Maumee Fire Chief Brandon Loboschefski and several members of the Maumee Fire Division were rejoicing after Maumee voters approved a 5.6-mill fire levy on Tuesday, November 7.
According to the Lucas County Board of Elections’ unofficial results, 55.6 percent of the voters approved the levy to generate $2.9 million in funding for the Maumee fire and EMS bureaus. Of the 5,590 total votes cast, 3,109 residents voted in favor of the levy, with 2,481 voting in opposition.
This extra funding will allow the Maumee Fire Division to hire additional personnel for 24-hour staffing. This is the first time that Maumee has ever successfully implemented a dedicated fire levy like other local fire departments.
Maumee City Council
Maumee voters also selected three city council members, including incumbents Scott Noonan and Gabriel Barrow and newcomer Ted Kurt.
Noonan set the pace for the field of candidates, earning 2,619 votes for 18.55 percent of all ballots cast. He was joined in the winner’s circle by Barrow with 2,413 votes (17.09 percent) and Kurt with 2,356 (16.69 percent). All three men will be sworn into office in January during the first Maumee City Council meeting of the new year.
Kurt was followed closely by Tracey Elmore, who had 2,318 votes (16.42 percent). Dave Poeppelmeier collected 2,209 votes (15.64 percent) and Aubrey Hornsby earned 2,205 votes (15.62 percent).
While Kurt was able to win the third and final council seat, only 38 votes separated him from former city council member Elmore, who finished in fourth place.
Mayor Of Maumee
Maumee City Council president Jim MacDonald gave up his council seat to run unopposed for the office of mayor. As a result, he collected 4,276 votes for an easy victory.
MacDonald will succeed Mayor Richard Carr, who will be retiring at the end of this year, capping off a lengthy record of public service in Maumee.
Maumee School Board
Two newcomers will join the Maumee City Schools Board of Education, filling spaces vacated by Diane Balcerzak and Michael Wiley. Allison Fiscus netted 3,735 votes (41.18 percent) and Andrea Ankenbrandt recorded 3,340 votes (36.82 percent) to win seats on the board. Ruth Uhl finished third with 1,996 votes (22 percent).
Municipal Court Judge
Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard ran unopposed for his office and earned a total of 14,831 votes in the communities of Maumee, Monclova, Waterville, Waterville Township, Whitehouse and a portion of Swanton Township.
The Lucas County Board of Elections is scheduled to certify the final election results on Tuesday, November 28.