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Former Oregon Police Chief Tom Gulch said Mayor Marge Brown asked him to resign two months after she had suggested that he promote her son, Officer Jeff Brown, to sergeant.

Gulch made the allegation at a council meeting on Oct. 12.

Gulch said he had just conducted interviews of three officers who were on a promotions list. “Jeff Brown was on that promotions list, and he was at the bottom of the list, the number three officer,” said Gulch. Mayor Brown had stopped Gulch as he passed her in the hallway of the municipal building and asked how her son had done on the interview.

Gulch said he told the mayor that Officer Brown and the other candidates had done well.

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Northwood City Council is expected to vote on whether to cut the salary of the interim zoning inspector at a meeting this month as a result of the poor economy.

Kimberly Grames became the city’s interim zoning inspector after former zoning inspector Heather Sayler accepted a job with the City of Bowling Green last year.

Grames, who was paid an annual salary of $25,000 as Sayler’s assistant, currently makes $43,394 annually, the same salary Sayler made in the zoning inspector position.

The Finance and Economic Development committees weeks ago recommended to council that Grames become the permanent zoning inspector and be paid the same salary as Sayler.

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Costs incurred by the Village of Walbridge for renovating a building and property along Drouillard Road  have a member of council questioning the village’s procedures for such transactions.

Ed Kolanko, a member of council’s finance committee, last week said he became frustrated when bills for the renovation costs came streaming in and soon easily exceeded the administration’s initial estimates.

In March, the village purchased the building and property at 30801 Drouillard Road for $70,000.

The ordinance by council approving the purchase was quickly followed by a motion to approve a lease for the property with Professional Transportation, Inc., which had been located on Main Street but was looking for another site.

As the village began renovating the building, Kolanko said the village administration projected costs would be about $10,000.

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Eastwood school officials are weighing options for possible financing of improvement projects to district buildings and whether to seek voter approval of financing for a new school building.

The school board in early July approved a resolution to apply for Qualified School Construction Bonds. The QSCB program enables districts to sell bonds for projects that improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The bonds are also available to help finance the construction of new buildings through the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC).

Board members last week discussed various bond financing options with a representative of Fifth Third Bank.

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Two area school districts, Woodmore and Eastwood, are on the ballot next month with bond issues that will, if passed, leverage state funding for new buildings.

Voters in the Woodmore School District will decide a 6.97-mill bond levy that would fund the local share of construction costs for a new pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school to be built next to the current elementary school in Woodville.

The total estimated cost of the project is $25.9 million, with the Ohio School Facilities Commission providing about $6.4 million and the district’s share at about $15.6 million. In addition, the district will pay about $3.9 million for additional classrooms and a performing arts center not covered by the OSFC.

Woodmore voters are also being asked to approve an OSFC-required 0.5-mill levy for maintaining the building.

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