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2/19/14 – 8:39 A.M.
Update – 11:32 A.M.

Officials in the city of Findlay are keeping a close eye on the forecast this week. Mayor Lydia Mihalik said that storms moving into the area tomorrow night could drop about three-quarters of an inch of rain. With the snow on the ground right now, that could mean minor flooding.

Mihalik says the preliminary concerns are power outages caused by strong winds Thursday…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

As far as flash flooding goes, Mihalik says if you can safely do so, you might try and move snow off of storm sewer drains…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

The city is expected to get another update on the weather and Blanchard River flood forecasts at least two more times before Thursday’s storm front hits.

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2/19/14 – 7:35 A.M.

With warming temperatures, melting snow, and rain all in the forecast for the rest of the week; a Wood County village is getting ready for rising flood waters. The Sentintel Tribune reports sandbags will be made available at the village’s utility garage from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The village is also providing fill for the bags.

The village has about 1,800 bags available to fill.

Pemberville is on the banks of the Portage River.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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2/19/14 – 5:27 A.M.

An interim treasurer is in charge of finances for the Bettsville School District in Seneca County. The Advertiser-Tribune reports Jamie Pearson will serve in the role until further notice. Pearson is also the treasurer for Old Fort Local Schools.

The former Bettsville treasurer, Roger Luhring, was placed on paid administrative leave last week. The reason for the move has not been made public, but the newspaper reports the process of terminating Luhring has begun.

MORE: Advertiser-Tribune

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2/19/14 – 5:21 A.M.

Efforts to keep water pipes from freezing during this brutally cold winter won’t cost North Baltimore residents extra. The Courier reports village council agreed last night to charge customers’ February 2014 water bills at their February 2013 rate – if this year’s bill is higher.

Residents told council members they had been allowing their water to trickle or drip from faucets in an effort to keep pipes from freezing this winter.

MORE: The Courier

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2/19/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Bluffton will participate in a state bridge inspection program. Village council passed a resolution this week to enter into the program with ODOT at no cost to Bluffton. The state will hire consultants to do the work.

The Spring Street Bridge will be the first to be inspected. The general condition of the structure will be examined first, followed by a fracture inspection.

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2/19/14 – 5:09 A.M.

The topic of snow covered sidewalks was discussed at last night’s Fostoria city council meeting. Administrators and council members were asked to look at cracking down on people who haven’t removed snow from their walks. Councilman at-large Thomas Lake said the uncleared sidewalks have led to people walking on the street, creating a dangerous situation. He added he has noticed the issue on Countyline Street primarily.

As it stands right now, only Fostoria police officers can write tickets for people who don’t plow their sidewalk. Lake is asking officials to consider changing an ordinance so that city zoning officials can also issue citations. The proposal would also hold property owners financially responsible if city crews had to clear their walks.

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2/19/14 – 4:46 A.M.

One of the suspects in a Findlay murder wants his bond reduced. The Courier reports the attorney for 21-year-old Ralph Harris III of Findlay is asking for a bond reduction, or that payment on 10% of the $1 million bond be allowed. Drew Mihalik argued that his client has lived in Findlay since he was 14-years-old and has a child in the area.

The prosecution is asking for the bond to stay in place, as clothing, cash, a handgun and drugs were allegedly found in a vehicle with Harris when he was arrested. Alex Treece argued this meant Harris was ready to run.

Judge Joseph Niemeyer will make a decision on the issue at a later date. Harris, who is accused with 21-year-old Montre Robinson of killing Joe Gutierrez on November 8, is scheduled to go to trial on April 7.

MORE: The Courier

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2/18/14 – 7:42 A.M.

Now that State Representative Rex Damschroder has pulled his name off the ballot for the primary election vote in Ohio’s 88 house district, another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring. Bill Reineke, a member of the Reineke Family Dealerships, will file to run as a write-in candidate in the race.

Damschroder announced last week he was withdrawing from the race after clerical errors were discovered on his nominating petitions. He has not yet made a decision to run as a write-in.

The 88th House District includes Sandsuky and parts of northern Seneca County.

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2/18/14 – 7:15 A.M.

Arlington residents may be paying more on their water rates later this year. The Courier reports in an effort to generate “seed money” to build a new water tower, rates may be raised. The villages public affairs board hasn’t officially enacted a rate change yet. However it is expected the base rate change will be $2 for each two-month billing cycle.

The rate increase is expected to generate $6,000 annually.

MORE: The Courier

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