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10/4/16 – 7:20 A.M.

Carey village council is looking for more funding sources to buy a new fire truck. The Courier reports the village will apply for an Assistance for Firefighters grant. The grant can provide between $100,000 and $500,000 for fire departments.

Carey has already received a grant for more than $104,000 to buy an aerial pumper truck. The village plans to borrow around $858,000 to pay for the truck, which council ordered in August. Officials expect to get the truck in around 14 months.

JustWrite Solutions will help the village apply for the grant. Council approved a $3,500 contract with the company during their Monday meeting.

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10/4/16 – 6:54 A.M.

Crews will be repaving roads in two Liberty Township subdivisions starting today. The township trustees say work will take place in the Western Meadows and Palm areas. Milling work starts today, with repaving to follow.

To make way for the project, parking isn’t allowed on streets in those areas between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. You might not have access to the street in front of your home at times during the project.

For more information, you can call the township building at (419)422-1330.

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10/4/16 – 5:33 A.M.

Connections to sewer lines led to some heated discussion at Monday’s Columbus Grove village council meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Albert Morales Jr. had issues with how the village handled inspecting connections he made for himself and other family members.

Morales said a village employee inspected the hook-ups while Village Administrator Jeff Vance was on vacation. The employee approved the connections, but Vance did not pass one of them when he returned.

Council voted to test the line in question. If it passes the test Vance will approve the connection.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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10/4/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Sewer lining work will take on several Findlay streets this week. The city’s engineering department reports you may notice white steam coming from the areas where work is taking place. A release from the department says the steam could be mistaken for smoke.

Crews will work on the lining project today on Edinborough, Ferndale, and Hollybrook. Work will take place on Edith, Delmonte, and Cottonwood Wednesday. Thursday will see lining taking place on South Blanchard, Churchill and Hollybrook. Crews plan to wrap up on Friday on West Melrose, South Blanchard, and Greendale.

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10/4/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners cancelled a meeting about the future widening of Road 5 at the last moment last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 20 residents between Gilboa and Leispic have petitioned to widen Road 5 between State Route 224 and Road E.

According to the newspaper, Commissioner Vince Schroeder and County Administrator Jack Betscher left just before the meeting stated. Schroeder said they were cancelling the meeting because of a “mistake in the language of the petition.”

Ottawa attorney Matt Cunningham asked for the commissioners to hold the meeting as planned. Commissioner John Love said the commissioners wanted to meet with their lawyer before moving forward.

Cunningham represented landowners in their suit against the commissioners for the widening of Road 5 north of U.S. 224.

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10/4/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Arlington officials talked about the village’s contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Monday. The Courier reports there was some discussion about if the sheriff’s office had overcharged Arlington for extra patrols. Councilman Terry Lynn Huffman said he was worried the allegations from community members might keep them from supporting a levy for park and swimming pool upgrades.

A contract to pay for extra patrols in the village is expiring in November. Last month council voted not to renew the $34,000-per-year deal. Village Fiscal Officer Greg Glick said he did not believe the sheriff’s office overcharged the town.

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10/3/16 – 7:54 A.M.

A car crash in Dunkirk knocked out power to part of the village Friday night. WKTN radio reports the crash happened on South Main Street near the railroad tracks. A driver reportedly hit a parked car and then a utility pole. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.


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10/3/16 – 7:10 A.M.

Police arrested a man in Fostoria this weekend on a sex-crime charge. The Review-Times reports 42-year-old Bernard Chavous faces a count of sexual imposition for his alleged involvement with a 13-year-old girl.

The girl’s mother contacted police when she learned about the incident. She said it happened in the 500 block of Sandusky Street.

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You’ll want to watch for road work on a couple of Findlay Street this week. The city’s engineering department says a project will close Woodsworth Drive to through traffic between Tiffin Avenue and Fostoria Avenue. Crews will also close Oakdale Drive to through traffic between Tiffin and Fostoria avenues.

You’re asked to avoid these areas if possible. The city engineering expects short traffic delays where work is taking place.

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10/3/16 – 5:38 A.M.

Gas prices have jumped over the last seven days. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular is $2.22 in Findlay today. That’s a 30 cent increase over the last seven days. Prices are still below what we were paying a year ago, when a gallon of regular cost $2.49.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $2.19 per gallon.

The statewide average is $2.21 today.

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