Review Category : Local News

Carey Approves 2016 Spending Plan

3/31/16 – 7:33 A.M.

Carey’s spending plans for 2016 were approved Wednesday night. The Courier reports village council approved the plan that included changes recommended by council members. The $16 million appropriations budget had to be finalized and submitted to the Wyandot County Auditor’s Office by Friday.

One of the major changes was increasing the sidewalk fund by $20,000 to a total of $50,000. The money will be used to install new sidewalks near the new school building. It will also establish a sidewalk installation/replacement program for the village. Under the plan the village would install sidewalks for property owners and if needed, assess the owner for the work on their property taxes.

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Wednesday Morning Fire Destroys Fostoria Mobile Home

3/31/16 – 7:23 A.M.

A mobile home in Fostoria was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to the Westgate Village mobile home park on West Lytle Street around 1:15 a.m. Two people who were living in the home were able to escape safely.

The fire started in a garbage can near the home. The flames then spread to the trailer’s awning.

The American Red Cross provided the victims with food, clothing and personal hygiene items.

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Fostoria Passes Much Debated Budget

3/31/16 – 7:14 A.M.

The much-debated Fostoria budget for 2016 appropriations was finally passed Wednesday. The Courier reports the measure was finalized just before the Friday deadline to turn it into the Seneca County Auditor’s office. The budget has been a big topic of conversation because a grant to pay for some EMS personnel expires this year, likely leaving the budget in the red.

Auditor Steve Garner says general fund spending for the year is budgeted at just over $6.4 million. That’s roughly $500,000 more than last year.

On Wednesday Garner told council members that numbers can be adjusted as many times as needed through the year.

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Three Injured In Findlay Crash Wednesday Night

3/31/16 – 6:48 A.M.

Three Findlay residents were hurt in a two-car crash on Broad Avenue Wednesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports 37-year-old Shannon Russler was driving south on Broad Avenue around 9 p.m. when he stopped to turn left into the Great Scot parking lot. He was rear-ended by a car driven by 21-year-old Anna Laube.

Both drivers and a passenger in Russler’s car were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Laube was cited for an assured clear distance violation.

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Downtown Findlay Cleanup To Be Held This Weekend

3/31/16 – 5:24 A.M.

A downtown cleanup effort will be held in Findlay this weekend. The Kiwanis Club of Findlay is asking for volunteers to help pick up litter and sweep away the grime of winter this Saturday. The project will focus on the downtown area between the Blanchard River and Lima Avenue.

If you’re interested in helping out, all you need to do is show up at Dorney Plaza at 9 a.m. You’re asked to bring a broom, dust pan and work gloves.

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Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Funds For K-9 Officer

3/31/16 – 5:17 A.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office wants to get a K-9 officer to help fight an increase in drug use in the county. The problem is that getting a K-9 officer isn’t cheap. The Lima News reports the sheriff’s office is asking for donations from the public to help offset the cost. Sheriff Tim Meyer tells the newspaper it costs around $15,000 to buy a police dog.

Meyer also talked about how the dog would be used. He said simply having a K-9 officer can act as a drug deterrent because most suspects are afraid of being chased by the dog. The dog would also be taken to local schools to meet children to try and help strengthen relationships in the community.

Meyer says the office has applied for a grant to buy a K-9, but there’s no guarantee they’ll get the money. If you would like to donate you can call (419)523-3162.

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Hancock County Farm Bureau Remains Firm On Diversion Channel Stance

3/31/16 – 5:06 A.M.

A local organization opposed to a diversion channel for the Blanchard River isn’t changing its stance. The Courier reports the president of the Hancock County Farm Bureau, Gary Wilson, says it doesn’t matter who is leading the effort for the channel. His statements come after Findlay and Hancock County officials proposed marrying the construction of the channel with the widening of I-75 last week. The plan would eliminate the need to wait on a plan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Wilson says the farm bureau is preparing plans to help landowners if Hancock County starts the process of buying land for the channel. The topic will likely be discussed at the bureau’s next meeting in April. The meeting is closed to the public, but Wilson says they may offer a statement afterwards.

Wilson says there are too many obstacles in the path of the diversion channel, which will drive up the price. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has revised their estimate to $80 million, which would make the plan no longer feasible under there cost-benefit ratio. However, local officials believe by using fill material created by digging the channel for the I-75 widening effort there will be savings of $7 million to $14 million.

The Corps’ final report on the project was expected this spring, but has been delayed again.

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Latta Meets With Putnam County Leaders

3/30/2016 – 12:28 pm

U.S. Congressman Bob Latta paid a visit to Putnam County on Monday. Latta toured the county visiting with the mayors and village council members in Pandora, Fort Jennings, Columbus Grove, Kalida and Ottoville. According to a release, local residents told Latta about the impact of federal regulations, unfunded mandates of water sewer systems, rising healthcare, economic development and first responder communications.

Latta noted that communities rely on limited resources to provide their residents basic services which could be impacted by regulations created in Washington DC.

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Two Injured In Car/Train Crash Near Ada

3/30/2016 – 12:23 pm

Two people were injured when their vehicle was struck by a train east of Ada this morning. WKTN Radio reports that a vehicle, operated by Mikala Rostofer was traveling northbound on Township Road 55 when it was struck by a westbound train at a crossing. Rostofer was taken by helicopter to an undisclosed hospital and a passenger, identified as Katrina-Davis Rostofer was transported as well. Both received non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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