Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The city of Norwalk will dip into its Capital Improvement Trust Fund, to build a new fire station.

That’s because 75% of voters okayed a plan to use up to $3.5 million from the fund to construct a new fire station at the former Home Lumber site. The new fire station should be operational sometime next year. The current Norwalk fire station has been in use since 1912. You’ll hear comments from Norwalk Fire Chief John Soisson in news tomorrow.


A Norwalk man won yesterday’s primary, for the right to represent Ohio’s 57th House District, which includes all of Huron County and much of Lorain County.

Republican Dick Stein won the most votes, in a four-way race. Stein will face fellow Norwalkian and Democrat Tom Dunlap this fall. Dunlap was unopposed in the primary. Current State Representative Terry Boose is unable to run, due to term limits. He’s seeking the county commission seat currently held by Dunlap.


Skip Wilde of Norwalk won the Republican primary, in the race for Huron County Commissioner.

Wilde defeated Bob Morgan of North Fairfield, 4,277 to 3,858. He’ll face Democrat Michael Nottke of Bellevue this fall. Nottke ran unopposed in the primary. The winner will fill the seat currently held by Gary Bauer. Bauer is retiring at the end of the year.


Huron County will have a new engineer in 2017.

Lee Tansey of Wakeman won yesterday’s primary runoff, topping current deputy engineer Carlos Delafon Luna of Willard. Tansey will be unopposed in November.

Local liquor options in Norwalk’s first and second wards were approved, and the majority of voters in the Tri-Community Joint Fire District said yes to a three-mill renewal.


Once again, voters in Perkins Township have rejected a school levy.

Nearly 53 percent of voters said “no” to a five-year, 5.8 mill emergency operating levy. 2,774 people voted against the levy, while 2,514 voted yes. If approved, the levy would have generated $2.5 million annually.


Groton Township voters approved a five-year renewal for fire and ambulance services, and voters in the Vermilion school district approved a five-year renewal.


Erie County had two Democratic primary races for county commissioner.

Incumbent Pat Shenigo picked up 69 percent of the vote to defeat challenger Grant Harding. Shenigo will be unopposed this fall. Jim Lang also collected roughly 69 percent, to defeat Jeffery Ferrell. Lang will face Republican Matt Old in November.


After topping former Sandusky City Commissioner Dannie Edmon, Ottawa County Auditor Lawrence Hartlaub will face incumbent Republican State Representative Steven Arndt this fall.

The winner will represent Ohio’s 89th District, which includes Ottawa and Erie counties.


Also of interest…Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer easily won yesterday’s Republican primary.

He topped challenger and Clyde police Chief Bruce Gower by more than 2,500 votes.

He’s expected to face two independent challengers in November.



In the presidential primary, John Kasich and Hillary Clinton were the big winners in Ohio.

Kasich collected 46 percent of the vote, compared to 34 percent for Donald Trump. Clinton picked up 56.5 percent of the vote, compared to roughly 43 percent for Bernie Sanders.