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Voters in Ottawa County will see a mix of competitive and non-competitive races when they go to the polls Nov. 3 to elect office holders in area villages and townships.

In Clay Center, a new mayor will be elected as incumbent Robert Purney steps down. Mark Franks, a member of village council, is the only candidate.

John Weber, the incumbent clerk-treasurer, is also unopposed.

One of the first actions the incoming village council will take will be to advertise to fill vacant seats.

There are two open seats but no candidates, according to the ballot certified recently by the county board of elections.

They mayoral race in the Village of Elmore is also non-competitive, with incumbent Matthew Damschroder the only candidate.

Because they sit just outside the village limits, Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko is asking Lake Township trustees to consider declaring two properties on Drouillard Road as nuisances.

In a Sept. 10 letter to the trustees, Mayor Kolanko said village residents have approached him about the properties and “how they present an eyesore to both our communities.”

The properties are located at 30854 and 30848 Drouillard Road.

The mayor’s letter includes photos that show the houses with boarded up windows and doors, and overgrown weeds.

“These properties are in severe ‘nuisance’ condition,” the mayor writes. “I am sure you are aware of these properties, but wanted to bring to your attention as the severity, health hazard and blighting condition only increase. The family who owns these properties also owns property in the Village of Walbridge. We are currently addressing that property as a potential blighted/nuisance property. If needed, and with (village) council support, I will look for the property to be razed, removing the blight and increasing safety for the residents.

Thanks to the settlement of a federal lawsuit, Toledo Public Schools’ reprimands concerning lifelong Oregon resident and TPS employee Terrence Reeves have been removed from his file.

Terry Reeves

The lawsuit stemmed from a front page article about Reeves, a Bowsher high school athletic director, published in The Press on March 17, 2014. Reeves spoke to Press contributing sportswriter Mark Griffin, who wrote a front page feature headlined, “Councilman breaks up fight: Athletic director’s job description didn’t include this.”

The issue — whether Reeve’s First Amendment rights were violated when TPS reprimanded him for not referring his comments to the communications office first. Those reprimands were dismissed in a settlement reached July 8, 2015 between TPS and the Toledo Federation of Teachers, the union that filed the lawsuit.

“I’m very happy. I knew that it was going to work out OK,” Reeves said.

Oregon City Council on Monday agreed to pay Gerken Paving, Inc., $217,746.90 more than the contracted amount of $1,036,424.55 for unexpected costs in this year’s road program.

“We had a very generous roads program this year,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “We made no secret of the fact that we would try to expand that and any chance we had to get as much distance of road repaved as we could, depending on what time there would be left in the calendar year and what money would be left at our disposal. This does represent a change.”

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here are two excerpts from his blog, which you can follow by going to and clicking on the icon on the upper right:

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