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Uniopolis votes to unincorporate

November 6, 2013

The failure of two property levies and one income tax levy proved moot when Uniopolis village residents approved surrendering the village corporation powers to Union Township.
Forty-nine village residents voted in favoring of unincorporating the village compared to 23 voters against the move. Residents voted against the issue in November 2012.
“It is sad, but like I’ve said they can just cut off the bottom of village signs and take off incorporated because we are the same residents and we will still be the village of Uniopolis,” Mayor Greg Ritchie said this morning. “I don’t foresee any major changes because the township house is their in town and they will not have to go any further if they want to attend meetings.”
He said the township has already been taking care of snow plowing.
The actual surrender of power occurs with the certification of the vote, but the transition should take the next few months, Ritchie said.
He explained the state auditors will have to clear the books and deed transfers will have to be made from the village to the township. He expects the entire process to take until late spring.
The longer process will be rezoning Uniopolis and for Union Township to update their zoning regulations.
“As far as services, nothing will change,” Ritchie said. “The county takes over the sewer plant but we are already contracted with the county for them to maintain it, so the only change will be their will get their bills from the county instead of the village.
In Duchouquet Township, Dwight Steinke, with 1,045 votes, and John L. Limbert, with 983 votes, were elected as Township Trustees. Rick J. Place received 980 votes. Only the top two candidates with the highest votes win a seat as a trustee.
In Goshen Township, Donald R. Spangler, with 67 votes, and Tim Doty, with 60 votes, were elected as Township Trustees. Brian Myers received 55 votes. Only the top two candidates with the highest votes win a seat as a trustee.
In Logan Township, Robert L. Gibson, with 178 votes, and Anthony Lochard, with 129 votes, were elected as Township Trustees. Tom F. Elsass received 112 votes, and Jerry J. Griffo received 85 votes. Only the top two candidates with the highest votes win a seat as a trustee.
In Moulton Township, Thomas Kohler ran uncontested for Township Trustee and earned 232 votes.
In Pusheta Township, John J. Kaeck, with 145 votes, and Jim A. Schaub, with 162 votes, ran uncontested for Township Trustees.
In Union Township, Keith Fahncke, with 209 votes, and Mark Waitman, with 210 votes ran uncontested for Township Trustees.
In Wayne Township, Charles A. Haggard, with 254 votes, and Kevin Sidener, with 243 votes, ran uncontested for Township Trustees.
Staff Writer Brittany Powell contributed to this story.

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