With Election Day Tuesday, Ionia County voters went to the polls.
Belding Voters had City Council Elections. Mayor Protem Andrea R. Belding, Mayor Ron Gunderson, Jerome P. Lallo, Council Member Mike Scheid, and Amy Thomas ran for the three open seats. No results were available as of midnight.
The City of Ionia had several races to decide. Clerk Lynn Lafler was up for re-election unopposed. In the first ward, Ted Paton ran unopposed for re-election to the City Council. Thomas Millard ran for re-election unopposed in the second ward. Jimmy King Jr. defeated incumbent Jeff Winters for the third ward City Council seat. In the fourth ward, Janice Gustafson ran unopposed to finish a partial term ending in 2015, and Paul Lentz ran unopposed for a full term. Gustafson and Lentz already held those seats.
Portland voters had a field of four to fill three City Council seats. Patrick Fitzsimmons, Brian Grapentien, Stacy Krause (an incumbent), and Nicole Sunstrom were in that race. WOOD Radio has yet to hear from the city clerk.
Residents of the Lowell Area Schools district passed a sinking fund proposal which would assess an additional 1 mill to pay for construction, repairs, real estate, and other purchases. The seven-year proposal is estimated to raise almost $741,000 in 2014.
Otisco Township voters had two millage renewals before them. Proposal 1 renewed the one-mill assessment for fire and emergency rescue services for four more years and raise an estimated $71,700 in the first year. Proposal 2 extends an assessment of two mills for four years, for road maintenance and improvements. It's estimated to raise $143,400 in its first year.
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