Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON — Voters in New Boston spoke with their ballots on Tuesday and said they like things just the way they are, approving a renewal levy and sending two councilmen back to work.
Councilmen Ralph Imes and Terry Salyers sought re-election in last night’s election, defending their seats against challenger Robert Law.
Imes was elected in 2009 and is now completing his first four-year term on New Boston Council. He is the chairman of the Village Streets, Alleys, and Transportation Committee and owns Imes Towing in New Boston. Salyers joined council in 2006 and is the chairman of the Village Wage and Salary Committee. He is an Army veteran, and currently works at New Boston School. Law previously ran for New Boston Council as a write-in candidate in 2009 and then again in 2011. He was defeated both times, but promised to run again in the 2013 election.
Voters were asked to pick two councilmen Tuesday night, and because the village is an at-large council the two with the most votes are elected. At the end of the night, voters backed Salyers and Imes with 136 votes each, to Law’s 97 votes.
“I appreciate the support of the New Boston voters and I look forward to another four years on New Boston Council,” Salyers said.
He called this an exciting time for the village, with the possibility of new businesses coming to the Tractor Supply mall and opening of Infra-Metals expected this month.
“Things seem to be rolling our way here,” Salyers said.
Voters in New Boston also approved the renewal of a tax levy with 181 votes for, and 53 votes against. This levy has been on the books since 1981, and has been successfully renewed every five years since. New Boston Mayor James Warren said he was pleased to have the support of the village once again.
“The levy goes into the General Fund for operation of the village. It’s for maintenance of the village,” Warren said. “I feel like the voters of New Boston have always supported the village in renewing the village. And we’ve never done an increase.”
Warren said the village population is 2,340, and according to voter records available on the Scioto County Board of Elections website there are 1,349 registered voters in New Boston. Poll workers Tuesday night counted 196 votes (14.5 percent). That number, however, does not include ballots cast by early voters.
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