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Northwood City Council, following months of debate, approved a lower salary for the city’s planning, zoning, and economic development coordinator, Kimberly Grames, at a meeting Sept. 10.

Grames became the city’s interim zoning inspector after former zoning inspector Heather Sayler accepted a job with the City of Bowling Green last year.

Grames had been earning an annual salary of $43,394, which was the same salary as Sayler. But some on council thought Grames’s salary should be less at $39,970 as a result of the poor economy.

“I still don’t fully understand this,” said Councilman Dave Gallaher at a meeting Sept. 3. Gallaher and Councilman Dean Edwards voted against reducing Grames’s salary.

The Carroll Township Police Department and Ottawa County Sheriff’s

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Department are investigating the theft of credit cards from a woman who left her purse in her car while at work.

According to police, the theft occurred Oct. 17 while the car was in the parking lot of the Wild Wings Restaurant & Lounge, 9055 State Route 2. A window had been smashed and cash and credit cards were reported stolen.

A former member of the Oregon school board has been appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the recent death of Betty Carstensen.

The board Wednesday appointed Sheron Baumgartner to fill the unexpired term of Carstensen, 85, who died Sept. 5, but was planning to run for re-election in the Nov. 3 election.

The board selected Baumgartner from a host of other potential candidates based upon her experience and knowledge of the district, said board president Jeff Ziviski.

Baumgartner served previously on the school board from 1982-1993.  She is a graduate of Clay High School and Bowling Green State University.  Mrs. Baumgartner worked at St. Charles Hospital in a supervisory capacity prior to her retirement there after 35 years.  She is a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and has served as a member of the bard of trustees.

Preliminary construction on the new elementary school building in Genoa has begun and the school board has authorized the administration to proceed with seeking bids for the next phase of the project.

“We’re getting down to the finite details of construction,” Bill Nye, district treasurer said Thursday.

The board Tuesday heard reports from a representative of Buehrer Group Architecture & Engineering, the project architect, and the construction manager for the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

Nye said the board gave its approval to seeking bid packages for plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical, food service, and fire protection systems.

The school board this week will appoint someone to fill the vacant seat previously held by Betty Carstensen, who died Sept. 5 following a stroke.

Carstensen, 85, was finishing her fourth term on the board when she died. She was running for re-election on the Nov. 3 ballot.

“We rescheduled our regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday to Sept. 16,” said School Board President Jeff Ziviski.

“The law requires the board to act to fill the vacancy at its next regular meeting, which is held at least 10 days after the vacancy occurs,” said Ziviski.

The person who is appointed to the seat will fill the remainder of Carstensen’s term, which is through December 31, he said.

“Essentially, it’s a three-and-a-half month appointment,” he said.

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