Review Category : Local News

Income Tax Revenue Down In Findlay

3/22/17 – 5:28 A.M.

Income tax revenue in Findlay is down around 11 percent from last year. The Courier reports the city has collected roughly $600,000 less than through the same time in 2016. Income tax collections stood at $5.1 million last Friday.

City auditor Jim Staschiak tells the newspaper it’s still early in the year and officials will keep monitoring the situation. He added, “we really don’t have a solid handle on it until September-October.” Staschiak said it’s too early to consider big spending reductions.

Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says, “We’ll continue to track the revenue as it comes in, and as we get into the fourth quarter take a look at anything that we would have to do operationally going into next year.”

MORE: The Courier

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Maumee Watershed Conservancy Approves Part Of Blanchard River Plan

3/22/17 – 5:17 A.M.

Plans to improve the Blanchard River channel through Findlay are moving forward. The Courier reports the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District has agreed to move aheadwith preliminary engineering work. Representatives of Stantec Engineering say the improvements would lessen flooding in the city.

The first part of the project calls for soil borings along the river bank in Findlay. The largest part of the work includes cutting benches into the banks between the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge and Broad Avenue. Stantec also calls for widening the bridge’s supports. Stantec says that should lower the 100-year flood by around a foot.

Improving the river channel could cost $20 million. Project manager Steve Wilson says Hancock County has enough money set aside to pay for this part of the project. Stantec also recommends building two dry storage basins south of Findlay. The total cost for the project including building the storage facilities is around $160 million.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Bicycle Ordinance Discussed At Council Meeting

03/21/17 – 11:33 P.M.

The bicycle ordinance before Findlay city council was discussed last night. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer clarified that it isnt a ban. The current law isnt very clear and he wants to see it rewritten because safety is a priority. Bikes will still be allowed downtown, youre expected to walk it or pedal slowly.

The restriction will fix the current law which states you must ride your bike on the right side of the side-walk. It does not clarify which direction you must be heading so youre either close to businesses of the street. This provides a danger to automobiles and pedestrians. Schmelzer said that they encourage biking and pedestrian travel but want everyone to be safe.

Council was unable to vote on the ordinance since they did not havea three quarter majority. Councilman-At-Large Grant Russell said that it wouldn’t have gone to vote yet even if they did since it has received some criticism.

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Findlay City Council Lacking Attendance Due To Illness And absence

03/21/17 – 11:16 P.M.

City Council suffered low attendance due to illness and absence. Five officials were unable to attend Tuesdays meeting including President of Council Jim Slough and Mayor Lydia Mihalik. This forced Councilman Ron Monday into the mayoral position for the night. Councilman-At-Large Grant Russell served as the Council President.

When the mayor is absent the council president fills the role. Since Slough was unable to attend the president pro temps had to fill the role. This forced council to vote in a new temporary president amongst themselves.

With only 7 voting officials left, they could not suspend rules and send ordinances to their third reading. Russell said that they do this when an ordinance is safe and does good for the city.

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Council Approves Traffic Light Project

03/21/17 – 11:05 P.M.

City Council started the process to improve an intersection in Findlay. Service Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that the project will add in a traffic light.

Paul Schmelzer

The resolution started funding for the project at $25,000. The state will contribute $75,000 to the project.

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Tax Season Is Here And So Are Telephone Scams; Here’s What To watch For

03/21/17 – 2:44 P.M.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s office wants you to be aware of scams this tax season. In a release, the department says that telephone scams increase throughout the country during this time of year. They often leave an urgent callback request and say that they have notified the police department or sheriff’s office of a warrant for your arrest. This is not the case.

Here are the five tell-tale signs of a scam according to the Sheriff’s Office. The IRS will never:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call you about taxes owed without mailing you the bill first.
  2. Demand payment without giving you a time to questionor appeal what they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes such as prepaid debit cards or gift cards.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
  5. Threaten to bring in local law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

You can report suspicious phone calls to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-484 or on TIGTA.gov. You can call your local Police or Sheriff’s Department

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Update: Two Killed In Shooting West Of Findlay

3/21/17 – 11:10 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double shooting west of Findlay. Sheriff Mike Heldman says deputies responded to 605 Palm Drive around 7:20 p.m. Investigators found a 30-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman fatally shot in the home. Authorities haven’t released the names of the people killed, but say one of the people lived in the home.

Heldman said there is no immediate danger to anyone in the community as a result of the shooting. The home where the shooting happened is located in the Palms subdivision off of West Sandusky Street.

Oho BCI is helping with the investigation.

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Part Of County Road 86 Closed Starting Next Week

3/21/17 – 9:19 A.M.

The Hancock County Engineer’s Office is closing a county road for around two weeks starting next Monday. A release from the office says County Road 86 will close for repair work between State Route 12 and Township Road 128 starting March 27. The office expects the closure to last through April 7.

You’re advised to use caution in the area. The engineer’s office will post detours.

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Blanchard Valley Hospital Wins Named To Nation’s Top 100 List

3/21/17 – 6:41 A.M.

An analytics company has named Blanchard Valley Hospital one of the nations’ top 100 hospitals. It’s the fifth time Truven Health Analytics has put Blanchard Valley in its top 100. The company identified the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on the overall organizational performance by more than 3,000 hospitals.

The study found that the top-performing hospitals in the country could improve outcomes while reducing overall expense per patient.

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Putnam County Village Applying For Neighborhood Revitalization Grant

3/21/17 – 5:32 A.M.

A Putnam County Village is in the running for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Continental officials are using the results of a community survey to figure out what projects would get funding from the grant. Survey results showed residents want to see street and sidewalk improvements, a recycling program, and new park and recreation facilities among other items.

Poggemeyer Design Group will take the results and come up with three or four projects. The village will include the projects in their application for NRG funding.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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