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Each general election, The Lima News provides this section profiling the candidates and issues. The Lima News sent questionnaires to every candidate in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Candidates had the opportunity to give biographical information and discuss major issues in their races. Candidates also had an option to submit a photograph. Only names and residences identify candidates who did not return a questionnaire. Ottawa - Council(Choose three)Jo A. DeskinsParty: Non-partisanResidence: Twelfth Street, OttawaAge: 53Relevant experience: I have previous experience in grant writing both as part of the MPA degree requirements and as a 32-year teaching professional. I have been an active member of the Ottawa community serving as a Girl Scout leader for 11 years, board member of the Putnam County Childrenís Theatre and 11 year member, previous treasurer and current president of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 63, Ottawa. I am an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Ottawa, and have served on its pastor-parish relations board, preschool advisory board and presently serve on its finance committee. Education: 1975 graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School; 1979 honor graduate of Bowling Green State University, B.S. in education and B.A. in speech pathology and audiology; 1986 receive Masters of Public Administration with emphasis in personnel management from Old Dominion University.Years living in area: 37Major issues: It has been stated by the present council, that the village is without funds for present maintenance and operation of the village and is proposing a 0.65 percent tax increase on the November ballot. I would like to see the council look internally for possible budget cuts, including the willingness to share in the cost of their health insurance which is presently being paid by the village. In addition, it would be beneficial to utilize the village-owned equipment and present manpower to maintain village property instead of contracting out for such services, including mowing and snow removal.I would like to suggest that the council publish quarterly finance reports, printed in the local paper and place onto their web site for review by the residents. Council meeting agendas and minutes need to be kept current and made available in hard copy and published in local papers, in addition to the present online access.Kevin D. GoeckeParty: Non-partisanResidence: Pin Oak Pass, OttawaEugene G. HovestParty: IndependentResidence: Oakview Drive, OttawaAge: 63Relevant experience: 37 years manufacturing management; 32 years human resources management; 20 years on Ottawa council.Education: Ottawa-Glandorf High School; bachelorís degree in business administration, University of Dayton; executive development program at University of Michigan.Years living in area: Lifelong resident of the area, Ottawa resident for 28 years.Major issues: Due to major reductions in investment income and local government funding, the Village of Ottawa has an income tax increase on the ballot. I support this tax increase because I feel it is important to continue all the services the village provides through the general fund.The village needs to continue to create partnerships with our water and wastewater treatment resources with other government entities. Increased volumes lead to decreased cost for all parties.We must continue to pursue aggressive flood mitigation options, which will reduce the effects of flooding in Ottawa and the surrounding area. Since the devastating flood of 2007, I have served on the Ottawa Flood Mitigation Steering Committee and the Local Flood Coalition Committee, where we have pursued all options available to Ottawa. I have worked aggressively to develop positive working relationships with the Hancock County commissioners, the City of Findlay, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Flood Mitigation Partnership and the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District. To date, we have accomplished much but still have tremendous work to do. I am committed to following through on this project as an elected official.As a member of council, I intend to retain and create jobs in Ottawa and the surrounding area. I will represent our community in an attractive and positive manner.I consider myself semi-retired. Over the past four years, I have made myself available to represent the village as needed. I offer a full-time employee for a part-time position.J. Dean Meyer (incumbent)Party: IndependentResidence: Pleasant Drive, OttawaAge: 51Relevant experience: 20 years on Ottawa village council; eight years as president of council; president of Brookhill Industries Workshop Board.Education: University of Toledo; Ottawa-Glandorf High School; SS. Peter and Paul School.Years living in area: All but four years at Toledo.Major issues: We need to continue keeping the village of Ottawa a beautiful community and a wonderful place to live.John SalsbureyParty: Non-partisanResidence: Kuhl Drive, OttawaAge: 54Relevant experience: 19 years at Pro Tec Coating Co., 10 years in mechanical maintenance, seven as preventative maintenance planner; three years as utility operator running watewaster treatment; last seven years in process products supporting outside processors.Education: Graduated in 1975 from Ottawa-Glandorf High School; attended Owens Community College; completed course for Ohioís Waste Water I operators.Years living in area: 54 yearsMajor issues: I oppose the 0.65 income tax increase and only crediting 1 percent for those that work out of town and pay in excess of 1 percent. I oppose paying the full cost of medical benefits for part-time employees. This alone is costing Ottawa tax payers close to $100,000 per year. In no other industry would this be offered or acceptable. We need to get more in line with other government employers whose full-time employees are supplementing this cost.Mark SchmiedebuschParty: Non-partisanResidence: Gem Stone Drive, OttawaAge: 58Relevant experience: 32 years as insurance agent in Ottawa; past Grand Knight of the Ottawa Knights of Columbus; former church council member of SS. Peter and Paul Church; current usher at SS. Peter and Paul; previous charter member of the O-G area Jaycees; United Way of Putnam County board member for three years; umpired high school, American Legion and small colleges for 30 years.Education: Graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School; business degree from The Ohio State University.Years living in area: Lifelong resident of the Ottawa community.Major issues: I would like to review the existing conditions of the villageís expenditures and examine the flood mitigation procedures and possible alternatives? What are we getting for our payments? Maybe they are the most cost effective, but I would like to look into it. Steady growth is essential for a community, but at what price? We would like to entice additional companies or expansion of existing companies, just so long as itís not too fast. With quick growth comes problems, and we must be aware of the consequences of that growth. I would like to keep an eye on that.Small business start-up and/or growth needs to be cultivated. If tax incentives are good for the big boys, we need to offer it to the small businesses also. As for the tax increase, if we need it, then we will have to ask for it. Budget cuts have been made, and in order to maintain the style we now have in our village, it may be necessary. I will look into other possible issues on this, so that we will get the biggest reutrn for our buck.By displaying to outside companies that we have a very good workforce, good roads, utilities and a solid school system, we are inviting a steady growth to our industry base.I am looking forward to the challenge of helping to lead our community into the future. Hopefully it will be a bright one.


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