Voters in Elmore will decide two levy renewal requests Nov. 6 but the village administration isn’t planning any major projects with either.
A 3-mill, 5-year levy used for operating expenses is up for renewal as is a 2.5-mill, 3-year levy for maintaining roads and bridges.
Mayor Lowell Krumnow said the village has started construction of a new sewer treatment plant and a back-up electrical sub-station and those projects are the priorities of his administration for the time being.
“We’re looking at routine maintenance for the roads,” he said. “There is never enough money for streets but we’d hate to put more of a burden on the taxpayers.”
The village began looking at options for a back-up power system in the summer of 2011, when residents had to rely on a mobile substation transformer for electrical power while village officials assessed the damage to a transformer located at the corner of Nissen Road and State Route 51.
The village was without power for about 60 hours after the unit was apparently struck by lightning.
Work has also begun on the second phase of a major improvement to the village treatment plant that includes a new pump station.
Other Ottawa County villages and townships with issues on the ballot are:
• Benton Twp. – renewal of a 0.5-mill, 5-year levy for cemetery maintenance.
• Village of Genoa – renewal of a 1.3-mill, 5-year levy for maintaining Veterans Memorial Park.
• Village of Oak Harbor – renewal of a 5-mill, 5-year levy for road maintenance.
• Salem Twp. – renewal of a 0.8-mill, 5-year levy for cemetery maintenance.
Voters in the Woodmore School District will decide a 3-mill, 5-year permanent improvement levy that is up for renewal.
The millage amount is 0.5-mill lower than when the levy was originally passed but the school board pledged to lower the millage if voters approved a bond issue to finance the local share of construction costs for a new elementary school building.
To qualify for state funding for the project, the district also had to approve a 0.5-mill maintenance levy for the new building.
The 3-mill improvement levy will generate about $425,000 annually, according to Kevin Slates, district treasurer.
There are only three contested county-wide races on the Ottawa County ballot. Incumbent commissioner Steve Arndt is being challenged by John Huffman and commissioner Mark Stahl is being challenged by JoEllen Regal.
Incumbent coroner Jerome McTague is being challenged by Dan Cardigan.
Gary Kohli is the only candidate for the clerk of courts office and incumbents David Brunkhorst, county engineer; Mark Mulligan, county prosecutor; Virginia Park, county recorder; Steve Levorchick, county sheriff, and Robert Hille, county treasurer, are unopposed.