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7/22/14 – 12:28 A.M.

Residents in the Forest Lake subdivision of Findlay hope that a solution to their flooding issues are coming soon. Three people who live along a retention pond in that area spoke to the Hancock County Commissioners about the issue again today.

Kerry Trombli says he knows work is being done, but time is critical…

Audio: Kerry Trombli

County Engineer Chris Long says he’s confident an additional 12-inch drainage pipe next to the pond will help solve the problem.

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7/22/14 – 12:19 P.M.

What looks to be the final change order for the new Hancock County engineering garage has been submitted to the county commissioners. If approved, what was submitted as a little more than a $2.6 million project will finish up at a little more than $2.8 million.

Commissioner Brian Roberston says that’s pretty good all things considered…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The latest change includes more than $45,000 to install a natural gas pump.

Robertson says they had to have a special pump installed…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The gas pump will help the generator for the facility fire in case of a power outage.

Today’s change order was for $75,740. The total for all change orders to the project was a little more than $128,000.

The final change order was tabled by the commissioners today for review.

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7/22/14 – 11:38 A.M.

A stretch of road in Marion Township just outside of Findlay could have a slower speed limit in the future. The Marion Township Trustees have asked the Hancock County Commissioners to look into lowering Township Rad 212 to 45 mph between County Road 236 and State Route 12. The Cass Township Trustees are also asking for the reduction, as part of the road sits on the border between the two townships.

Before the limit can be reduced, the county has to do some work. A traffic count and speed study would have to be done to see if lowering the speed limit is necessary.

Township Road 212 is already 45 mph between State Route 12 and U.S. 224.


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7/22/14 – 9:03 A.M.

After months of steady decline, the unemployment rate went up in June for Hancock and the surrounding counties. New numbers released by the Department of Job and Family Service show the jobless rate at 4.5 percent in Hancock County. That’s up from 4 percent in May, but is still 3 percent lower than it was last June.

Putnam and Wyandot Counties were both still under 5 percent unemployment. Putnam County’s unemployment rate was 4.4 while Wyandot was at 4.7.

The rest of the region shaped up like this: Seneca County at 5.3, Wood County checked in at 5.4, both Henry and Allen Counties were at 5.6, and Hardin County is at 5.9 percent unemployment.

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7/22/14 – 7:21 A.M.

Arlington voters will be asked to approve two levies for fire protection this fall. The Courier reports village council voted to place the measures on the ballot during their Monday meeting.

A 2.5-mill, 5-year renewal levy would raise $51,000 a year for operating expenses. A separate 1-mill levy will also be included on the ballot. It would raise $20,000 a year to pay for equipment.

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7/22/14 – 5:11 A.M.
Update – 6:38 A.M.

Alcohol is suspected as a factor in an early morning crash near Van Buren that injured two people today. The single-car accident happened around 1:15 a.m. on State Route 613, east of Hancock County Road 140.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 38-year-old Lucina Brose of Fostoria was driving west on Route 613 when she drove off the north side of the road, hitting two trees and a mailbox before coming to rest near a house.

Brose was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Her passenger, 4-year-old Josiah Brose, was taken by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo. There was no word on their conditions.

The crash remains under investigation.


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7/22/14 – 5:28 A.M.

A law enforcement officer was honored by the village of Carey Monday night. The Courier reports Patrolman Sutton Flick was given the village’s medal of honor for resolving an armed shooter situation just outside Carey last November.

Flick was the first on the scene at the Carey Conservation Club when Richard Clark shot and killed two people. Flick had his weapon drawn as Clark left the building. Flick was able to get Clark to throw his gun down. Clark is now serving two life sentences.

Flick has also received the officer of the year award from Owens Community College. He finished second for the Fraternal Order of Police state award.

MORE: The Courier

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The superintendent of the Fostoria school district was given a new contract Monday. The Courier reports the school board approved a deal through 2019 with Andrew Sprang. The contract will pay Sprang $92,000 a year.

Sprang has been the superintendent since November of 2012, when he replaced the retiring Steve Pritts. Before that he was the principal at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School.

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7/22/14 – 5:06 A.M.

The Riverdale school board took no action regarding a kindergarten teacher who has been a flashpoint for controversy last night. The Courier reports a 45 minute executive session on personnel matters was held during a special meeting. In the end the board made no decision on Barb Williams’ future.

Williams was suspended by the board in May after security video surfaced that showed her shoving a student, and picking him up by his face. She has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment.

No comment was given by the school’s administration following the meeting. A regular school board meeting will be held July 28 at 7 p.m.

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7/22/14 – 4:56 A.M.

Findlay city council will take a look at the budget today to see how things are going halfway through the year. The meeting will allow auditor Jim Staschiak to go over what the numbers look like right now compared to what was budgeted in January.

The Courier reports long-term budget planning will also be a topic of conversation. Staschiak tells the newspaper he’ll make another appeal for long-term budgeting. Mayor Lydia Mihalik says she’s in favor of planning for more than one year at a time, but that expense priorities have to be based on clear revenue trends.

Numbers projected for 2015 look strong so far. General fund revenue is expected to be $26.8 million next year. That’s slightly more than the $26.7 million being estimated for this year.

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