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Six of seven candidates running for Toledo mayor believe marijuana use should be decriminalized, but five say they will vote “no” to Ohio’s Issue 3 on the November 3 ballot.

Issue 3 would legalize the limited sale and use of marijuana and create 10 growing facilities which will have exclusive commercial rights to grow marijuana. One of those facilities would be located in Lucas County on a 28.46 acre property owned by David Bastos of Bridge Property Group, LLC.

Incumbent Paula Hicks-Hudson and challengers Sandy Spang, Michael Ferner and Carty Finkbeiner say they will vote “no” because they don’t believe a monopoly, allegedly created by limiting the number of growers, should be written into Ohio’s Constitution.

Candidates for a seat on the Lake Township Board of Trustees and for the fiscal officer’s post say their candidacies offer voters a needed choice and different perspective in the township administrative offices.

Michael Evanoff, Meadowview Lane, Ken Gilsdorf, Oak Court, and Matthew Schober, Luckey Road,
are vying for the trustee seat held by four-term board member, Melanie Bowen, who is not seeking re-election.

Schober, who’s served on the township’s zoning commission, said his decision to run isn’t based on an overriding issue so much as a sense of responsibility to the township.

“I feel it’s my turn to step up and do my part,” he said, adding his presence on the board would bolster representation from the non-incorporated areas of the township.

Evanoff, who retired five years ago after owning and operating a business in the township for more than 20 years, said his experience as a business owner would be an asset on the board.

Despite having about six fewer teachers on staff than in 1995, the academic health of Woodmore High School – as measured by graduation rates, test scores, enrollment and other criteria – is good, according to Jim Kieper, school principal, who presented the data Tuesday to the school board.

In 2011, the average ACT score was 22.9 – the highest in the school’s history - and in 2014 scores averaged 22.7, Kieper said, adding Ohio’s average ACT score from 1991-2015 was 21.46 and Woodmore’s was 21.45.

Kieper noted that six of the top 10 average ACT scores in Woodmore’s history have occurred in each of the last six years.

He underscored the importance of ACT scores and grade point averages in college admissions and qualifying for merit scholarships.

With the success in May of passing a levy request for additional revenue as well as a renewal issue, Genoa school officials are hoping district voters will continue the trend when they decide another renewal issue on Nov. 3.

The 3.9-mill, 5-year levy on next Tuesday’s ballot generates a little more than $600,000 annually and is used for daily operations. It was first passed in 2005.

Bill Nye, district treasurer, said he’s received a few calls from residents questioning the need for a levy so soon after additional millage – which will generate about $1.025 million annually - was approved in May. Voters also approved a 5-mill, 5-year renewal issue in May that generates about $400,000. It was first passed in 1990.

“To continue what we have we need this renewal,” he said. “It goes for staffing, supplies, utilities, purchased services and other areas. I tell people it’s no additional tax and it was first approved a decade ago. We have four separate levies that need a renewal every five years.”

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson officially announced the end of the 2015 harmful algal bloom season amid collaborative partners at a media event in front of the Collins Park water treatment plant Tuesday morning.

Much of this resulted from an August 2014 crisis in which nearly 500,000 area residents were told that they could not drink Toledo’s water for an entire weekend, leading to a crisis that drew national media attention. The water was polluted with microcystin, a toxin found in harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

“We must never forget that this was an event that really shook the core of our region. We need to protect life in every way we can. Even though we are at the bottom (of the Maumee River watershed), we are the ones who have to deal with the situation,” said Dr. Thomas Bridgeman, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo,

The mayor stated that $50 million dollars has been spent in 2015 making upgrades and improvements at the Collins Park facility. She stressed that “every single day” during the harmful aglae bloom, even with record-setting algae levels in the lake, Toledo’s water was safe to drink.

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