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2/19/15 – 12:54 P.M.

When the Hancock County Commissioners tabled a purchase order to pay for staffing at the proposed addiction recovery house in Findlay this week, it created some more controversy about the issue. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says he had to deal with that fallout over the last couple of days…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

A press release from Commissioner Brian Robertson on Tuesday said “It is unnecessary to supply funding the staff when the ADAMHS board just stated last night that ‘no decision has been made.'” Robertson said today he felt some public pressure needed to be put on the ADAMHS board…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Both Robertson and Gazarek said that the purchase order will have to be paid in order for the county to avoid a lawsuit.

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2/19/15 – 11:25 A.M.

Many Findlay residents have raised several questions about the plans for an addiction recovery house over the past few weeks. This week’s questions have centered on how the ADAMHS board, the group planning the house, gets its funding.

Audio: John Kovach

John Kovach is with the Save Our Neighborhoods group and attended the Thursday Hancock County Commissioners meeting.

What he found is that ADAMHS is not funded with sales tax dollars from the general fund. Commissioner Phil Riegle explained…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Instead funding for the group comes from a levy passed by county voters. The budget is audited by the Hancock County Auditor’s Office. When the ADAMHS board pays for services unencumbered by the yearly budget, the purchase orders must be approved by the Hancock County Commissioners.

That was the case with a $49,000 line item this week. The purchase order was to pay for staffing for the proposed recovery home. The commissioners have tabled the item twice to find out more about it. However, they will eventually have to approve the item to avoid a lawsuit.

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2/19/15 – 6:50 A.M.

The Putnam County Educational Service Center is getting a funding boost through a grant. The Delphos Herald reports the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services organization has awarded the ESC $100,000. The money will be used to install the PAX Good Behavior Game in preschool through second-grade classrooms. The program is designed to help children learn good classroom habits.

One group of teachers have already received training for the program. Another group will be trained in late March.

MORE: Delphos Herald

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2/19/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A Weston man was hurt in a Findlay crash Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of Industrial and Production drives.

44-year-old Adam Wynar was driving south on Production Drive when he ran a stop sign and hit a car driven by 20-year-old Amanda Marable of Findlay. Wynar was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was also cited for a stop sign violation.


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2/19/15 – 5:24 A.M.

More discussion about Blanchard River flood mitigation took place in Putnam County last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports members of the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District did their best to ease frustrations over the slow speed of any progress. Lynn Army, the General Manager of the district, said they are waiting on a hydraulic model.

A project manager for the district says hydraulic analysis from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had gaps in the information. The watershed district is working with an engineering firm to fix the problem.

The data should be recovered by the end of the month. It will help engineers make recommendations about the I-9 bridge structure and a diversion channel. The bridge is blamed by many for slowing down water flow during flooding.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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2/19/15 – 5:12 A.M.

The Arcadia School board has been asked to allow students to use “blizzard bags” in the future. The Courier reports the Arcadia Teachers’ Organization made the request during a Wednesday meeting. Teachers say students learn more from the bags than by extending the school year to make up calamity days.

So far Arcadia has cancelled six times this school year. Ohio allows schools to have five cancellations per year. Students in the district will have a make-up day on March 20.

“Blizzard bags” allow students to make up classroom work at home with worksheets and online lessons.

MORE: The Courier

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2/19/15 – 5:03 A.M.

The location of a highly anticipated meeting of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services has been set. The organization says they will meet from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. February 24 at the Fellowship Hall at St. Andrews Church on West Sandusky Street.

The ADAMHS board could make a decision on whether to locate an addiction recovery home at 1900 Greendale Avenue during the meeting.

Those attending should use the Crawford Street entrance.

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2/18/15 – 6:51 A.M.

A change in emergency dispatch procedures was a cause for alarm at Tuesday’s North Baltimore village council meeting. The Courier reports the Wood County Sheriff’s Office wants a uniform method of dispatching fire and ambulance runs by April 1. Police Chief Allan Baer says this means they want to handle all the emergency calls for the village or none at all.

North Baltimore dispatchers handle most calls for the village, but the sheriff’s office handles some as well. According to the sheriff’s office, this can create confusion.

Both sides are expected to discuss the issue at a council-of-the-whole meeting next Tuesday.

MORE: The Courier

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2/18/15 – 5:27 A.M.

The Carey Fire Department is getting a new training facility. The Courier reports the village council is ready to submit an order for a “burn house” The building will cost a little more than $98,000 and will be constructed off of Elm Hill Road.

The equipment will be two-stories tall and be able to withstand temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees. It will also have moveable walls, plus a tower for rappelling training.

The building kit should arrive by the end of April.

MORE: The Courier

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2/18/15 – 5:17 A.M.

The Fostoria City School District is looking for a new transportation director. The Courier reports Brian Whitta is stepping down from the post at the end of the month. Whitta, who had held the position since 2013, is taking a job in real estate.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang told the school board a replacement has not been lined up yet. He added the district is working on options.

MORE: The Courier

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