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Perrrysburg year highlighted by tornado, election, riverfront

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
A Nov. 17 tornado ripped through Perrysburg Township, severely damaging commercial buildings and hitting neighborhoods and apartments like this one at Owens Community College. A Nov. 17 tornado ripped through Perrysburg Township, severely damaging commercial buildings and hitting neighborhoods and apartments like this one at Owens Community College.
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In 2013, Perrysburg experienced a big election, a tornado, an announced $26-million riverfront plan, public transportation return, and high school sports success.

Many of the plans and activities will carry on into 2014.

Here are some ups and downs in Perrysburg in 2013:

Tornado rips through Perrysburg to Oregon

Nov. 17 a tornado ripped through mostly Perrysburg Township, severely damaging commercial buildings and hitting neighborhoods and apartments. 

The tornado left many in the city and township without power for days and downed wires kept Perrysburg Schools closed Nov. 18. 

The National Weather Service said the tornado had winds up to 125 mph.

Election decided new mayor, judge

After eight years as mayor, Nelson Evans term expired and Perrysburg voters elected council member Mike Olmstead to replace him. Molly Mack first won against two Republicans in the May primary and then beat Democrat Tom Mackin in the November general election to replace Dwight Osterud as Perrysburg Municipal judge. Mr. Osterud held the position for 24 years. 

Local residents took to the polls to vote in five races Nov. 5 in Perrysburg. Local residents took to the polls to vote in five races Nov. 5 in Perrysburg.
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The November election also changed the look for the Perrysburg Board of Education and City Council. There are two new school board members and three new faces on City Council. Long-time council member and council president Joe Lawless wasn't re-elected after serving for 16 years. 

Ride Right provides public transportation

After eight months without public transportation, a private bus and van operator, Ride Right, started providing transportation inside the city. During the May primary, Perrysburg voters passed the five-year 0.8-mill transit levy.

Perrysburg ended its membership in the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s service in September, 2012 after voters passed a referendum in March, 2012 to withdraw from that agency. In July, its first full month, the service gave out 780 rides and 122 of those rides went to people using wheelchairs. Total rides increased after that month.

A riverfront plan aimed to connect the riverfront to the community, and to make the riverfront more accessible to residents. A riverfront plan aimed to connect the riverfront to the community, and to make the riverfront more accessible to residents.
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Riverfront renovation plan

A $26-million riverfront renovation plan was presented by the city to the city council during the summer. The purpose of the plan was to connect the riverfront to the community, and to make the riverfront more accessible to residents. The design included adding a zip-line course, a mountain bike course, up to two theaters, a multi-use path, and water cascades. It also had a plan to relocate the Commodore Perry Statue. 

City council agreed to put in a path connecting Perrysburg's three parks along the Maumee River -- Riverside, Hood, and Orleans Parks -- but tabled the other expensive renovations.

Perrysburg sports success

The Perrysburg High School football team, led by quarterback Gus Dimmerling, won the NLL, and won its first ever playoff game in 2013. The Perrysburg High School football team, led by quarterback Gus Dimmerling, won the NLL, and won its first ever playoff game in 2013.
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The fall especially was successful for Perrysburg High School with several championships. The Perrysburg’s girls swept Northern Lakes League championships in cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The football team also won the NLL, and won its first ever playoff game against Akron Ellet. 

Costco coming to town?

This may be a bigger story in 2014, but Costco is in talks with the City of Perrysburg about possibly bringing a 154,300-square foot store and accompanying gas station. The site plan shows one road entrance off of State Rt. 25 and two entrances and an exit on Eckel Junction Road. The store would be located alongside I-475/U.S. 23, adjacent to its northbound exit ramp to State Rt. 25.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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