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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.

A 3.95-mill operations levy for the Oregon City Schools District was passed by a big margin on Tuesday. The victory was a big win for the district, which had been unsuccessful in getting an operations levy passed since 2008.

Out of a total of 7,986 votes cast, 4,992, or 62.51 percent, were in favor of the levy, and 2,994, or 37.49 percent opposed, according to unofficial results of the Lucas County Board of Elections.

Last year, the district tried to get a 5.9-mill levy passed, but voters defeated the measure. This time, the board decided to reduce the millage in an effort to get it passed. That, along with budget cuts, may have been the key to success this time.

“We were able to reduce millage, and explained the cuts we made,” said school board Vice President Jeff Ziviski. “I think that went a very long way.”

The Ohio Township Association is asking its members to provide data on their costs for maintaining and repairing roads in their jurisdictions as the association prepares to lobby the state legislature on bills to fund roads.

In its October 30 legislative alert, the OTA asks township officials to provide information about the costs of maintaining roads over the past decade:

• What did it cost in 2005 and 2015 to drag one mile of a gravel road?

• What did it cost in 2005 and 2015 to chip seal one mile of road?

• What did it cost in 2005 and 2015 to pave one mile of road?

• What did it cost in 2005 and 2015 for one ton of salt?

A familiar face was the top vote getter in the Oregon City Council race while a long-time incumbent was defeated for re-election on Nov. 3.

Sandy Bihn, executive director of the Lake Erie Waterkeepers Association, received the most votes and was elected to a four year term on council. She was one of eight candidates vying for four seats.

Bihn, of Bayshore Road, was previously elected to council in 1983 and 2005. She was also elected clerk auditor in 1987.On Tuesday, she received 3,205 votes, or 15 percent, of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Lucas County board of elections.

Bihn, 68, attributed her win, in part, to her high profile work on water issues, particularly in the wake of the three day tap water ban due to a toxic algal bloom in Lake Erie last year.

A former member of the Ottawa County Board of Commissions is back on the board.

Mark Stahl was appointed to the seat recently vacated by Steve Arndt.

Stahl will fill Arndt’s unexpired term through Jan. 1, 2017.

A former Allen Township trustee, Stahl was elected to the board of commissioners in 2008 in a race for the seat held by Carl Koebel, who retired from the board.

Stahl lost his bid for re-election in 2012 to JoEllen Regal, who was county auditor at the time.

Regal and Jim Sass are currently on the board.




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