Review Category : Local News

Findlay 2015 Budget Available to the Public Before Next Week’s Hearing

12/04/14     12:45 p.m.

As we near the end of the year the city of Findlay is gearing up for 2015 by preparing the budget. The budget is available on the auditor’s page of the city’s website for the public to review before next week’s budget hearings.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

City auditor Jim Staschiak said it’s been his office’s goal to make the city’s finances available to not only council and the administration but also to the public in an understandable way. Staschiak said by making the budget available now, anyone with questions or concerns will have time to contact their council member before next week.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Some of the key parts of this year’s finance book are the city’s strategic objectives, budget summaries of 2015 and ’16 and details of all the expenses and revenues.

Budget hearings for 2015 will take place next Thursday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Municipal Building third-floor conference room.

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Rover Pipeline Construction May Begin in 2016

12/04/14     10:45 a.m.

Next month Energy Transfer will apply for federal approval for the natural gas Rover Pipeline to be extended from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in eastern Ohio west through Ohio and into Michigan to reach its final destination in Ontario, Canada. The Rover Pipeline could pass through 18 Ohio counties, including Hancock, Seneca, Wood and Henry. If approved, construction would begin in 2016.

Energy Transfer executives told the Courier they will ask for a 60-foot permanent easement along the pipeline for construction and maintenance. Property owners would be compensated for allowing the pipeline to run through their property. Rover Pipeline would also pay the property taxes for the landowners. Farmers would be compensated as well for any damage during construction as well as the cost to replace or repair drainage tiles.

Rover Pipeline would pay approximately $100 million to the 3,000 property owners along the route to allow the pipeline to run through their land. The pipeline would pay an additional $134 million in property taxes in the 18 Ohio counties it would cross.

According to Energy Transfer, construction would generate about $73 million in sales taxes in Ohio and about 10,000 people would be employed for construction.

Property Taxes paid by Rover Pipeline for area counties:
Hancock County: $2.6 million (Washington Township)
Seneca: $11.2 million (Bloom, Eden, Hopewell, Loudon and Seneca Townships)
Wood County: $10.8 million (Bloom, Henry, Jackson, Milton and Perry Townships)
Henry County: $10 million (Flatrock, Monroe, Richfield and Ridgeville Townships)

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“Stranger Danger” Incident Reported In Findlay

12/4/14 – 10:36 A.M.

Residents of a neighborhood on Findlay’s east side want the rest of the city to be aware of a “stranger danger” incident that took place last month. A police report from November 12 says officers were called to the 1200 block of Heather Drive to investigate the issue.

A 9-year-old boy told investigators that when he got off the school bus at the intersection of Heather and Glen Meadow Drive he was approached by a man in a van. The man told the boy he had a puppy inside the vehicle and wanted the boy to see it. The boy ran home where he told his mother.

The man is described as being in his mid-to-late 30s. He was wearing a black jacket at the time. The van was described as either grey or silver. The boy said he had never seen the man or the vehicle before the incident.

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Plastics Company Will Begin Operations In Kenton

12/4/14 – 5:27 A.M.

A major economic development was announced in Kenton Wednesday. reports Sekisui Plastics USA has selected Hardin County for a new, $5.2 million facility. The company makes plastics for the automotive industry and parts for baby seats.

The 120,000 square foot facility is expected to open in July of next year. It will eventually employ 50 people.

MORE: Kenton Today

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Carey Christmas Celebration Set For Friday

12/4/14 – 5:16 A.M.

Final preparations are underway for Carey’s annual Christmas celebration. Christmas in Carey will be held Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the downtown area. The Kiwanis will be caroling a the John Carey Park Gazebo at starting at 4:45 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a fire truck around 5 p.m.

The tree lighting will take place around the same time. Mayor Steve Smalley will host that event at the gazebo.

The village’s annual outdoor lights competition kicks off on Friday as well. Residents can register at he H&R Block location on West Findlay Street.

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Putnam County Fire Departments Get Grants

12/4/14 – 4:53 A.M.

Putnam County fire departments will benefit from grants given by the state. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 10 departments in the county will split nearly $91,000 to offset the costs of communication upgrades. The money is helping pay for Multi-Agency Radio Communication System equipment.

Many of the departments needed to upgrade batteries in their existing radios. Some were looking to buy extra radios for use in the field.

Fire chiefs in Putnam County met last summer and decided to apply for the grant money as a region rather than as individual departments.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Hunters Harvest More Than 17,500 Deer Opening Day of Gun Season

12/03/14     5:26 p.m.

Deer-gun season opened Monday morning and Monday alone more than 17,500 whitetail deer were harvested in Ohio.

In Hancock County 127 deer were taken. Wyandot County had the most in our area with 207 and Putnam had the least at 85.

Allen County had 98 deer checked, Hardin had 141, Seneca had 205 and Wood had 95.

The county in the state with the highest number of deer harvested Monday was Coshocton at 793.

Altogether during last year’s 2013-14 hunting season there were 191,459 deer checked in by hunters.

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Common Sense Initiative a Focus for Kasich Administration This Term

12/03/14     4:45 p.m.

Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor said when she and Governor Taylor took office in 2011, one of their first priorities was to make Ohio more business friendly. To accomplish this, they formed the Common Sense Initiative, headed by Taylor.

Audio: Mary Taylor

CSI reviews in-place rules and regulations that may be impacting businesses. From there, CSI will work with the business and government agency to find a solution to the problem.

Taylor said over half of the rules they’ve reviewed since starting CSI have been amended in some way or removed completely.

Audio: Mary Taylor

Taylor said ultimately CSI wants to make Ohio as business friendly as possible and give government agencies the tools to do that.

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Rover Pipeline Propety Rights Meeting in Deshler Tonight

12/03/14     1:03 p.m.

The Rover Pipeline project is almost ready to begin and property owners in Seneca, Wood and Henry Counties may be seeing that pipeline come through their land. According to property rights attorney Bill Goldman, the most important thing for owners to focus is their property value.

Audio: Bill Goldman

In order to ensure property value, the terms of the agreement have to work in the homeowner’s favor.

Audio: Bill Goldman

Goldman will be holding a meeting in Deshler tonight to answer any questions and go over maps and details of the project. That meeting will be held at the American Legion in Deshler at 6 p.m.

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