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A familiar face was the top vote getter in the Oregon City Council race while a long-time incumbent was defeated for re-election on Nov. 3.

Sandy Bihn, executive director of the Lake Erie Waterkeepers Association, received the most votes and was elected to a four year term on council. She was one of eight candidates vying for four seats.

Bihn, of Bayshore Road, was previously elected to council in 1983 and 2005. She was also elected clerk auditor in 1987.On Tuesday, she received 3,205 votes, or 15 percent, of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Lucas County board of elections.

Bihn, 68, attributed her win, in part, to her high profile work on water issues, particularly in the wake of the three day tap water ban due to a toxic algal bloom in Lake Erie last year.

A former member of the Ottawa County Board of Commissions is back on the board.

Mark Stahl was appointed to the seat recently vacated by Steve Arndt.

Stahl will fill Arndt’s unexpired term through Jan. 1, 2017.

A former Allen Township trustee, Stahl was elected to the board of commissioners in 2008 in a race for the seat held by Carl Koebel, who retired from the board.

Stahl lost his bid for re-election in 2012 to JoEllen Regal, who was county auditor at the time.

Regal and Jim Sass are currently on the board.

Newly-elected members of the Woodmore school board plan to focus on the district’s financial condition and improving communications between the board and residents.

Sam Preston, Cara Brown, and Sean Rizor were elected to the board in competitive races while incumbent Corinna Bench was the only candidate for a seat to complete the unexpired term of Grant Cummings, who resigned in the spring.

Brown, who was the top vote-getter, and Rizor, credited their extensive use of Facebook for helping them win seats

Brown started her Facebook page, Woodmore Speak Up Speak Out, in September of 2014.

“It was huge,” Brown said Thursday. “The idea of a having a social media page was to give information to the public. I have over 476 followers now. The public wanted the information and there was no other simple way at that time to do that. People were able to go on at their leisure and read what was going on in the district and listen to (recorded) board meetings. I think my Facebook page showed the public how far and how hard I was willing to work for them. You’re able to put yourself out there and say here are my ideas and this is what I’m willing to do for you.”

Newly-elected members of the Woodmore school board plan to focus on the district’s financial condition and improving communications between the board and residents.

Sam Preston, Cara Brown, and Sean Rizor were elected to the board in competitive races while incumbent Corinna Bench was the only candidate for a seat to complete the unexpired term of Grant Cummings, who resigned in the spring.

Brown, who was the top vote-getter, and Rizor, credited their extensive use of Facebook for helping them win seats

Brown started her Facebook page, Woodmore Speak Up Speak Out, in September of 2014.

“It was huge,” Brown said Thursday. “The idea of a having a social media page was to give information to the public. I have over 476 followers now. The public wanted the information and there was no other simple way at that time to do that. People were able to go on at their leisure and read what was going on in the district and listen to (recorded) board meetings. I think my Facebook page showed the public how far and how hard I was willing to work for them. You’re able to put yourself out there and say here are my ideas and this is what I’m willing to do for you.”

Contract bidding will be held in the winter or early spring for cleaning up Toussaint Creek in Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties.

Mike Libben, program administrator of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, said the project will include removing log jams and leaning trees from a 34-mile stretch of the creek between Sugar Ridge Road near the City of Bowling Green and Benton-Carroll-Salem Road, west of the Village of Oak Harbor.

He estimated the total cost will be about $900,000, which will be paid primarily through assessments of affected property owners. The watershed for the creek covers more than 47,000 acres. Almost 5,000 parcels and 3,233 owners are covered by the project.

SWCD staffs from the three counties walked the stretch of the creek during the winter and identified more than 200 log jams and about 6,000 dead trees.

road construction delays

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