Northwood City Council last month was reluctant to place on the November ballot a recommendation by a citizens’ panel to reduce the number of council seats to five from seven.
As a result, the issue will not meet the deadline with the Wood County Board of Elections to be on the fall ballot.
It was one of two recommendations made by the City Charter Review Committee to revise the current city charter. The other recommendation is to remove from the charter a section that limits military duty for council members to 45 days before they would lose their seats. Another section in the charter that deals with vacancies has more flexibility when a member of council is called up by the military.
“The committee felt there is a provision already in the charter that deals with vacancies for council members,” Councilman Dave Gallaher, who chairs the committee, said at a June 26 council meeting. “They felt the 45 day limit on council members serving in the military was almost a penalty. There is no wriggle room at all. Basically, our charter says if you’re gone for 45 days, you’re done. Your seat is vacant. So if someone was called to active duty for two months, they would not be on council any longer.”
The EF-4 tornado that swept through Wood and Ottawa counties on June 6, 2010 destroyed 100 homes, killed seven people, destroyed Lake High School, and forced families to rebuild homes.
Since that night one year ago, businesses along its route have also had to rebuild.
At least four businesses along State Route 795 suffered damage, and a Mexican restaurant sits near the rebuilt Lake Township Administration Building still looking much like it did after the tornado hit.
Since, some businesses have either reopened or gotten back to full capacity, Genoa Banking Company President Marty Sutter said.
“That’s a piece that nobody’s talked about,” Sutter said. “Everybody’s concerned about the individuals and homeowners and the school, but we shouldn’t forget there were a lot of businesses impacted over there. They are reopened and doing well.”
A monument to honor current members of the armed forces from Lake Township and the Village of Walbridge is being planned by Walbridge Mayor Dan Wilczynski – with the goal of dedicating the monument by Sept. 11.
A letter from the mayor that asks area officials for input on the proposed monument was read Tuesday at the meeting of the Lake Township Board of Trustees.
The monument would be erected at Veteran’s Park in Walbridge.
On July 1, 1911, a teenaged Gretchen V. Schoonmaker stood ready to christen an iron leviathan on the ways at the Great Lakes Engineering Works of Ecorse, Michigan.
The vessel, owned and operated by the Shenango Furnace Co., was named by company President William P. Snyder to honor his closest friend and the girl's father, Civil War hero and railroad industry innovator Col. James M. Schoonmaker. At 11:30 a.m., young Schoonmaker broke a bottle of champagne across the ship's bow, thus christening the "World's Largest Bulk Freighter" in her father's name.