Review Category : Local News

Investigations To Be Done On Properties Affected By The Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Project

10/04/16 – 5:49 P.M.

Property owners will be notified to open their parcels this week to conduct investigations. The investigations are required by the permitting process for the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation study. Stantec and their subcontractor, Mannik and Smith, will start conducting the investigations on October 17th.

During the investigations, they will be looking for endangered species such as mussels. They will also look for wetland delineation and cultural resources. Property owners will receive a follow notice a week before the contractors intend to be on their property.

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VIDEO: Eight-Grade Students Learn About Modern Manufacturing

10/4/16 – 1:10 P.M.

Over the next several days nearly 1,000 area junior high school students will get a look at modern manufacturing careers. Cooper Tire & Rubber is hosting “Manufacturing Days” this week at its Findlay plant. Cooper Mechanical Engineer Luke Schroeder says the event gives kids a look at what a manufacturing job looks like in 2016…

Audio: Luke Schroeder

Schroeder says the event is a good opportunity for students from all over the county to learn more about modern manufacturing…

Audio: Luke Schroeder

Schroeder adds the goal is to change what young people think about manufacturing careers as a possibility for their future…

Audio: Luke Schroeder

The students are able to take part in eight interactive stations at the event. The stations range from demonstrations of handling raw materials to tire design and robotics.

Glenwood Middle School teacher Marcus Tuttle says the event also shows real-world applications for what students learn in school…

Audio: Marcus Tuttle

“Manufacturing Day” is part of the national “Dream It. Do It.” program. The goal of the initiative is to change the impression many people have about manufacturing jobs.

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Carey Village Council To Apply For Grant For New Fire Truck

10/4/16 – 7:20 A.M.

Carey village council is looking for more funding sources to buy a new fire truck. The Courier reports the village will apply for an Assistance for Firefighters grant. The grant can provide between $100,000 and $500,000 for fire departments.

Carey has already received a grant for more than $104,000 to buy an aerial pumper truck. The village plans to borrow around $858,000 to pay for the truck, which council ordered in August. Officials expect to get the truck in around 14 months.

JustWrite Solutions will help the village apply for the grant. Council approved a $3,500 contract with the company during their Monday meeting.

MORE: The Courier

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Repaving Work Begins In Two Liberty Township Subdivisions

10/4/16 – 6:54 A.M.

Crews will be repaving roads in two Liberty Township subdivisions starting today. The township trustees say work will take place in the Western Meadows and Palm areas. Milling work starts today, with repaving to follow.

To make way for the project, parking isn’t allowed on streets in those areas between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. You might not have access to the street in front of your home at times during the project.

For more information, you can call the township building at (419)422-1330.

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Debate Heats Up Over Sewer Line Connections In Columbus Grove

10/4/16 – 5:33 A.M.

Connections to sewer lines led to some heated discussion at Monday’s Columbus Grove village council meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Albert Morales Jr. had issues with how the village handled inspecting connections he made for himself and other family members.

Morales said a village employee inspected the hook-ups while Village Administrator Jeff Vance was on vacation. The employee approved the connections, but Vance did not pass one of them when he returned.

Council voted to test the line in question. If it passes the test Vance will approve the connection.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Sewer Lining Work To Take Place In Findlay This Week

10/4/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Sewer lining work will take on several Findlay streets this week. The city’s engineering department reports you may notice white steam coming from the areas where work is taking place. A release from the department says the steam could be mistaken for smoke.

Crews will work on the lining project today on Edinborough, Ferndale, and Hollybrook. Work will take place on Edith, Delmonte, and Cottonwood Wednesday. Thursday will see lining taking place on South Blanchard, Churchill and Hollybrook. Crews plan to wrap up on Friday on West Melrose, South Blanchard, and Greendale.

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Road 5 Meeting In Putnam County Cancelled At The Last Moment

10/4/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners cancelled a meeting about the future widening of Road 5 at the last moment last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 20 residents between Gilboa and Leispic have petitioned to widen Road 5 between State Route 224 and Road E.

According to the newspaper, Commissioner Vince Schroeder and County Administrator Jack Betscher left just before the meeting stated. Schroeder said they were cancelling the meeting because of a “mistake in the language of the petition.”

Ottawa attorney Matt Cunningham asked for the commissioners to hold the meeting as planned. Commissioner John Love said the commissioners wanted to meet with their lawyer before moving forward.

Cunningham represented landowners in their suit against the commissioners for the widening of Road 5 north of U.S. 224.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Arlington Officials Bring Up Concerns About Sheriff Contract

10/4/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Arlington officials talked about the village’s contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Monday. The Courier reports there was some discussion about if the sheriff’s office had overcharged Arlington for extra patrols. Councilman Terry Lynn Huffman said he was worried the allegations from community members might keep them from supporting a levy for park and swimming pool upgrades.

A contract to pay for extra patrols in the village is expiring in November. Last month council voted not to renew the $34,000-per-year deal. Village Fiscal Officer Greg Glick said he did not believe the sheriff’s office overcharged the town.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay-Hancock Chamber Of Commerce Reveals New Website

10/04/16 – 5:00 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock Chamber of Commerce has released its newly designed website. Director Dionne Neubauer said ,” We’re excited to provide our current and future members with a more intuitive website. FindlayHancockChamber.com sports a new look as well as easier navigation. The site also provides easy access to a list of Chamber programs and an online join form. Neubauer said that they have made the site more user-friendly for visitors to access resources and services.

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Findlay City Schools Supports Fundraising Project For The Boot Security Measure

10/03/16 – 9:36 P.M.

Findlay City School Board received a demonstration from the Lockdown Company at their Monday meeting. Superintendent Ed Kurt says that paying for the boots won’t be an issue.

Ed Kurt

The goal of the initiative is to get the steel boot in every school in the county that needs it.

Kurt says it will help with security.

Ed Kurt

The project will be paid for by fundraising through PTO’s and by accepting donations. The company said it does not need to be paid up front and can be paid over time. All that matters is that the children are safe.

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