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Following Jon Fickert's resignation last month, Oak Harbor Village Council needed to fill an open seat.

Enter Andy Haley.

The police officer, who can be seen at local sporting events working as an auxiliary officer for the village, narrowly defeated Ken Priddy and Michelle Ish to claim the open council seat in a special meeting last week.

Of nine candidates, the five council members narrowed it down to Haley, Priddy and Ish. Three votes were taken, and each time, there were two votes apiece for Haley and Priddy and one for Ish. After Ish was removed from the ballot, Haley won by a 3-2 vote.

A Jan. 7 fight at the Country Ridge Lounge, 3491 Latcha Rd., that resulted in a man’s death started with name calling then escalated into a heated argument, according to Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer.

“It was a verbal altercation that went horribly wrong,” the chief said. “After the argument started the men went outside to fight.”

Charges were upgraded Thursday against Kevin W. Knott, 52, Norwalk, Ohio, to involuntary manslaughter. He had been initially charged with felonious assault. His son, Kevin E. Knott, 26, also of Norwalk, has been charged with felonious assault.

Elwood Lock, Jr., 39, Lorain, Ohio, died Jan. 13 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center where he had been transported.

At an Oregon City Council meeting last month, Councilwoman Sandy Bihn asked about the condition of Oregon’s waterlines.

Bihn, who is also executive director of Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Inc., said she had been following the problems that occurred in Flint, Michigan, where high levels of lead were found last year in the drinking water that was drawn from the Flint River.

Flint, which switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River as a drinking water source to cut costs, reconnected last year to the Detroit water system, which draws its water from Lake Huron, after it was determined that the corrosive river water was drawing lead from aging pipes.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved the purchase of a portion of property on Hollydale Avenue and Navarre Avenue as part of the Navarre Avenue Safety Improvement project.

The side yard of the property at 2558 Hollydale is being widened for the improvement of a sidewalk, according to Mayor Mike Seferian.

“It’s not a lot of property – just about 20 square feet,” he added.

The city also purchased property from Free Way Service Center, 2665 Navarre Avenue, for a temporary easement.

A vote to change the bylaws to formally establish a panel focused on water-related issues is on the agenda of the 2016 General Assembly of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments set for Jan. 25 in Perrysburg.

After months of studying, TMACOG members last year agreed water issues should be more of a priority for the council of governments’ Environmental Planning Department.

Under the new format, the Water Quality Council becomes the lead committee of the department and makes policy recommendations and will develop a regional agenda for water issues.

The council held its inaugural meeting in November and heard speakers from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

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