who is currently on council, received 4,459 votes, or 61.17 percent of the vote, while Brown received 2,831, or 38.83 percent of the vote. Seferian beat Brown in each of the city’s 19 precincts.

“My supporters networked throughout the neighborhoods and communities for me. I didn’t realize I had such friends so dedicated – I think they were more emotional than I in this race,” he said.

“When I was feeling the heat, or pressured, they showed up at my work or house just to hang out,” he added. “They wanted change, and were willing to take a chance on me. I didn’t win this, they did.”