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Refinancing a portion of its bond debt will save the Genoa Area Local School District approximately $221,990, according to the administration, which announced last week it had completed a refinancing agreement.

The debt was incurred to finance the district’s share of construction costs for the John C. Roberts Middle School building.

“This savings will go directly to the district taxpayers,” Bill Nye, district treasurer, said. “I’ll be meeting with the Ottawa County auditor to have the tax adjusted. This will effectively reduce taxpayer costs.”

Voters in 1999 approved a bond levy to build the new school. The district also received a credit of $6.2 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission for the project.

The school opened in 2001.

Oregon City Council on Monday agreed to pay $23,000 to Hull & Associates, Inc., to provide engineering design and to develop funding assistance for a proposed public boat launch in the city for access to Lake Erie.

Council also agreed to pay $21,500 to Hull & Associates to provide conceptual designs for the city’s waterfront resources and possible funding partnerships.

City officials and Hull & Associates discussed the boat launch and other potential waterfront improvements at a Drainage, Roads, Buildings and Lands Committee meeting on Aug. 10.

For years, the city has discussed the possibility of developing a public boat launch, though it has never materialized.

“We get people inquiring about a boat launch all the time,” Mayor Mike Seferian told The Press before the meeting. Locating an appropriate site has been the biggest challenge.

In a District 3 city council primary Tuesday, Peter J. Ujvagi and Glen Cook were chosen by East Toledo and Old South End voters to advance to the November 3 general election.

Ujvagi, a 69-year-old Democrat, finished with 882 votes (46.6 percent) and Cook, a 73-year-old independent, garnered 558 (29.5 percent) in unofficial results released by the Lucas County Elections Board.

Ernest D. McCarthy, a 73-year-old Republican, followed with 238 votes (12.6) and 20-year-old independent Robert James Worthington finished last with 213 (11.3). City wide, 9.1 percent of registered voters went to the polls.

Ujvagi, of 124 Paine Ave. in East Toledo, is well-known in Toledo political circles, having served in the public sector since 1970. He is a University of Toledo graduate, majoring in economics and political science. Ujvagi is currently chief of public policy and legislation and from 2010-13 was the Lucas County administrator.

Voters in Ottawa County will see a mix of competitive and non-competitive races when they go to the polls Nov. 3 to elect office holders in area villages and townships.

In Clay Center, a new mayor will be elected as incumbent Robert Purney steps down. Mark Franks, a member of village council, is the only candidate.

John Weber, the incumbent clerk-treasurer, is also unopposed.

One of the first actions the incoming village council will take will be to advertise to fill vacant seats.

There are two open seats but no candidates, according to the ballot certified recently by the county board of elections.

They mayoral race in the Village of Elmore is also non-competitive, with incumbent Matthew Damschroder the only candidate.

Because they sit just outside the village limits, Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko is asking Lake Township trustees to consider declaring two properties on Drouillard Road as nuisances.

In a Sept. 10 letter to the trustees, Mayor Kolanko said village residents have approached him about the properties and “how they present an eyesore to both our communities.”

The properties are located at 30854 and 30848 Drouillard Road.

The mayor’s letter includes photos that show the houses with boarded up windows and doors, and overgrown weeds.

“These properties are in severe ‘nuisance’ condition,” the mayor writes. “I am sure you are aware of these properties, but wanted to bring to your attention as the severity, health hazard and blighting condition only increase. The family who owns these properties also owns property in the Village of Walbridge. We are currently addressing that property as a potential blighted/nuisance property. If needed, and with (village) council support, I will look for the property to be razed, removing the blight and increasing safety for the residents.

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