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4/30/15 – 5:07 A.M.

Some downtown Findlay business owners are concerned about fewer parking spaces on Sandusky Street. The Courier reports many parking spots on the south side of the street have been done away with during the construction of the Marathon Petroleum parking garage. There’s no guarantee they’ll come back after construction is over as traffic patterns could change.

Renz Salanga is the owner of Stix and the co-owner of Trans Am Meatballs. Salanga told the newspaper there are seven restaurants on the 100 block and only 13 parking spaces right now.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that during peak Marathon travel times some of the former parking spots need to be eliminated to allow for safe driving. Schmelzer added that with the Marathon garage open, many public spots downtown have opened up.

The city will study traffic on East Sandusky to determine how what to do about parking in the 100 block.

MORE: The Courier

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VIDEO: USW Members Protest Outside Marathon Petroleum

4/29/15 – 11:35 A.M.

Members of the United Steelworkers protested in front of Marathon Petroleum’s headquarters in downtown Findlay today. The rally took place ahead of the company’s shareholder meeting.

David McCall is a District 1 director for the USW. He says Marathon is insisting on rolling back safety precautions at the Galveston Bay, Texas refinery…

Audio: David McCall

Marathon has since bought the facility.

McCall outlined some of the union demands…

Audio: David McCall

McCall said it doesn’t make sense that Marathon hasn’t settled in Galveston Bay. He added all but three refineries across the nation that went on strike earlier this year have agreed to a national settlement on the safety issue.

A statement from Marathon says, “The primary area of disagreement between the union and the industry is not related to safety, it is the union’s requirement that a settlement include a commitment to replace contract workers at their represented refineries with (union) members.”

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4/29/15 – 5:30 A.M.

An official with a bank in Bluffton will meet with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in Washington D.C. today. Eric Faulkner is the executive vice president of Citizens Bank of Bluffton. He’ll be among 17 people to meet with the Senator. Brown says the group will be talking about the importance of community banks in the state.

Brown says he would like to see “targeted regulatory relief” for the smallest banks in the nation. He adds regulations on community banks can be rolled back in a way that doesn’t undermine safety, soundness, and consumer protections.

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4/29/15 – 5:30 A.M.

We continue our candidate profiles in the lead up to the May primary today with a look at Jim Staschiak, who is running for reelection in the Findlay Auditor’s race. Staschiak says long term planning is key to the auditor’s position…

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak says while numbers can change over a long period, having the plan in place provides a “road map” for the community.

Many people following the auditor’s race have been focusing on how the person in that role should interact with other city offices. Staschiak says more has been made of that issue than needs to be…

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Staschiak adds ultimately it’s important for the city auditor to remain objective while still helping goals get accomplished.

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4/29/15 – 5:25 A.M.

Ottawa Township trustees in Putnam County heard criticism about a plan to reduce flooding during a Tuesday meeting. The Lima News reports the trustees stood by plans to change the I-9 bridge approach when it was all said and done.

The bridge has been blamed for acting like a dam since it was rebuilt in 1996. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suggested changing the bridge approach would drop flood levels in Ottawa. Those opposing the plan say there’s been more rain since the bridge was built, giving an appearance the bridge is to blame. Opponents also say they are concerned about flooding in other areas if the changes are made.

MORE: Lima News

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4/29/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Opposition to an addiction recovery home was discussed at Tuesday’s ADAMHS board meeting. The group has been trying to establish two recovery houses in the city, but has faced backlash from two neighborhoods. The Courier reports residents of the Oakdale Drive area have told ADAMHS they would try to actively defeat the board’s next levy if a recovery home was established there.

ADAMHS Director Precia Stuby says owners of a home had offered to sell to the board. However the offer was rescinded before any action could be taken.

Tom Shutlz lives in that area and spoke at the Tuesday ADAMHS meeting. He said he agreed there should be a recovery home in the city, but not in an area zoned for single family homes.

MORE: The Courier

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4/29/15 – 4:56 A.M.

Two people were arrested following a police chase in Findlay Tuesday. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident began in the 2800 block of South Main Street around 2:20 p.m. in the afternoon.

Investigators say 24-year-old Ashley Brown refused to pull over for an officer. Around two miles later Brown gave up, and stopped near the U.S. 68 – State Route 15 interchange south of the city. She’s facing a charge of failure to comply. A passenger, 32-year-old Brandon Brown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

No one was injured during the chase.

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4/28/15 – 11:19 A.M.

A bridge southwest of Vanlue will be replaced this summer. The Hancock County Commissioners approved a contract with a Kentucky company to provide the beams for the bridge on Amanda Township Road 167 over the Stahl Ditch during their Tuesday meeting. The beams will cost $40,500.

County Engineer Chris Long says a start date for construction hasn’t been determined yet. Once work begins it should take two-to-three months to complete.

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4/28/15 – 10:56 A.M.

The West Ohio Food Bank recently received a large donation. The agency announced today that the NFC Foundation is giving $5,000 to the food bank for the Summer Back Pack Program. The money will be used to provide children in need with meals over the summer.

The food bank aims to provide 500 qualified children in its service area with the backpacks for 10 weeks. They include two items for each meal, plus snacks and a drink. The money from NFC will help buy 50,000 products for the effort.

The West Ohio Food Bank serves 11 counties in our region including Hancock and Putnam.

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4/28/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Our look at the upcoming May primary election focuses on the Findlay city auditor race today. The challenger in the race, Councilwoman-at-large Anne Spence, says she has the experience to do the job…

Audio: Anne Spence

Spence says that as the Director of Special Kids Therapy she also handles budget responsibilities. She adds that while the budget amounts are very different the fundamentals are the same.

Spence says when it comes to city budgeting, there’s one thing she would like to do differently if elected…

Audio: Anne Spence

Spence also says she is in favor of allowing some businesses to defer tax payments because it allows for more accurate projections of revenue.

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