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P The Tip your carrier time See insert Oregon Alan Miller All Press Soccer RESS November 14, 2011 FREE See page 18 Serving The Eastern Maumee Bay Communities Since 1972 M Board ok’s limited busing By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor Continued on page 5 Quote of The Week I want to work with the community to rebuild those bridges that have been torn down. P.J. Kapfhammer See page 3 Helping Haiti Students Grant Evans and Emily Molyet participate in a Haiti Pillowcase Dress Sewing Day at Owens Community College. “There are many people in Haiti who are struggling and without such basic necessities as food and clothes,” said Nicole Lance, Owens Student Activities Assistant. All completed dresses will be delivered to Missions International of America in Perrysburg for future distribution to children in Haiti. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean) East Toledo Craig wants business-friendly city “ By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer After losing in the primary to electrician Shaun Enright, incumbent councilman Mike Craig held on to his seat in Tuesday night’s general election. Unofficial results show Craig garnering 3,509 votes (55percent) and Enright getting 2,865 votes (45 percent). If certified, Craig will be entering his second full four-year term. He has already served five years in council. Craig, 56, is a registered Democrat who has lived on Consaul Street in East Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood for seven years and before that lived on White Street for 19 years. He has lived in East Toledo 51 years. Enright, 32, is employed at IBEW Local 8 as a membership/business development representative. He has worked at the IBEW 11 years and has been a resident of District 3 for 31 years. Enright posed a real threat to Craig because the challenger had 386 votes (39.4 percent) in the September 13 primary, 12 more than Craig (374, 38.2 percent). Challengers Ernie Berry had 170 (17.4) and REWARD ING You know what, you either run scared or unopposed. “ The Oregon school board on Tuesday agreed to fund limited transportation for Clay High School students. The shuttle service will start in January, according to school board President Eric Heintschel. “We’re going to implement busing in a limited capacity,” said Heintschel on Wednesday. “Strategically, we’re going to pick a couple of spots in the community - more centralized locations – to pick up students,” he said. The cost to the district ranges between 40,000-$50,000 for part of the year. “When you figure it’s for half a year, if we annualize it, we would basically double the cost if we keep the service,” he said. The school board earlier this year eliminated bus service for high school students to cut costs. Parents in the district criticized the board last month for approving administrative pay hikes when programs for students, particularly transportation service for the high school, have been cut or eliminated to cut costs as the result of a shrinking budget that is expected to get smaller in the coming years. Parents packed a school board meeting on Oct. 18 to vent their anger at the board and Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar, whose annual salary jumped from $116,965 to $130,221 as part of the administrative pay increases the board had approved on Aug. 16. The Oregon City Federation of Teachers was also disappointed, since it had negotiated concessions in salaries and benefits for teachers in July that had saved the district $3 million, though teachers will still receive pay raises called “step” increases that will cost the district $400,000. At the October meeting, Heintschel said the board would revisit the busing issue. School officials recently put together Hans Schnapp had 50 (5.1). Much of Enright’s campaign was in support of union rights for workers in light of Issue 2, which was defeated. That will repeal Senate Bill 5 limiting collective bargaining rights for public employees. However, Craig said he also opposes HB5 and supports workers rights to collectively bargain. Craig does admit he was concerned about possibly losing his seat. “You know what, you either run scared or unopposed,” He said. “You know, it was kind of a lost summer. My wife and I normally spend a lot of time riding our bikes together and stuff. I want the winter to hurry up and get over with because that’s SMART experience owens Continued on page 5 HELPFUL PREPARED SUC CESS FUL something I’d like to do more of. You just can’t do that around here in the winter.” Craig is promising to concentrate on neighborhoods, which is what Enright based much of his campaign on. “Our downtown is nice, and we may spend some dollars downtown,” Craig said. “But, we need to make a concerted effort to make sure our neighborhoods are brought up to a decent standard. It will take a while, but we’ve got to do that, because you know what, that’s where people live. They don’t live downtown. We have to make sure that we keep people in the city and hopefully draw some back. We need good neighborhoods to do that. “I’m thinking of partnering with the (Lucas) County Land Bank — they are doing a great job. The big city issues and stuff we have to address, like we have to balance the budget, but I’m just going to concentrate on working on the neighborhoods.” Craig says the most pressing issues facing District 3 are economic and neighborhood development. “These issues are closely related,” Craig said. “Without jobs it is impossible to build stable and sustainable neighbor- VALUABLE Your college debt solution. Classes begin Jan. 9. APPLY TODAY! ����

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