Bedford voters reject tax levy to pay for road repairs

Lenawee OKs turbine rules; Clark remains Monroe mayor

11/9/2011
BY MARK REITER
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Voters in Bedford Township on Tuesday narrowly rejected a 1-mill, 10-year property tax to fund improvements, repairs, and maintenance for roads.

Township leaders sought the issue because of poor road conditions. It would have generated about $980,000 annually for a road repair and maintenance program that called for contracting with the Monroe County Road Commission to have two employees dedicated to duties ranging from fixing potholes to plowing snow on secondary roads. Also, money would be made available to match state and federal road grants.

"We are going to go back to work and see if we can come up with a different plan to somehow handle the problems that we have with our roads," township Supervisor Walt Wilburn said. "I am really disappointed. But at the same time I feel we did a superior job in educating the public on how the roads are actually funded."

In Lenawee County, residents opposed to wind turbine development were victorious at the polls in Riga Township. A zoning ordinance regulating wind turbines that township officials approved in July will stay in effect after voters rejected a referendum seeking to overturn the law. The repeal was sought by groups that desired fewer restrictions on the turbines.

Voters in Monroe returned Mayor Robert Clark, who was opposed by longtime Monroe County Commissioner Bill Sisk and Steven Donovan, who was a first-time candidate.

In council races, two incumbents were voted out. Voters who live in Precinct 1 chose Jerry McKart, a former county commissioner. He won the seat from incumbent Edward Paisley, who also faced challenges from former Mayor John Iacoangeli and David Roberts.

Jeremy Molenda retained his seat to represent Precinct 4 as he defeated Matt Vititoe, and Precinct 5 Councilman Mary Conner lost to challenger James Kansier.

In the election for Monroe Public Schools, incumbent Larry VanWasshenova, 59, defeated former school board member Robert Yeo, 47, to win his third term.

Luna Pier Mayor Mary Liske, 49, withstood a challenge from two-term councilman Richard Murray, Jr., 72, winning re-election by four votes. In the race for council, incumbents Dawn Gramza and Richard Russell and newcomer Jim Gardner won.

Petersburg had four write-in candidates running for three open council seats. The ballots cast for incumbent Richard Haller, 40, Terri Bauer, 48, Charles Bruckner, 82, and Lawrence Schadewald, 68, must be reviewed by the county board of canvassers to determine the winners.

A 2.25-mill, $7.12 million bond issue to pay for improvements in buildings at Hudson Schools passed.

In the only countywide issue on the ballot in Lenawee County, a 0.28-mill property tax request to fund the Lenawee Economic Development Corp. failed.

In Ogden Township, Richard Marks received nearly twice as many votes as Kevin DeCatur in the election for supervisor and Alice Clark defeated Carrie Hulett to win the clerk's race.

In other municipal elections, city commission member Greg DuMars was elected mayor of Adrian. He defeated former county commissioner Fred Gallagher.

Also, Julie Berryman Adams, Thomas Faulhaber, and Jerry Gallatin were elected to Adrian city commission.

Carmel Camp and incumbent James Steele won seats on Hudson City Council.

Contact Mark Reiter at: markreiter@theblade.com, or 419-724-6199.