Review Category : Local News

Blanchard River Tree Removal Effort Continues

5/3/16 – 10:40 A.M.

The effort to remove trees from the Blanchard River continues. Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek gave an update on the project Tuesday…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek says tree removal from the river should be finished by the end of the summer. Crews will come back to remove trees from the river within the city limits in the fall. Gazarek says tree removal in Findlay is a little more difficult…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek adds that nearly 50 percent of the nearly 10,000 trees marked for removal this year have been taken out of the waterway.

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Debate About Policy Manual Boils Over At Arlington Council Meeting

5/3/16 – 6:53 A.M.

Tempers flared at Monday’s Arlington Village Council meeting. The Courier reports the issue stemmed from debate over who is in charge of updating a policy manuals for future councils. Councilman Brian Essinger said the Finance Committee of council is responsible for making compensation and employee policy recommendations. That led to a heated debate between he and Mayor Ed Solt. Solt said he wondered who “owns” the employee manual, and how it would be changed or reviewed in the future.

Solt threatened to gavel the meeting to a close if Essinger continued to be “disruptive,” and the two interrupted each other. Village Soliciter Don Rasmussen asked the two to calm down, saying the conversations were getting ridiculous.

Essinger submitted his resignation earlier this year after a dispute about employee issues. The resignation is effective at the end of June.

MORE: The Courier

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Carey Council Members Won’t Get Raises

5/3/16 – 5:21 A.M.

Carey village council members will not be getting pay raises. The Courier reports council members split on their vote, with Mayor Steve Smalley breaking the tie by voting against the proposal. If the issue had passed, it wouldn’t have gone into effect until the beginning of the next term for council members.

Chad Kin, Armand Getz and Mellisa Cole voted for the increase, while council members Lois Kurtz, Bob Styer and Jennifer Rathburn voted against it. Kin and Getz said they supported the increase because a survey showed Carey council members were near the bottom of a survey of what council members in similar villages are paid.

The proposal also would have eliminated the mayor’s health insurance. Smalley’s $12,000 a year salary and benefits put him at the top of a list of mayor’s salaries.

MORE: The Courier

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Officers Conduct Drug Investigation In Ottawa

5/3/16 – 5:09 A.M.

Law enforcement responded to a tip that a meth lab was operating in an Ottawa apartment building Monday night. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a search warrant was served at the Blanchard Park Apartments at 1265 North Defiance Street around 7 p.m.

Officers say they found heroin paraphernalia and “precursors for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.”

No arrests were made and the case remains under investigation.

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Survey Finds Residents Want Local Control Of Schools

5/3/16 – 5:00 A.M.

Most parents in our region would prefer local control of school curriculum. Those are the findings of a survey conducted by a group of regional school leaders. The Courier reports the Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network surveyed people in March to get their input on the issue. Around 4,600 people took the 17 question survey.

Roughly 78 percent of the people who responded said the local school board should control the district. The other choices on that question included the federal government, state government, or unsure. 58 percent of the respondents said, “regulation from the state and federal government” is the biggest issues schools face.

40 percent of those surveyed said public education has gotten worse over the last five years.

The group, which includes Cory-Rawson, Liberty-Benton, McComb and Riverdale, opposes government-mandated education standards. Part of the goal of the network is to regain local control over curriculum, testing, and how money is spent. They plan to show their findings to legislators.

MORE: The Courier

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Faclons Hatch On Cam In BG

5/3/16 – 4:24 A.M.

People from all over the world are watching a live stream of an Ohio Peregrine Falcon family. On Sunday anyone with an Internet connection could have watched the Bowling Green State University falcon cam, where three baby falcons hatched in the clock tower of the Wood County Courthouse. For years there has been a webcam up there, but last year the university installed a 25-hundred-dollar webcam for optimal 24-hour-video. The Peregrine Falcon is the school’s mascot.

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Flood Control Study Is An Involved Process But Is Continuing Forward

5/2/2016 – 5:38 pm

The process of developing a flood mitigation plan for Hancock County continues. Project Manager Steve Wilson spoke at the Findlay Rotary Club Monday about the decision to move on from the US Army Corps study of the flooding issues on to the Maumee Conservancy District. Wilson said that a new project engineer will be able to expedite the process for developing the study.

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson noted that eight engineer firms submitted proposals for a flood study report and three of those firms were selected to be interviewed. A project engineer would be hired later this month.

It’s been noted that one of the benefits of moving ahead with a flood study and diversion channel project is that the timing for the project could line up with a proposed project with the Ohio Department of Transportation on I-75. Wilson said that it could potentially benefit both projects and save taxpayers money, but neither project is contingent upon the other.

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson said that ODOT, being an independent state-owned operation would need to submit bids on the contracting for its highway project as they would any other project. The bigger issue at the moment though is completing a study of a proposed diversion channel to determine the feasibility of the flood plan. Last week township trustees spoke to the county commissioners about concerns with a diversion channel plan. Among their concerns was making sure roadways which cross the channel would have bridges. Wilson said that any plan would account for local roadways that allow emergency crews access across the channel.

Audio: Steve Wilson

As far as who gets to decide to proceed with the plan once it is finalized, Wilson noted that if the Maumee Conservancy District is still overseeing it at that time, they will be empowered with that decision.

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Upper Sandusky Police Look To Identify Theft Suspects

5/2/2016 – 4:31 pm

The Upper Sandusky Police Department is on the lookout for two men who they say were involved in electronic thefts. On their Facebook page, the department has shared pictures of the pair and said that they were involved in electronic thefts at the Upper Sandusky Walmart and Marion area businesses.

Pictures of the two are above. If you know anything about the thefts or these two men, contact the Upper Sandusky Police at 419-294-2324.

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Bowling Green Police Investigate Theft Of iPhone At Gunpoint

5/2/2016 – 3:37 pm

The Bowling Green Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find an armed robber who stole a cell phone early Sunday. According to the police, they responded to a report of aggravated robbery in the 400 block of N. Main around 3:45am. A female victim reported that a short black male, around 5′-5’2″ approached her as she was walking and began a conversation with her. Then the male pulled out a silver handgun and pointed it at her. He demanded the victim’s iPhone. She gave him the phone and then she ran away. She noted he did not pursue her.

If you have any information related to this crime, you are asked to contact BGPD at 419-352-1131 or the Wood County Crime Stoppers at 419-352-0077.

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Boil Water Alert Issued For Several Homes On Findlay’s H Street

5/2/16 – 11:35 A.M.

Several homes on H Street in Findlay are under a boil water advisory until further notice.  The city’s engineering department says 38 homes in the 400, 500, 600, and 700 blocks are affected.  601 McConnell is also under the advisory.  Representatives from the water distribution plant say work on a water line in the area caused the advisory to be issued.

Affected H Street Homes:

416, 420, 424, 430, 428, 432, 433, 500, 501, 503, 505, 512, 513, 514, 516, 517, 518, 520, 521, 600, 601, 605, 606, 608, 612, 616, 621, 624, 625, 627, 628, 634, 700, 701, 703, 704, 715, 717

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