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10/8/15 – 5:17 A.M.

After flood waters poured into Kalida this past summer, officials in the Putnam County village are taking steps to give residents a better warning of when trouble is brewing. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Kalida Safety Council has given approval to install a flood gauge along the Ottawa River.

County funding may be available for the equipment. The gauge is expected to cost $3,500, plus $500 annually for maintenance. It would be placed at the Road 19 crossing of the Ottawa River.

Police Chief Jim Gulker says the gauge would assist in county-wide safety during flood events.

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10/8/15 – 5:06 A.M.

A child was hospitalized after he was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bike in Findlay Wednesday. The Findlay Police Department reports the incident happened around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Main Cross and Main streets.

The boy was crossing Main Cross Street when he was hit by a truck driven by 21-year-old Alissa McDonald of Bowling Green. Officers say the boy suffered, “very minor” injuries.

No citations were issued because of conflicting reports. The boy was not publicly identified.

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10/7/15 – 5:08 A.M.

A Fostoria industrial building is closer to seeing signs of life again. The Courier reports Fostoria City Council took the first step toward authorizing a $150,000 loan to Mennel Milling during their Tuesday meeting. Mennel Milling is planning on operating at a former fertilizer facility at 602 Findlay Street.

The $150,000 would come from Fostoria’s revolving loan fund. It would be used to replace conveyors in the factory.

City council must have three readings of the ordinance before it can be approved.

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10/7/15 – 5:00 A.M.

A Findlay man is accused of attacking a pregnant woman and spitting on a police officer. The Courier reports 28-year-old Brendan McClellan was indicted by the Hancock County grand jury on charges of domestic violence and harassment with a bodily substance.

McClellan reportedly hit a pregnant woman in the face and tried to drag her down an alley on September 24. He then allegedly spit on the responding police officer.

McClellan has two previous domestic violence convictions. One happened in Findlay in 2013, the other was in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court in 2014.

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10/7/15 – 4:48 A.M.

It looks like it will cost a little under $1 million dollars for the next round of tree clearing from the Blanchard River. The Courier reports bids for the project were opened Tuesday. H&H Land Clearing of Middlefield submitted the lowest bid, at $923,000. The project will see nearly 9,000 dead ash trees and other downed debris removed from the river.

More than 55,000 parcels in the Blanchard River watershed will be assessed $17 for the work.

The Hancock County Commissioners must review the bid before it is officially approved.

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10/7/15 – 4:23 A.M.

A historic feat of engineering is on hold in Wood County. Ohio Department of Transportation officials say this Saturday’s Interstate 75 “bridge slide” project will be delayed until at least next week to repair bearings that will move the span into place. The first-in-Ohio project involves building the new, wider bridge over U.S. Route Six, then sliding it into the spot of the current bridge. ODOT is using this process to minimize the impact on traffic.

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10/6/2015 – 8:42 pm

The City of Findlay will soon help to alleviate the costs of living in a part of the city. At the council meeting Monday night, the council approved a report which recommended the waiving of sanitary sewer permit fees for the upcoming sanitary sewer project. This would affect the residents and businesses in the West Park area of the city.

The report recommended a one-time payment of $400.00 or a six-year payment of $100.00 per year to help the residents pay for the tap fees. The idea behind the recommendation was that it would help ease the burden for the residents in West Park.

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10/6/2015 – 8:40 pm

The City of Findlay will be making improvements to the railroad intersection at Lima and Western Avenues. At the City Council meeting, the council approved a report which called for the city to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Rail Development Commission for upgrades at that intersection.

Per the agreement, the ORDC will pay 100 percent of the costs for the upgrades at no cost to the city. The estimated project cost is around $135,000.00.

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