Review Category : Local News

Welcoming Community to Analyze Findlay’s Overall Atmosphere

04/15/15     3:25 p.m.

How welcoming is Findlay as a community? The Hancock Leadership Alumni Association and the Hancock County Workforce Coalition will explore that question at a symposium called Welcoming Community next week.

Audio: Jack Hess

Jack Hess, executive director of the Institute for Coalition Building, will present the data gathered so far and will host a conversation on things Findlay is doing well and what can be improved upon.

Audio: Jack Hess

Welcoming Community will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. April 22 at Glenwood Middle School. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance by calling 419-422-3313 or email rsvp@findlayhancockchamber.com by April 20th.

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Allen County Man Killed In Shootout With Deputies

4/15/15 – 7:26 A.M.

An Allen County man is dead following a shootout with sheriff’s deputies Tuesday. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened north of Lima just after noon.

Deputies arrived at 3371 Early Avenue to arrest Erik Wilt on felonious assault charges. Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish tells the Lima News when deputies arrived, Wilt went inside his home, got a gun, and started firing. Deputies then returned fire. It’s not clear yet if Wilt killed himself or was shot by a deputy.

The case remains under investigation.

MORE: Lima News

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BGSU Football Player Accused Of Assault

4/15/15 – 7:16 A.M.

A freshman member of the Bowling Green State University football team is facing an assault charge following an alleged domestic incident on campus. Media partner WTOL-11 reports Nick Johnson is accused of punching a woman and trying to choke her. The incident is said to have happened in a campus parking lot on the night of April 6.

Johnson plays cornerback for the Falcons and earned second team honors in the MAC last season.

MORE: WTOL-11

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Seneca County Officials Review GIS Mapping Possibilities

4/15/15 – 6:51 A.M.

Seneca County officials are reviewing potential upgrades to the county’s geographic information system computerized mapping, or GIS. The Review-Times reports the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center Council of Governments recently received a grant to study the implementation of GIS. At the same time, Commissioner Holly Stacy has been meeting with Auditor Julie Adkins and Engineer Mark Zimmerman to discuss the issue.

GIS mapping can be used to benefit emergency personnel, economic development efforts, county departments and the public.

Department heads in the county will be asked about their GIS needs going forward.

MORE: Review-Times

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New Carey School Might Include Additional Classrooms

4/15/15 – 5:29 A.M.

The new Carey school building might be a little bigger than current plans call for when it’s all said and done. The school board is considering adding four more classrooms to the building that’s under construction. Board members approved a measure at their Tuesday meeting that allows an architectural firm to design the additional rooms. The general contractor will then estimate the cost.

Extra classrooms were considered at the beginning of the project but were put on hold at the time.

The new school is expected to be completed by mid-2016.

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Findlay Teen Injured In Tuesday Crash

4/15/15 – 5:24 A.M.

A Findlay teenager was injured in a two-car crash in Vanlue Tuesday. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just before 3 p.m. in the afternoon on North East Street.

18-year-old Rebekah Feasel was driving north when she hit the back of a car driven by 17-year-old Samantha Creager of Alvada. Creager was stopped to make a left turn and was not hurt. Feasel was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Feasel was also cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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Council-At-Large Forum To Be Held Tonight

4/15/15 – 5:17 P.M.

You’ll have a chance to hear from the five candidates running for three Findlay city council at-large seats tonight. A forum will be held at the University of Findlay just after 6 p.m. this evening.

On the Republican side, Grant Russel and Tom Shindledecker are seeking reelection. They’re being challenged by Jeff Wobser and John Kovach. The top three vote-getters move on to the general election where they will be joined by Democrat Mary Harshfield, who will also participate in tonight’s event.

You can listen to the forum on 1330 WFIN and 88.3 WLFC, as well as watch on UFTV channel 20 on Time Warner Cable.

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Some Blanchard River Flood Control Ideas Didn’t Make The Cut

4/15/15 – 4:59 A.M.

We now know how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to fight flooding along the Blanchard River. A levee and a diversion channel have been proposed to handle the issue. But many of the ideas we’ve heard about since 2007 didn’t make the cut. The Courier reports cost and engineering issues led to some proposals getting scrapped.

For instance, 24 miles of floodwalls and levees, much like what was seen in the 1962 flood study, would have cost $250 million to build. The Corps report also says the floodwalls would have caused induced flooding of 3-to-4 feet upstream and downstream of Findlay.

Many in the agriculture community have suggested clearing the river would help reduce flooding. However the Corps’ report says that would only solve minor flooding issues.

Detention basins were also considered. Corps engineers say the flat terrain of the area wouldn’t be deep enough to impact flood levels significantly.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Sitting in a Strong, Aggressive Position in Regard to Debt

04/14/15     6:50 p.m.

Findlay is in a good position financially in regard to savings and its budget. But what about city debt? At a presentation to council members Tuesday, City Auditor Jim Staschiak said the debt totals about $36 million.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

While it seems like a large sum, the annual payments total about 25 percent of the city’s income tax revenue. City Council has a policy that their total payments should not exceed 33 percent of that revenue.

The majority of the debt can be attributed to the sewer system with $19.8 million, followed by capital improvements at $8.3 million and water system at $7.8 million.

Audio: Jim Staschiak

Outstanding debt for the water system is the closest to being paid off. Right now the city pays $1.4 million per year annually. That will drop down to about $300,000 per year in the next five years with loans being paid off.

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Riegle: Flood Mitigation Draft Report a Step in the Right Direction

04/14/15     1:23 p.m.

A draft report for Blanchard River flood mitigation was released by the Army Corps of Engineers last week. The plan includes a levee east of Findlay and a diversion channel on the west side of the county. Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle said this is at least a step in the right direction.

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle said compared to previous attempts at flood mitigation this time things are being done more thoroughly and with more community involvement which is a positive. It should also be noted that the draft is not the be all, end all and should be seen as a jumping off point.

Audio: Phil Riegle

As far as cost, Riegle said he was surprised the estimate dropped so significantly from the original $150 million to $66 million. While it’s still a large sum Riegle said it’s much more manageable.

Another major sticking point of the draft was the timetable, which cites 2027 as the year the project should be finished. Riegle said he sees that as an absolute latest point and he expects it will be done sooner.

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