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Northwood Council voted 5-1 to make the full-time fire chief position part-time at a meeting on July 7.

Administrator Dennis Recker will now interview candidates for the position, then make a recommendation to Mayor Mark Stoner on a final candidate.

Council had questioned the need to hire a full-time chief to replace former Chief Tim Romstadt, who resigned his full-time position earlier this year. Council has advertised for a full-time chief, but had also been considering hiring a part-time chief that would save the city money.

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Oregon City Council last Monday approved the bid of Henry W. Bergman for part of its 2011 Road Program.

Bergman, of Genoa, submitted a total bid of $330,130 for the road program, which is broken down into three projects.

Project 1 includes micro-surfacing with base repairs of Lallendorf Road from Corduroy Road to Parkway Road; Project 2 includes milling, resurfacing and spot base repairs for Schmidlin Road from Navarre Avenue to Pickle Road; and the next project includes the following:

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Four companies have submitted contract bids for road repairs in Lake Township.
 
Township trustees opened the bids Tuesday for improvements to Isch, Ayers, Latcha, and Lakehurst roads but didn’t award a contract. Instead, the trustees directed Dan McLargin, roads supervisor, to review the bids and submit a recommendation at their next meeting.
 
Bidding for the work were Geddis Paving & Excavating, Toledo; Bowers Asphalt & Paving, Walbridge; Gerken Paving, Napoleon, and Shelly Co., Maumee.
 
Gerken submitted the lowest bids:  Isch Road - $33,835; Ayers Road - $85,669; Latcha Road - $96,017, and Lakehurst - $33,489.
 
Shelly Co. didn’t submit a bid for the Lakehurst project.
 
In related business, the trustees authorized the expenditure of $1,022 for additional asphalt for repairs to Wagoner Road.

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Northwood City Council last month was reluctant to place on the November ballot a recommendation by a citizens’ panel to reduce the number of council seats to five from seven.
 
As a result, the issue will not meet the deadline with the Wood County Board of Elections to be on the fall ballot.
 
It was one of two recommendations made by the City Charter Review Committee to revise the current city charter. The other recommendation is to remove from the charter a section that limits military duty for council members to 45 days before they would lose their seats. Another section in the charter that deals with vacancies has more flexibility when a member of council is called up by the military.
 
“The committee felt there is a provision already in the charter that deals with vacancies for council members,” Councilman Dave Gallaher, who chairs the committee, said at a June 26 council meeting. “They felt the 45 day limit on council members serving in the military was almost a penalty. There is no wriggle room at all. Basically, our charter says if you’re gone for 45 days, you’re done. Your seat is vacant. So if someone was called to active duty for two months, they would not be on council any longer.”

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TGIM?
 
True, not too many of us actually look forward to Mondays – circle Monday, July 18 on your calendar because that’s the day the 2011 Ottawa County Fair kicks off.
 
The 47th annual fair will run from July 18 through Sunday, July 24 at the county fairgrounds, located about 2.5 miles east of Oak Harbor on S.R. 163.
 
Billed as Ottawa County’s “Action Fair,” this year’s fair will feature such grandstand events as:
 
• Harness Horse Racing July 18 and 19;
 
• IPRA Professional Rodeo presented by Wagon Wheel Rodeo Co. July 20;
 
• Demolition Derby July 21;

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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