Search for a new supervisor for the Township of Ovid, in the County of Branch


Ovid Township in South Central Branch County faces a sort of dilemma. And something like a disturbance. The communal supervisor resigned. The city council has just accepted the decision of former supervisor Greg Gemmill to resign from his post. The municipality has the posted position on its website, as well as a detailed list of the main responsibilities work.

And that’s the reaction everywhere from a township resident who posted a sign, clearly, if not crudely, criticizing President Joe Biden. This is not the first time that someone has done this to a president in some time. This issue became the way it was handled by the municipality. Then Supervisor Gemmill somehow made the decision not to go through the normal township channels to deal with the panel and the resident who put it in plain view. Instead, he contacted a regional television outlet.

And from there, things kind of fell apart. The Daily Reporter notes that there had apparently been some back and forth involving the canton chiefs once the media coverage has started. Reporter’s coverage indicating that there have been difficult times involving the township leaders. And that’s not to mention the exchange between the owner of the sign and former Supervisor Gemmill at a recent Township Board meeting.

So now, with several major issues facing the township, residents are hoping for strong new leadership. A standard development of solar energy production is proposed for the municipality. This is something that could mean increased tax revenue for the township and a solid new business in the long run which is is already investing in community programs. The other big problem at Ovid is a threat of legal action over zoning laws enacted by the township to manage the sale and production of recreational and commercial marijuana.

The township hopes to have a new supervisor on the job by next month to help lead the way, and some administrators say follow township guidelines when it comes to sensitive issues like secular political signs.

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