Shadyside School Levy Voted Down

An emergency levy for the Shadyside Local School District was officially defeated by five votes during the Belmont County Board of Elections’ official and final count held at its regular meeting Monday.

The 5.4-mill levy was on the May 5 ballot before voters in the school district. The final tally shows 803 total votes were counted in the election, with 404 voting against the levy and 399 voting for it – a difference of 0.62 percent.

Countywide, the outcomes of all races remained the same after the official certification of the results.

In total for the county, 10 provisional ballots were rejected by the board. Eight of the provisional ballots were rejected because the voters were not registered to vote in the state of Ohio. One ballot was rejected because the person voted in the wrong precinct, and another voter did not provide any identification. That person had 10 days to bring identification to the board office but failed to do so.

All candidates running in the primary elections in the county were running as Democrats. The totals show William Deaton received 286 votes for president of Martins Ferry City Council. For the City Council at large, the final results for three to be nominated were: Kristine Davis, 221 votes; Robert Hunker, 234; Jack Regis, 190; and Paul Riethmiller, 268.

In the race for the Martins Ferry 1st Ward council nomination, Robert Kranjnyak received 58 votes and was bested by William Weekley’s 71.

For the Bellaire mayoral nomination, Vince DiFabrizio received 294 votes, while Robert Dodrill received 105 votes and Jerry Fisher captured 188. Four were nominated for village council. The final count gives Lou Ann Bennett 216 votes, Cynthia DeVienzio 181, Serge Gentile 160, Orphy M. Klempa Jr. 314, Rickie Parker 284, Jim Piatt 314 and Jim Williams 307.

The Shadyside mayoral nomination went to Robert Newhart, who received 394 votes to Edward L Marling’s 247 votes.

The final count for the Bethesda Village Tax Levy shows 41 for the levy and 16 against. For the Shadyside Village Park District Levy, 252 voted for the levy and 437 voted against it. A Wheeling Township tax levy was renewed with 72 votes for and 31 against.

Belmont County voters living in the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District favored the bond levy to construct and renovate schools with 525 supporting the measure and 389 voting against it.

In total, the final results show 2,914 ballots cast out of 15,324 registered voters eligible to participate in the May 5 primary.

In other news, the Belmont County Board of Elections will host a ”train the trainers” session in July.

Ann Block, field representative for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, requested the board’s permission to use its offices for the training of election poll school instructors. The training will be for election officials from Belmont, Harrison, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Guernsey, Muskingum, Noble, Monroe, Morgan and Washington counties.

The board also gave the go-ahead to contact the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services to see if it has four computer workstations for the board office.

The board wants to replace old desks that were described as not being sturdy or large enough to hold computers.

According to elections board Director William Shubat, if the board has to purchase new desks, the cost will be less than $200 for all four workstations.