Review Category : Local News

Council Adopts Downtown Buffer And Landscaping Requirements

12/4/13 5:15 a.m.
City Council passed zoning legislation for buffer and landscaping requirements for new and expanded parking lots along Main and Main Cross Streets in downtown Findlay. Councilwoman-at-large Anne Spence, the only one to vote against the legislation said she didn’t understand the necessity of the requirements. Marathon’s wall fronting Main Street was used as an example, but Spence estimated that such a wall would likely cost about $100,000, a price that could be unaffordable for other property owners. Others defended the requirements saying they will be worth it.

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FHS Newspaper Recognized Nationally

12/4/13 5:05 a.m.
The Findlay High School newspaper staff was awarded the National Scholastic Press Association’s Pacemaker Award. The recognition ranks the Blue and Gold as being one of the top three high school newspapers in the United States according to the Courier. The winners were announced at the association’s National High School Journalism Convention in Boston, Ma. on November 16. This is the Blue and Gold’s seventh nomination and fourth win.

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Sewer Work To Close Sandusky Street At Winthrop Dr.

12/4/13 5 a.m.
City workers will begin repairs on a collapsed sanitary sewer beneath West Sandusky Street at Winthrop Drive today. West Sandusky Street will be closed between Emma Street and Glessner Avenue from approximately 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The city’s engineering department will issue further notices if the closure is expected to last longer than original time frame.

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Crash Tempoiarily Closes Westbound SR 15..No Injuries

12/4/13 4:50 a.m.
A noninjury crash closed the westbound lanes of State Route 15 for period of time Tuesday night. A van pulling a trailer, driven by 18 year-old Glenn Loe of Hoytville, was westbound on SR 15 near Township Road 196 in Amanda Township, when he lost control. The vehicle went off of the north side of the roadway flipping on its side. Neither Loe or his passenger, 26 year-old James Womack of Leipsic were injured. Loe was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.

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Health Insurance Premiums To Rise For County Employees

12/4/13 4:40 a.m.
Hancock County Employees and County Commissioners will be contributing more toward their health insurance premiums beginning in 2014. County employees will contribute 17 percent of the premium each month, an increase of 2 percent. The Commissioners agreed to pay the balance at their Tuesday meeting according to the Courier. Premiums were expected to remain flat next year, but another county dropped out of the insurance pool and rates went up.

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Public Hearing Scheduled For Proposed Substation

12/4/13 4:25 a.m.
A public hearing is scheduled for later this month on a proposed substation to be built northeast of Findlay. American Electric Power is planning to build an $11 million facility on a 67 acre site southwest of the intersection of Hancock County Road 216 and Cass Township Road 238. The equipment will occupy four acres. The hearing will be conducted by the Ohio Power Siting Board, part of the PUCO. Area residents will be able to ask questions and voice concerns during the December 16 hearing at 6 p.m. in the conference room in Owens community college’s Education Center.

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City Adopts New Agreement With Firefighter’s Union

12/4/13 6am

The city of Findlay has a new contract in place with its firefighters. The Courier reports the deal with the International Association of Firefighters Local 381, which took several months to negotiate, will be retroactive to January. The contract includes no guaranteed raises but there is the possibility for pay increases in 2015. The new contract also contains union concessions, some of which will affect new hires. For instance, new firefighters won’t be able to accumulate as much sick time, and the number of years it will take a firefighter to reach maximum pay was extended from five to seven years.

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New Seneca Co. Economic Development Chief Named

12/3/13 4:15 p.m.
A new president and CEO has been named to head up the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. The Advertiser Tribune reports David Zak, the current chief of the Business Services Division at Ohio Development Services Agency, will take over for Rich Focht, who is retiring after leading the organization for the last 24 years, according to the Advertiser Tribune. Zak will assume his new duties on January 6th.

 

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Seneca Co. Scam Involves CVB Visitors Guide

12/3/13 4 p.m.
Destination Seneca County, the county’s CVB, has learned of a new phone scam involving ads for their visitors guide. The Advertiser Tribune reports the perpetrators are using the ad from the current edition to contact the advertiser and sell a new ad over the phone taking a credit card number. Under no circumstances do those at Destination Seneca County accept credit cards. If people have given their credit card information to someone saying they were with Destination Seneca County, they should contact their credit card company and inform them of the scam.

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Leipsic Village Council Talks About Raises..Plan To Exit Fiscal Emergency

12/3/13 2:45 p.m.
Leipsic village council met Monday and gave first reading to an ordinance that will set wages for village workers in 2014. Nancy Klein of the Putnam County Sentinel was there..

Audio:  Nancy Klein

Village council discussed the matter in a personnel meeting first before taking action. Leipsic village council will also schedule a work session with the state auditor to discuss a plan to exit fiscal emergency status which the state placed them in back in 2010..

Audio:  Nancy Klein

Nancy Klein of the Putnam County Sentinel says most of the issues have been addressed except for the waste water treatment plant. She said improvements have to be completed at the plant before receiving a reimbursement from the federal government.

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