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Northwood will see a new mayor for the first time in 15 years. City councilmen Randy Kozina and Edward Schimmel are the mayoral candidates seeking voter support in the Nov. 3 election. The Press asked the candidates questions to help voters decide who they want to be the next mayor. Here is what they had to say:

What will be your priorities if you are elected mayor?

Randy Kozina:
My first priority is to pursue every legal avenue to clean up abandoned properties and buildings. The duration from complaint to compliance must be streamlined to enable the situation to be resolved much quicker. While many of us want the Woodville Mall site and other abandoned buildings to be returned to their original use, it won’t always be feasible. We must also force owners to remove building at their expense, not taxpayers’, if possible.

Who doesn’t love some time at the spa, especially when dealing with aches and pains or injuries?

David Williams, of Curtice, has designed a spa on wheels designed to provide comforting and therapeutic hot or cold therapy to for horses.

“We can switch from cold temperature of 37 degrees to hot water in a matter of three seconds,” Williams said.

Cold water therapy is designed to address soft tissue inflammations; abscesses might require warm or hot water treatments. Pulled tendons and sprains are always a concern with a competitor. Rotating treatment is also an option; depending upon a regimen suggested by a veterinarian, a horse can be treated with hot water, then go on a treadmill and then finish up a treatment with cold water.

Oregon City Council on Monday will consider amending a sewer agreement with the Northwestern Water and Sewer District (NWSD) for billing and a schedule for the district’s sewer improvements.

Oregon entered into a sewer agreement with the NWSD on April 14, 2014 that required the district to construct a 2 million gallon sanitary sewer overflow storage facility or tank and install new flow meters within 18 months of executing the sewer agreement, which is October 2015, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

The tank would hold excess sewage and storm water during heavy rain before it can be released and treated by Oregon’s sanitary sewer treatment plant.

Oregon has an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency to make improvements to its system. As a result, Oregon will only treat up to 5 million gallons of storm water per day. Excess sewer and storm water overflow ends up untreated and flows into the lake. The NWSD reviewed the flow over 18 months and determined it exceeded 5 million gallons per day 60 times.

Policies used by Allen and Clay townships in Ottawa County may become the template for how Lake Township responds to complaints about nuisance properties.

After reviewing their policies, the police and fire chiefs of Lake Township have advised township trustees they could also utilize them.

Lake Township Police Chief/Administrator Mark Hummer told the trustees Tuesday he will first forward a copy of the policies to the Wood County prosecutor’s office for review.

“It looks like very good work,” he said, calling the policies “a pretty effective way to deal with severely dilapidated properties. We’re not talking about the guy who doesn’t cut his grass.”

Last month, Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko sent a letter to the trustees asking them to consider declaring two properties on Drouillard Road as nuisances.

Two of three state issues on the Nov. ballot have drawn the support of the Wood County Board of Commissioners.

The board has passed resolutions supporting Issue 1 and Issue 2 but the commissioners are unanimous in their opposition to Issue 3, which would provide for a group of investors the means to grow and sell marijuana in the state.

The resolution contends Issue 3 “permits investors to set their own preferential tax rates directly in the Ohio Constitution, rates that cannot be changed by the legislature like those on beer, wine and tobacco.”

In addition, it would give the investors “exclusive rights to commercial profits in Ohio” and insulates them from competition.

The commissioners’ support for Issue 2 mirrors their opposition to Issue 3.

Their resolution for Issue 2 says it “ensures that Ohio’s Constitution is not for sale and prohibits special interests from amending the constitution to create monopolies, oligopolies or cartels” and “ensures that our constitution cannot be abused and corrupted by those interested in obtaining exclusive deals and special commercial benefits.”

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