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02/09/17 – 4:37 P.M.

A Perrysburg company submitted the only bid for the Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court renovation project. The Courier reports that Spieker Co. gave a bid nearly $320,000 over the architect’s estimate. Their bid was over $1.1 million. The architect’s estimate of the renovation is a little more than $820,000.

The bid will be reviewed but it’s possible that bids will have to be looked for again. The bid was over 10% of the estimate which is the limit allowed by the state.

The work will upgrade the safety and security of employees and visitors at the court. This includes a security entrance, window replacement, concrete repairs, and reopening and rebuilding a stairway. They will also build new restrooms on the first floor and work on heating/ventilating and air conditioning repairs.


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02/09/17 – 2:55 P.M.
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There are two stop lights out on Main Cross in Findlay. One light is out at the intersection of West Main Cross and Cory Street. The other is at the intersection of West Main Cross and Southwestern. The Traffic Department reports that the issue is with the power for the lights. They say that the underground power wires may have gone bad. There is no estimated time to when the lights will be back on.

Until the lights are working again, you must treat them as a four-way stop.

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2/9/17 – 7:21 A.M.

Seneca County officials talked about emergency medical services during a Wednesday meeting. The Review-Times reports the discussion focused on the future of volunteer EMS squads. The newspaper says several in attendance felt the day is coming where the county will have to pay for full-time services. They said fewer volunteers are an issue.

Others at the meeting supported the current four joint ambulance district system. County EMS Director Ken Majors says a fifth district is in the works. Majors will lead further discussions on the issue.

The newspaper says there were some points of contention at the meeting. Some felt the gathering shouldn’t have been open to the public. Ohio sunshine laws required the meeting to be public because all three county commissioners were there. Some townships also sent more than one trustee.

MORE: Review-Times

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2/9/17 – 6:58 A.M.

Hancock County Republicans will hear from State Auditor David Yost later this month. Yost will be the keynote speaker at the GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner on February 20. The event takes place at the DOCK at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

The cost for the event is $20 and reservations are due Friday. For more information you can email gop@hancockcountygop.org.

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2/9/17 – 5:26 A.M.

ODOT could remove a flashing traffic light at an intersection in Leipsic, and village officials aren’t happy about it. The Putnam County Sentinel reports ODOT says the light at the intersection of State Route 613 and County Road 7 doesn’t qualify for a light of any kind. The village had applied to make the signal a full stoplight.

Officials don’t want to take the light down because of safety concerns. The village installed the light at the intersection several decades ago because of increased truck traffic. Mayor Kevin Benton says, “I just think it’s silly. You’ve got some sort of warning device and you’ve got to take it down because they don’t like it.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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2/9/17 – 5:14 A.M.

Voters in the McComb school district aren’t likely to see a building levy on the ballot this year. The Courier reports the Ohio School Facilities Commission has not yet made a recommendation on whether new construction or expansion is the route the district should take. Board members talked about the issue during a Wednesday night meeting.

An employee of a Celina-based architecture firm told the board he hasn’t received a lot of information from the OSFC. He added once the agency makes a decision on the necessity new building, they’ll let the board know how much the state would cover.

Board members say even if they get the information soon, they won’t have enough time to get a bond issue ready for the November election.

MORE: The Courier

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2/9/17 – 4:56 A.M.

Police arrested a Findlay man following a Wednesday morning drug raid. The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force says officers served a warrant at 425 Monroe Avenue, Lot 32 around 6:30 a.m. Officers took 27-year-old Justin Beagle into custody.

Investigators say they found crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, prescription narcotics, and marijuana in the home. They also reportedly found drug paraphernalia, criminal tools and items that indicated drug trafficking from the home.

Beagle faces charges of possession of crack cocaine and possession of heroin, and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

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