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Bench, Sheahan unseat Gray, Graffis; levy loses
Newcomers David Bench and Ron Sheahan will take their seats on the Jerusalem Township board of trustees next year, while a police levy that would have funded current police services from the sheriff’s department was defeated on Tuesday.
Bench and Sheahan unseated incumbents Joe Gray and Rodney Graffis.
Bench, 59, is a self-employed farmer at Bench Farms. He received the top vote, 974 votes, or 41.10 percent of the vote cast.
Bench attributed his win to name recognition of his business, and voters’ desire for change.
“I’ve been going to the meetings for about a year, and nothing ever seemed to get done,” he said. “I kept telling trustees that they work for the people. We pay their wages.”
Sheahan, 45, is a project manager at Dimech Services, Inc. He received 581 votes, or 24.51 percent of the vote.
For famed East Toledo artist Bernie Andrews, being diagnosed with colon cancer
was a surprise. Finding out about it weeks after being admitted to St. Charles Hospital was even more shocking.
According to Lewie Andrews, Bernie’s father, his son was made aware of his condition just two days ago, after going through major surgery.
“In the last two days he has woken up and he is beginning to understand what people are saying to him,” Lewie said. “He did not know where he was or what had happened to him.”
According to Lewie, Bernie, 58, had visited a VA clinic in Ann Arbor three weeks ago with stomach issues. Doctors had told him that he was constipated and gave him medicine to deal with the discomfort. While with his parents, Bernie fell to the ground and 911 was called.
Eastwood now focuses on building improvements
“Now that we are going to be in these buildings for the foreseeable future, we will be looking to put a group together to look at how we can best work to extend their useful life,” he said. “The goal will be to develop a plan and a cost analysis for making needed improvements to the infrastructure of each building.”
Voters last week said no to a 2.64-mill bond levy and an 0.75-mill permanent improvement levy that would have been used to construct and maintain a new elementary school on the central campus.
According to unofficial results of the Wood County Board of Elections, 2,154 (59.1 percent) voted against the levy and 1,489 (40.8 percent) voted for it.
A $475 million Great Lakes restoration initiative expected to be signed by President Barack Obama, could help fund an “Eco island” that would eliminate open lake dumping of dredging from the Toledo shipping channel.
The island, or habitat restoration unit, would create an area for fish spawning, birds and other habitat and would be observed by tourists visiting the restored Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, according to Sandy Bihn, Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper.
“A lot of money will be coming into this area in the next federal fiscal year,” said Bihn. “There are 16 agencies that will oversee the funding and what can be done with it. We believe that a project that eliminates open lake dumping, a practice many of us have opposed for years and contributes to the algae problem in the lake, will keep the waters from being so muddy and will be better for the fish and its habitat.”
Many landowners with property enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program have been surprised this year to see their values have significantly increased – in some cases more than doubling.
Now landowners in Ottawa and Sandusky counties can learn why.
A workshop to discuss rising CAUV property values, sponsored by Ottawa County Auditor Jo Ellen Regal and Sandusky County Auditor William Farrell, will be held Nov. 12 in the multipurpose room at Riverview Healthcare Campus, 8180 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
The workshop begins at 7 p.m.
The auditors have invited Larry Gearhardt, Director of Local Affairs for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, to discuss updates in the state’s data used to determine CAUV land values.
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