Review Category : Local News

Engineering Firm’s Proposed Blanchard River Flood Plan Doubles Potential Cost

2/22/17 – 5:12 A.M.

It doesn’t look like a consulting company’s plan for Blanchard River flood mitigation will cost any less than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s plan. The Courier reports estimates from Stantec Engineering will double the $80 million estimate from the Corps. Findlay officials learned Stantec’s plan calls for a bigger diversion channel during last night’s council meeting. The plan also includes large water detention areas upstream of Findlay in the area of Mount Blanchard and along Eagle Creek.

Mayor Lydia Mihalik told council removing dams from the river and cutting retention “benches” into the river bank to widen it as it flows through Findlay could be enough to drop flood levels in the city by a foot during a 100-year-flood. Stantec’s report says the price tag on that option is around $20 million.

he Corps estimated its plan would drop flood levels by two feet during a 100-year-flood.

A public meeting about Stantec’s findings takes place at 6 p.m. tonight at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

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North Baltimore And Henry Township Agree To EMS Contract

2/22/17 – 9:29 A.M.

Wood County’s Henry Township and North Baltimore have come to an agreement on an EMS contract. The Courier reports the township will pay the village $42,500 per year for emergency services. North Baltimore’s council signed the agreement Tuesday.

10 percent of North Baltimore’s EMS runs went into the township in 2016.

Under the agreement a five-member board will handle EMS issues. Village and township representatives will sit on the board.

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Fostoria Superintendent Not A Fan Of Education Proposals In Possible State Budget

2/22/17 – 9:20 A.M.

The superintendent of the Fostoria City School District is taking issue with education proposals in Governor John Kasich’s budget proposal. The Review-Times reports Andrew Sprang talked about the subject at Tuesday’s board meeting. Sprang says a requirement for teachers to serve an internship at a local business to renew their license is “completely unprofessional.” He added, “we should be tasked with doing our job and not with having to go out and know how to do everything.”

Sprang is also not a fan of a proposed requirement to appoint three non-elected members of the business community to the school board. He said the school district already has a good relationship with the chamber of commerce, city officials, and other organizations.

Sprang was a little more welcoming of a proposal dealing with opioid addiction. Teachers would learn more about signs of substance abuse and ways to prevent it as part of the plan. Sprang says, “it is a very prevalent issue in society and we want to work and do our best to help out.”

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Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court Project Goes Back To Drawing Board

02/21/17 – 10 :39 A.M.

There will be another round of bidding on the Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court upgrades. The Hancock County Commissioners voted to take another look at the project. Commissioner Tim Bechtol said that they will try to scale it back.

Tim Bechtol

The project only had one bidder the last time it was offered to the public. That bid was more than 10% over the estimated cost of the project, which means the commissioners must put it out to bid again.

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Arlington Council Gives Money To Fix Up Ball Fields

02/21/17 – 8:38 A.M.

Arlington Village Council appropriated money to repair neglected ball fields at the village park. The Courier reports that the council set a limit of almost $50,000 for Dura Edge of Michigan to make some repairs. Dura Edge will repair and add top dressing to the fields. A lip of soil surrounding grass diamonds of some fields will be removed to help with water drainage.

Village workers might work on one of the fields to avoid going over the funding limit. The newspaper says that council has not kept up with field maintenance. Games and tournaments have been canceled because of the state of the fields.

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Findlay Courier Up For 8 Associated Press Awards

02/21/17 – 7:32 A.M.

Employees of Findlay’s own newspaper are finalists for 8 awards in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2016 newspaper contest. The Courier reports that they are competing in Division IV. This is among newspapers with a daily circulation of 19,000 to just under 60,000. The winners will be announced on May 21 at the annual Ohio APME awards banquet in Columbus.

Business reporter Lou Wilin is a finalist for Best Business writer and Best News Writer

Courier family section editor Brenna Griteman is a finalist in the Best Feature Writer category.

Videographer Kevin bean is in the Best Video Category.

Courier PhotographerRandy Roberts is in the category for Best Feature Photo

There are three finalists in the sports department. Dave Hanneman is a sports writer for the paper. He is a finalist in the Sports Enterprise Category. Sports editor Jamie Baker is a finalist for Best Sports Writer. The Courier’s sports section is among the top three for Best Sports Section.

 

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Stantec To Hold Public Meeting For Flood Mitigation Findings

02/21/17 – 5:19 A.M.
Stantec will hold a public meeting to go over its findings and recommendations for a flood mitigation plan. The Courier reports the meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary at the University of Findlay.
 
Stantec will go over a list of options for reducing flooding on the upper Blanchard River. They will also give recommendations on what projects should be pursued. Results of the gap analysis of the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan will be released as well. Stantec says that there is a need for more hydraulic and rainfall models.
 
Representatives from the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District are expected to be in attendance.
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Fostoria Kiwanis Club To Offer Pancake Day March 2

02/21/17 – 5:06 A.M.
Pancake lovers rejoice, the Fostoria Kiwanis Club Pancake Day is less than two weeks away. The Review Times reports the event will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 2 at the St. Wendelin Parish Life Center. It includes all-you-can-eat pancakes as well as sausage and refreshments.
 
The club is offering, curbside, carry-out, and delivery options as well. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for Golden Buckeye members, $3 for children 5-11 and free for kids under 4. For more information call President Amie Hathaway at 419-619-5002
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The Review Times Is A Finalist For Associated Press Awards

02/21/17 – 4:55 A.M.

The Review Times is a finalist in Division I awards in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2016 newspaper contest. They report that staff writer Morgan Manns is among the top three finalists for best photographer. The paper is the is among the top three finalists for Best Digital Presence in Division I.

The awards will be announced at the APME annual awards banquet on May 21 in Columbus. A total of 67 daily newspapers submitted over 2,000 entries for the contest.

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