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4/13/16 – 4:54 A.M.

McComb officials will lobby the Northwestern Water and Sewer District for membership this week. The Courier reports a meeting will be held Thursday for village representatives to present their case to join the district. If accepted, the organization would oversee McComb’s water plant and sewage treatment plant. So far there’s no timeline on when the district might make a decision.

Village officials say increased maintenance costs and regulations from the EPA are the primary reasons for joining the group. Water and sewer rates are likely to go up in McComb, but council members have said that was likely going to happen no matter what. The details of any cost increases are still being analyzed.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District manages water and sewer plants for towns in Wood County, as well as some in Seneca and Sandusky counties.

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4/12/2016 – 7:37 pm

The debate between Hancock-Wood Electric CO-OP and American Electric Power in the City of Findlay continues. At the heart of the issues is franchise agreements between the city and both utilities to operate within the city limits. Councilman Jeff Wobser said after a meeting of the whole this afternoon that both presented their company positions on the dispute.

Audio: Jeff Wobser

Hancock-Wood had previously held service territory on land that was annexed by the City of Findlay. A customer in that territory, Rowmark had contracted with AEP Ohio to provide them with electric service, thus moving into Hancock-Wood service territory. However, AEP Ohio had a franchise agreement to operate inside Findlay City limits, as did Hancock-Wood.

Hancock-Wood had requested that The City of Findlay modify their existing franchise agreement to state that utilities operate in existing service territories. Eventually, the issue would be heard by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, but the PUCO might ask what The City of Findlay’s intention in granting service agreements would be, thus calling for the question. Councilman Jeff Wobser noted that while council still would consider existing legislation to grant Hancock Wood’s request, there would be more matters to consider.

Audio: Jeff Wobser

At the last council meeting, the city council heard first reading on legislation which would adopt language proposed by Hancock-Wood into their existing franchise agreement with the city.

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4/12/2016 – 3:27 pm

The Findlay Water Distribution Department has lifted a water boil advisory for 20 residences.

An advisory was issued to 19 homes on Brenda Court including ones at 1110, 1111, 1114, 1115, 1118, 1119, 1122, 1123, 1126, 1127, 1130, 1131, 1134, 1135, 1138, 1139, 1142, 1146, 1150.

A boil advisory for 1200 Concord Court in Findlay was also lifted.

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4/12/2016 – 3:22 pm

A Mount Cory woman took the stand Tuesday to testify against her accused rapist. The Courier reports a Hancock County jury heard testimony in the case against Clinton D. Berry, faces two counts of rape, aggravated burglary, and kidnapping, all first-degree felonies.

The victim testified that on March 13th 2015 see fell asleep on her couch at her Mount Cory residence. Around midnight, she heard a noise and saw Berry coming toward her. She was handcuffed and taken to her son’s upstairs bedroom where she was also handcuffed to her son’s bed. He was not at home during the alleged incidents. Authorities said that Berry allegedly raped the victim throughout the night and left the next morning.

The victim drove herself to Bluffton Hospital and was later transferred to Blanchard Valley Hospital for proper testing. The trial continues tomorrow.

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4/12/2016 – 11:00 am

Lima Avenue is reduced to one lane in both directions today between Lake Cascades and Logan Avenue for road work. The Findlay Engineering Department says that the work will be in effect from 7am through 7pm both today and tomorrow.

Avoid the area if at all possible and short delays are expected over the next couple of days.

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4/12/16 – 5:27 A.M.

The current Carey school building will be demolished in the near future. But before that happens, the Carey Area Paranormal Energy Research Society might get a chance to investigate the soon-to-be-vacant building. Sylvia Nye Daniels told the school board her group hopes to verify stories of “activity” in the building.

The Courier reports group could have access to the building between June 1 and July 10 as long as they sign a release. Daniels says the organization will share their results with the board.

This is the final year in the old building. The next school year in Carey will start in a new building being constructed on South Vance Street.

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4/12/16 – 5:13 A.M.

A road just west of Findlay will be closed for culvert repair for the next couple of days. Hancock County Engineer Chris Long says County Road 95 will be closed between Silver Lake Drive and Torrey Pines while the work is done. The repair is expected to be finished on Thursday.

You’re advised to avoid that area if possible.

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A two-car crash injured two Findlay residents Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports a semi driven by 49-year-old Abdul Razzaq Chohan of California tried to enter U.S. 68 at the State Route 15 exit ramp around 1:45 p.m. As he entered the highway, Chohan pulled into the path of a car driven by 45-year-old Ricky Pinwell of Findlay.

Pinwell and a passenger, 32-year-old Christopher King, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Chohan was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign.

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4/12/16 – 4:58 A.M.

McComb officials will pursue a grant to give kids in the village a safer route to school. The Courier reports village council has approved plans to apply for a Safe Route to School grant from ODOT. If approved, the village could improve traffic signals and repairing sidewalks near the school.

Safe Route to School grants help pay for things like safer bike and walking routes to schools in the state.

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4/12/16 – 4:51 A.M.

Officials with Findlay City Schools aren’t happy with the new turf at Donnell Stadium, and as a result a bill for more than $500,000 has gone unpaid. Superintendent Ed Kurt told the school board Monday that the field had not been substantially completed. Kurt says there is an issue with 24 drains on the field. The district either wants the drains fixed or for FieldTurf to completely redo the work. Once the district is happy, the bill will be paid by the Donnell Foundation, which is a private fund that pays for stadium upkeep.

School board member Shane Pochard says FieldTurf, based in Georgia, has show a lack of response to concerns from the district. The field is not flat, but teams were able to play on it last year because natural grass fields have a crown for drainage. However turf fields should not need a crown.

So far the company has only agreed to fix issues with lettering on the field.

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