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Years ago, Oak Harbor Mayor Bill Eberle decided he wanted to fulfill his civic duty by becoming part of his local government.

He was a husband, father, a long-time employee of Toledo Edison and with his church, St. Boniface, as the president of the finance committee. He also served as a district deputy, Grand Knight and financial secretary of the local Knights of Columbus Chapter 1944.

Still, he desired to be more active within the community.

After serving on the planning commission, as a village council member and now after three years as the village’s mayor, Eberle has more than satisfied that desire.

“The reason that I got involved is because my involvement with the community was lacking,” he said. “I’ve been involved with the church, but not civically. I was looking for something along those lines, and that’s where I fell into this.”

Joe Helle is not your average 29-year-old.

An Army veteran, he’s served a tour of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He owns and operates his own business, and he is working to become the next mayor of Oak Harbor.

Incumbent Bill Eberle is up for re-election.

Helle, a 2004 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, talked about his motivation for running.

“I wouldn’t be running for mayor if I didn’t think there was an issue with the current leadership,” he said. “The town lacks leadership. I come from an army background, and I see a town that doesn’t have a leader. I see leaders that show up a couple of times per month for council meetings and call it a day and then we don’t see or hear from them (other than that). We’re a full-time town and we deserve full-time leaders. That doesn’t mean they have to be in the office all they time. But they should be out and about representing us, talking to residents and to business owners, and what their concerns would be.

Increasing costs for maintenance on a garage and equipment as well as fuel, utilities and personnel have swayed the Harris Township trustees to seek additional millage for the Harrington and Union cemeteries.

Voters next week will be asked to renew a 0.7-mill, 5-year levy and an additional 0.6-mill levy for maintaining the cemeteries.

Originally passed in 1995, the renewal issue generates about $28,500 annually.

A change in state law covering a “roll back” in property taxes is one reason for the request for renewing the existing millage and asking for an additional 0.6-mill, according to the trustees.

A public forum to discuss the financial situation of the Woodmore Local School District has scheduled by the board of education for Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.

The forum will be held in the cafetorium of the PreK-8 Building, 800 Main St., Woodville.

The results of an audit of the district’s books by accounting firm, Julian & Grube, are among the items for discussion,

Of seven candidates running for Toledo’s mayor, three have served as mayor before, one is the spouse of someone who served and passed away, two ran for mayor at least once before, and the seventh is a city council member.

That means all have addressed or dealt with Marina District issues before, but all seven still believe that the 127-acre riverfront property along the east side of the Maumee will be developed someday.

The question is, will one of these, when elected, be able to see vertical development?

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