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Former Oregon Police Chief Tom Gulch told city council before a packed room on Oct. 12 that Mayor Marge Brown had tried to interfere on several occasions while he was investigating her son, Officer Jeff Brown.

Gulch spoke after council unanimously agreed to lift a clause in a separation agreement he had with the city that banned him from speaking negatively about the city administration. Councilman Bill Myers last week asked council to lift the clause after he read about it in The Press.

Gulch had wanted to comment about complaints that were made against Officer Brown, who was disciplined for various violations following an internal affairs investigation, but believed the separation agreement prohibited him from doing so.

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Northwood City Council will allow Waste Management of Ohio to use Michigan load trucks to haul fly ash down East Broadway for deposit into Waste Management’s Evergreen Recycling and Disposal solid waste landfill.

The permit allows an average of 15 trucks per day, weighing a total of 750 tons, to travel down a half mile segment of East Broadway to Evergreen, located at East Broadway and Wales roads, said Bacon.

The city wants to recoup any costs associated with the wear and tear of that segment of the road, which had just been repaved about four years ago, according to Administrator Pat Bacon.

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Former Oregon Police Chief Tom Gulch said Mayor Marge Brown asked him to resign two months after she had suggested that he promote her son, Officer Jeff Brown, to sergeant.

Gulch made the allegation at a council meeting on Oct. 12.

Gulch said he had just conducted interviews of three officers who were on a promotions list. “Jeff Brown was on that promotions list, and he was at the bottom of the list, the number three officer,” said Gulch. Mayor Brown had stopped Gulch as he passed her in the hallway of the municipal building and asked how her son had done on the interview.

Gulch said he told the mayor that Officer Brown and the other candidates had done well.

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Northwood City Council is expected to vote on whether to cut the salary of the interim zoning inspector at a meeting this month as a result of the poor economy.

Kimberly 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, who was paid an annual salary of $25,000 as Sayler’s assistant, currently makes $43,394 annually, the same salary Sayler made in the zoning inspector position.

The Finance and Economic Development committees weeks ago recommended to council that Grames become the permanent zoning inspector and be paid the same salary as Sayler.

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Costs incurred by the Village of Walbridge for renovating a building and property along Drouillard Road  have a member of council questioning the village’s procedures for such transactions.

Ed Kolanko, a member of council’s finance committee, last week said he became frustrated when bills for the renovation costs came streaming in and soon easily exceeded the administration’s initial estimates.

In March, the village purchased the building and property at 30801 Drouillard Road for $70,000.

The ordinance by council approving the purchase was quickly followed by a motion to approve a lease for the property with Professional Transportation, Inc., which had been located on Main Street but was looking for another site.

As the village began renovating the building, Kolanko said the village administration projected costs would be about $10,000.

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