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Northwood Councilman Dave Gallaher will be forming a committee to review the city’s charter. Among the possible amendments: cutting the number of council members from seven to three.

Gallaher came up with the idea at a council meeting this month as a way to save money.

“We’re cutting off the legs of this city, and if we want to save money, it’s very simple,” Gallaher said to council. “Put it to the people and ask them what they think.  The devil’s in the details. We’ll have to work on this a little bit. But there isn’t a department in this city that hasn’t been cut. I’m suggesting that we put it on the ballot and let the people decide how many people they need to represent them.”

A council member’s annual salary is $7,000.

The city has made painful budget cuts and layoffs in the last two years due to a shrinking tax base caused by the economic recession.

Councilman Ed Schimmel said reducing the number on council to three would “be really cutting it close as far as having a quorum.”

“If you said five, I’d probably be fine with that,” said Schimmel.

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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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