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Northwood City Council recently rejected an ordinance that would have removed a proposed municipal income tax increase from the November 2 ballot.

Council had previously approved placing a .25 percent city income tax increase for three years on the ballot, which would bump up the income tax rate from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent if approved. Weeks later, Councilman Ed Schimmel had asked the city’s attorney to prepare legislation that would remove the proposal from the ballot.

At a recent meeting, council, by a vote of 5-2, defeated the measure. Schimmel and Council President James Barton voted to remove the proposal from the ballot.

“We do need this levy,” said Councilman Mike Myers. “The people have the right to go out and vote yes or no. Give people the opportunity to vote for it. If they turn it down, they turn it down.”

Councilman Dave Gallaher agreed.

“If the income tax is taken off the ballot, or if the income tax is left on the ballot and not approved [by voters], then the option would be to keep cutting personnel until we get to the point where we can’t…operate as a city anymore. To me, that’s not an option.  That’s more like giving up and throwing your hands in the air. We should be looking at moving this city forward. To do that, we’re going to have to turn the tide and do something. I think we owe it to the residents to let them know how important this is, and give them the opportunity to support the city.”

Council has made deep budget cuts and layoffs in the last two years as a result of the economic recession.

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John Solfalvi, Curtice, checks out some
of the bikes at the 14th annual Grub 'n
Suds, Elmore.
Becky Brown, of the motorcycle group Women in
the Wind, displays some of her merchandise.
(Photos by Ken Grosjean)

Jockey Ed Schimmel rode the Miracle League’s “Speedy” to a come-from-behind first place photo finish in the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce Charity Derby Horse Race Wednesday night at Oak Shade Grove.

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Laurie Durrant and Tia Meyer of Bay
Park Community Hospital with their
horse "Wot's Up Doc."

About 75 people arrived for the stick horse stakes race, which accompanied the chamber’s annual steak roast.

Along with hundreds of dollars raised through raffles and a silent auction for three other charities designated by the chamber, six horses were auction for a total of nearly $1,000. The three horses with the top auction value were entered into the derby.

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Village council is expected to approve a contractor Monday for its 2010 streets repaving project.

Genoa Village Council will review the hiring ordinance once village staff, including Village Administrator Garth Reynolds, speaks to the contractor. They were expected to do so last Thursday.

Four bids were opened and one contractor was the low bidder, coming in around $102,000, Reynolds said. The engineer’s estimate was $109,500.

Reynolds, in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon, would not name the contractor until his administrative team had a chance to talk to the principals of the company.

“They are relatively new to this,” Reynolds said of repaving work. “What they primarily were before was a sealing company. We just want to sit down and talk and make sure we are all on the same page regarding what needs to be done.”

The project involves six streets across the western Ottawa County village and an alley.

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An Elmore man faces five counts of felony charges after being arrested last week for offenses stemming from involving a minor in sexually oriented material.

Shaun Harder, 24, 19089 W. State Route 51, was arrested by Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon after being indicted by a county grand jury.

Law enforcement officials said the indictment comes after a nine-month investigation into allegations Harder engaged in “inappropriate overtures” to a minor by sending pornographic and explicit material to the alleged victim by computer and text messages.

Harder, who was fired in March from the Elmore Police Department, faces charges of:

• Two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance. A second degree felony.

• Two counts of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. A fifth degree felony.

• Tampering with evidence. A fifth degree felony.

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