Review Category : Local News

Findlay City Workers Get First Raise in Three Years

01/20/15     9:45 p.m.

For the first time in three years Findlay city employees will be getting a raise. At Tuesday night’s meeting, city council approved an ordinance for the three percent increase effective this pay period.

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said the increase will be applied to both union and non-union workers.

The same ordinance also clarified pay classifications. The change ensures employees are placed in job classifications and descriptions that match the work they are doing. Pay rates were also adjusted to the increased state minimum wage requirement of $8.10 per hour.

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Waterline Work on East Melrose Ave. May Cause Delays this Week

01/21/15     6:18 p.m.

There may be minor delays on East Melrose Avenue in Findlay over the next few days as crews install a new waterline in the area.

A release from the City of Findlay says the work will take place on East Melrose Ave. between Deer Ridge Drive and West Romick Parkway. East Melrose will remain open, but minor delays should be expected during construction times.

The construction began today and the majority of the work should be completed by the end of this week.

For more information about the project, call 419-424-7121.

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University of Findlay Sees Enrollment Increase for Spring Semester

01/20/15     5:20 p.m.

Enrollment at the University of Findlay jumped significantly for the Spring 2015 semester according to a press release from the university.

Compared to last year’s spring, this year’s numbers are up 8.3 percent, a 3.1 percent increase in undergraduate students and a 21.2 percent increase in graduate students. The international student community also saw enrollment rise from 423 a year ago to 574 his year.

Currently there are 3,876 enrolled for the spring. President Katherine Fell said she attributes the growth to faculty and staff as well as the school’s strategic goals.

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Petitions Taken Out by At Least One Person for All Findlay Council Seats

01/20/15     4:40 p.m.

The picture of what the May primary elections will look like is getting a little clearer. As of Tuesday, there are petitions taken out for all of the city council positions.

At this point, only two races are contested. Incumbent Jim Niemeyer will be running against Christina Muryn for the sixth ward city council seat. And for the three at-large council seats there are six candidates: incumbents Grant Russel, Tom Shindledecker and Anne Spence. Also running for at-large seats are Jeff Wobser, Mary Harshfield and Tim Murphy.

There is also a petition taken out for Findlay mayor by Jeffery Simon. Current Mayor Lydia Mihalik will also be running for re-election.

City Auditor Jim Staschiak and municipal court Judge Jonathan Starn are also circulating petitions to run for re-election.

The deadline to file to run in the May primary is February 4.

Petitions taken out by (incumbents in bold):

Council President: Jim Slough (R)
First Ward: Melissa Kritzell (D)
Second: Randy Van Dyne (R)
Third: Ron Monday (R)
Fourth: Thomas Klein (R)
Fifth: John Harrington (R)
Sixth: Jim Niemeyer (R), Christina Muryn (R),
Seventh: Tim Watson (R)
At-Large (three available): Grant Russel (R), Tom Shindledecker (R), Anne Spence (R), Jeff Wobser (R), Mary Harshfield (D), Tim Murphy (Ind.)

Mayor: Lydia Mihalik (R), Jeffery Simon (Ind.)

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One Person Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident on South Main St. in Findlay

01/20/15     4:19 p.m.

A Findlay man was injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday morning.

According to Findlay Police 50-year-old Jeffery Wittenmyer was driving in the 700 block of South Main St. when he lost control of his van and it began to spin in circles before hitting another vehicle.

Wittenmyer was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a head injury. No one else was injured. Wittenmyer was cited for operating a vehicle without responsible control.

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Exhumation of Infant for Murder Investigation Still Pending

01/20/15     2:454p.m.

Jerrod Hartman’s request to exhume the body of his 44-day-old son is still pending.

25-year-old Hartman is charged with the murder of his son James and is requesting a closer look at the infant’s injuries. James died Oct. 28, 2013.

Courier reporter Allison Reamer was in court for the hearing this morning. Reamer said the Lucas County Deputy Coroner Dr. Cynthia Beisser performed the autopsy on 44-day-old James Hartman and testified about the injuries during the hearing.

Audio: Allison Reamer

Judge Joseph Niemeyer will decide whether or not the body will be exhumed at a later date.

Hartman’s trial is scheduled to begin April 13. Hartman pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, citing a sleep disorder. He is currently free on $250,000 bond.

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Boil Advisory Issued for Residences on Blue Bonnet Drive in Findlay

01/20/15     2:28 p.m.

The City of Findlay has issued a boil water advisory for a number of residences on Blue Bonnet Drive.

The affected addresses: 200, 201, 210, 211, 300, 301, 310, 311, 400, 401, 410, 411, 500, 501, 510, 511, 600, 601, 611, 620 and 621.

Residents are advised to boil water for at least one minute or use bottled water. The Water Distribution Department is collecting samples for testing and notice will be given when the advisory is lifted.

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Update: Morning Snow Showers Cause Hazardous Driving Conditions

1/20/15 – 10:25 A.M.
Update – 12:04 P.M.

This morning’s snow showers have made for some hazardous driving conditions.  Two crashes on U.S. 68 near Hancock County Road 45 have traffic backed up in that area.  One lane of the highway is open and the State Highway Patrol is directing traffic in the area.  A car and semi collided near the intersection.  The ensuing traffic jam caused another accident between a semi and a pickup truck.

An injury accident was also reported at the intersection of South Main Street and Lima Avenue in Findlay.  One person was taken to the hospital as a result of the crash.  Another injury accident was reported on Hancock County Road 236 at Cass Township Road 215

Slow speeds are reported on many area roadways, you’re urged to drive with caution.

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Carey Officials To Examine Sidewalk Ordinance

1/20/15 – 6:53 A.M.

Carey officials will be looking over the village’s sidewalk ordinance over the next few weeks. The Courier reports a resident raised a question about where sidewalks are located during Monday’s council meeting. The village is planning on installing sidewalks on Glenn Avenue before the new school opens in 2016.

The question stems from a subdivision platted in 1958. Snyder Park doesn’t require sidewalks because it was built before the village’s sidewalk ordinance was passed in 1965.

Council is also looking at reviving a sidewalk installation and repair program.

MORE: The Courier

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