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7/20/16 – 5:30 A.M.

An update on Fostoria’s budget situation was given Tuesday night. The Review-Times reports Auditor Steve Garner told those at the meeting that the city expects $5.9 million in general fund revenue in 2017. The city’s expenses are estimated to be around $6.9 million, meaning Fostoria is still facing a budget deficit. The city was placed under fiscal emergency by the state earlier this year.

73 percent, or a little more than $5 million, of the city’s expenses, go toward safety services.

Garner also gave a financial report for June during the meeting. The general fund balance stands at negative $82,507. Tax receipts are up around $300,000 compared to this time last year.

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7/20/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Fostoria officials and residents talked about ways to solve the city’s budget crisis Tuesday night. The Review-Times reports three suggestions appeared to gain some traction; an increase in monthly water bills, ending a tax credit for people who live in Fostoria but work out of town, and potentially annexing land into the city.

Finance committee chair Doug Pahl suggested the water bill increase. He said an extra $15 per month per customer would raise around $882,000 per year. He suggested the additional revenue be used to help fund safety services.

Eliminating a tax credit for people who live in the city but work in other locations is estimated to raise another $500,000 in revenue. Combined with high water bills that would bring in an another $1.4 million annually.

The argument for annexation is that it would bring in more income tax revenue. However, those in attendance cautioned annexation can be hard to negotiate with neighboring communities.

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7/20/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A bank with several locations in our region is keeping its headquarters in Putnam County. The Lima News reports ground was broken Tuesday for the new Union Bank headquarters in Columbus Grove. The new building will be located at 105 Progressive Drive in the village. The more than 24,000 square foot facility is expected to open sometime in the spring of next year.

Union Bank is currently is headquartered at 100 South High Street in Columbus Grove. The bank has locations in Putnam, Hancock, Allen, and Wood Counties among others.

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7/20/16 – 4:49 A.M.

A Findlay home was damaged by a fire Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 611 West Yates Avenue around 2:35 p.m. The flames were brought under control in about 10 minutes.

The blaze was started when aluminum siding fell on a power line while a contractor was working on the house. The fire was kept to the outside of the home and caused around $1,000 worth of damage. No one was injured.

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7/19/16 – 9:41 P.M.

Although it has been a relatively dry season there is no need to be concerned about water. According to the Findlay Water Pollution Control Center, there has only been around 10 inches of precipitation between April and June. While that isn’t a lot the reservoir stands at 97% of its capacity. This level represents a 1,026-day water supply at the city’s current use.

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7/19/16 – 9:21 P.M.

Findlay City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday giving All Excavating of McComb the go-ahead to demolish a dilapidated school building. The Huber School at 1001 Blanchard Avenue will be demolished for 58,800 dollars. Council had concerns about asbestos causing issues with the demolition. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said it wouldn’t be an issue.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

All Excavating has other projects to attend to before they can demolish the old school. Once they do get to it Schmelzer says it shouldn’t take longer than a month to destroy the building.

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7/19/16 – 5:43 P.M.

Two people were injured in an accident in the 1200 block of Tiffin Avenue. The Courier reports that the accident happened around 2:21 p.m. this afternoon. 48-year-old Tammy Santarosa and 25-year-old Aaron Kistler were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hancock County EMS.

The paper says Santarosa was driving east on Tiffin Avenue when she tried to turn left and ended up in the path of 37-year-old Ian Sidaway.

Santarosa was cited for failure to yield.

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7/19/16 – 5:22 P.M.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has proven it’s effectiveness in the first six months of 2016. Troopers have already seen a 20% increase in total drug arrests compared to 2015.  OSHP has seized over 13 pounds of cocaine in one traffic stop. Over 885,000 grams of marijuana and 53,000 grams of heroin have been seized since January.

OSHP reminds you that public participation is critical to highway safety. Call #677 to report impaired drivers or drug activity.

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7/19/16 – 4:05 P.M.

Day one of the Republican National Convention caught some delegates by surprise. The Courier’s Max Filby reports that the delegates thought there would be some show of protest, but not the amount they saw.

Audio: Max Filby

Delegates that oppose Donald Trump revolted, attempting to deny him the Republican nomination.

Today he is attending several meetings and receptions in various locations in Cleveland.

Audio: Max Filby

Filby will be at the RNC all week and will continue to give us updates. You can read his articles in the Wednesday edition of the courier and at thecourier.com.

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7/19/16 – 2:44 P.M.

Preventing violence in the workplace was the topic of conversation at Monday’s Findlay Rotary Club Meeting. Scott Lowry of the University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center told those on hand that businesses should focus on catching a problem before it spirals out of control…

Audio: Scott Lowry

Lowry says it’s important to be able to identify co-workers experiencing trauma…

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Lowry adds Should the worst case scenario happen, businesses need to have plans in place…

Audio: Scott Lowry

Lowry spoke about the issue to members of the Findlay Rotary Club Monday.

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