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In February, a ruling by a Lucas County Court of Common Pleas judge in 2013 to reinstate the former fire chief in Jerusalem Township after trustees fired him was reversed by Ohio’s Sixth District Court of Appeals.

The appellate court, consisting of Judges Mark L. Pietrykowski, Arlene Singer, and James D. Jenson, unanimously voted on Feb. 6 to uphold the trustees’ dismissal of former Fire Chief Harold Stanton.

Stanton filed an appeal of that decision with the Supreme Court of Ohio in March. On September 16, the high court decided to not accept the appeal for review.

In its ruling, the court simply wrote, “Upon consideration of the jurisdictional memoranda filed in this case, the court declines to accept jurisdiction of the appeal.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals has unanimously dismissed a complaint by the Sandusky County prosecutor’s office that challenged an appointment to a vacant seat on the Woodmore Board of Education.

The court ruled the school board had followed state law when it selected Daniel Hoppe in May during a special meeting to fill a seat vacated by Grant Cummings, then the board vice president, who had resigned earlier that month.

The prosecutor’s office filed its complaint June 11, arguing the Ohio Revised Code requires an appointment to be made by a probate court judge when a school board doesn’t act within a required time frame. The complaint asked that Hoppe prove he is rightfully a member of the board and, failing to do that, asked to remove him from the board.

Board President Steve Huss applauded the decision.

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.

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