OTTAWA — Two candidates are running for Putnam County Commissioner in the primary in May — John Schlumbohm, with 13 years experience as mayor of Pandora, 13 years experience on Pandora village council and 40 years running his own business, and Franklin T. Miller Jr., who sold insurance in Putnam County for 40 years.
“I got that degree in business and chemistry,” Miller said. “That gives me insight into what each committee has trouble with, money and function.”
Miller said he would like to see more open communication between the Putnam County Commissioners and the public. After Columbus Grove put in a new sewer system, residents began paying over $100 a month for the service, he said. If the Putnam County Commissioners had started setting aside money for the project a few years earlier they could have installed the sewer system without surprising residents with increased sewer rates, he said.
Miller is also concerned with an approaching water shortage, he said. He believes in a decade or so Putnam County will suffer a water shortage, and the commissioners should start looking for a location to build another reservoir. He said water is a necessity for life and the commissioners should make plans now to make certain the county has enough for everyone in the future.
Schlumbohm said his first focus would be to listen and learn the job.
“I’ve always enjoyed challenges and learning new things,” Schlumbohm said about running for commissioner. “I think I’ve gotten the major job down pretty well, and I felt it was time to move on and better the lives of Putnam County residents and not just Pandora residents.”
He doesn’t have an agenda, not yet at least, he said. Schlumbohm said for the first six or eight months, he will take time to learn the job. If the people of Putnam Could elect him in the primary, Schlumbohm said he will begin going to as many commissioner meetings as his business allows so he can learn about the major Putnam County issues facing the commissioners and how they approach them, he said.
“I need to get my feet wet first,” he said.
He does know Blanchard River issues are going to need to be discussed and solutions will need to be found, he said. Working with the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the Lake Erie Watershed is another major issue Schlumbohm is certain will need to be discussed often as a commissioner.
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