Voters in the Ottawa County villages of Elmore and Genoa will have a chance to meet candidates who will be on the November ballot.
A Meet the Candidates forum for Elmore, Harris Township, and the Woodmore school board will be held Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Elmore Community Center, at the corner of Toledo and Clinton streets.
Seven persons are vying for four open seats in the village council race: Rick Claar, Christopher Crozier, Matthew Damschroder, Robert Eickel, William Kieffer, Mark Koenig, and James Krumnow.
There are no candidates for one open seat on the board of public affairs.
In Harris Township, five candidates are in the run for two seats on the board of trustees: Carol Baker, Bill Brockmeyer, Andrew Haar, Steven Holland, and Kenneth Neeb.
Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Woodmore school board: Julie Bowman, Chadwick Bringman, and Edward Magsig.
Organizers of the forum said the public will be able to submit relevant questions. A moderator will ask the questions and each candidate will have an allotted time to answer.
In Genoa, the Chamber of Commerce and village churches are planning a candidates night on Oct. 20 at the community ministry center, 303 W. Fourth Street.
The forum will start at 6:30 p.m. with a social time for the public to meet the candidates. At 7 p.m., unopposed candidates for office will be allowed to introduce themselves as will representatives of ballot issues.
In Genoa, 10 candidates are in the race for four seats on village council: Brian Best, Steven Bialorucki, Carroll Bigelow, David Brown, Dave Fryman, Eric Hise, Jennifer Kreager, John Lewis, Betsy Slotnick, and Raymond St. Marie.
In Clay Center, only two candidates are running for council: Sharon Wachter and John Willard.
The race for two seats on the Clay Township Board of Trustees is also uncontested with Donald Hoeft and Matthew Widmer the only candidates.
In Allen Township, Craig Blausey, Scott Everhardt, and Daniel Johnson are vying for two seats on the board of trustees. Ernest Cottrell, Jr. is running unopposed for a seat with an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2011.
James Brossia, Alan Brown, and Mitchell Hoyles are the only candidates for three seats on the Genoa school board.
Voters in Elmore and Harris Township will also decide four local issues.
In Elmore, a 2.5-mill, 3-year property tax levy used for street repairs and a 3-mill, 3-year levy for solid waste collection will be up for renewal.
Harris Township voters will decide a 1-mill, 5-year levy renewal for operating expenses and an additional 1.5-mill, 5-year levy for fire department operations.
Voters in the Genoa school district will decide a 5-mill, 5-year operating levy up for renewal and Woodmore voters will decide a $19.5 million, 6.97-mill bond issue that will be used for constructing a new elementary school.
The Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, which encompasses the villages of Clay Center and Genoa and Harris and Clay townships, is asking voters to replace a 5-mill continuing levy for operating expenses.
Traffic safety grant
The Ohio Department of Public Safety has awarded a traffic safety grant of $33,097 to Lake Township to pay for 700 hours of overtime police patrols.
The grant will be used in federal fiscal year 2010, Chief Mark Hummer said.
“These funds are critical to ensuring that we are doing everything possible to keep our community safe,” he said. “Based on crash data, we have identified State Routes 51, 795, 20, 579 and I-280 and all township roads to apprehend dangerous traffic violations as a priority for Lake Township and are pleased to work with our partners at the state level to address this safety issue,” Chief Hummer said.
The funding is passed through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The chief said township traffic data show that from 2006-2008 there were 60 crashes related to failure to yield, speeding, and impaired driving that resulted in severe injuries and eight fatalities.
The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education will meet Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the board office at 11685 W. State Route 163. There will be an executive session to discuss personnel issues.
Project enters Rice St.
A sewer project along Rice Street in Elmore will be entering the downtown business district phase as early as Oct. 12, village officials said.
There will be no parking in the business district during this phase of the project.
The village and the Harris-Elmore Fire Department have coordinated alternative routes for the duration of the project.