Review Category : Local News

Board Asking Findlay City Council to Reconsider Water Shut Off Policy

04/21/15     10:15 p.m.

The Heartland Board of Realtors is asking the City of Findlay to reconsider its water shut off policy.

The city’s policy allows it to turn off the utility for residents who do not comply with the Neighborhood Enhancement and Abatement Team department standards. In a letter to council the board says though they support the efforts to keep a clean and safe community, they have concerns regarding property owners’ rights and the authority given to the city by the Ohio Revised Code.

The board asked the city to remove the rule, hold community meetings on the issue and clarify the logistics of the policy.

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Ohio Farmers Dedicated to Doing Their Part to Improve Water Quality

04/21/15     6:15 p.m.

Less than a year after the Toledo water crisis, two laws have been put into action to help the agriculture industry decrease any negative effects they may be having on water quality. Hancock County Farm Bureau President Gary Wilson said while they did come after the water crisis, this legislation has been in the works for some time.

Audio: Gary Wilson

Wilson said it may seem like farmers are the villains, but they are trying to be the best stewards of the land possible. He added that losing nutrients in runoff that causes the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie is wasted money for farmers who are trying to retain those in their soil. Wilson said the growing disconnect between farmers and the general public is driving those misconceptions.

Audio: Gary Wilson

The bills require licensure for fertilizer application as well as limit when certain fertilizer can and cannot be applied to fields. Wilson said this demonstrates the farm community’s willingness to adapt and continue their education on the issue.

So far, the Ohio Farm Bureau has committed $1 million to improving water quality. For more information on the action plan put in place for Ohio farmers, see farmersforwater.org.

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Army Corps Expected Backlash While Engaging Public for Flood Mitigation Plan

04/21/15     4:40 p.m.

Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers will be in Findlay Wednesday and Thursday this week gathering input on the draft of the flood mitigation project from county residents. Lt. Col. Karl Jansen of the Army Corps of Engineers spoke with WFIN’s Chris Oaks about the plan and what the public can expect at the presentation.

Audio: Karl Jansen

According to Jansen, the backlash received thus far was expected and is typical with any civil works projects. He said because the projects impact people on a personal level, engaging and meeting with the public is important to serving the citizens and finding that balance.

Jansen said the plan made public last week is not finalized but is getting close.

Audio: Karl Jansen

Jansen said currently the benefit-to-cost ratio is just over 1.2. Anything over 1 qualifies a viable project for the government, but to compete with other project the ratio should be about 2. That number will be improved during the coming phases to hopefully reach that benchmark by study completion next spring.

The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Findlay High School. There will be a poster session followed by a presentation from the Corps. After the presentation, project team members will be taking written questions only from the public and answering them for attendees.

On Thursday, project team members meet with citizens  from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hancock County Engineer’s Office at 1900 Lima Ave.

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Part of Eagle Township Road 130 in Hancock County May Be Vacated

04/21/15     3:38 p.m.

The Hancock County Commissioners are considering vacating part of a road in Eagle Township.

According to Cindy Land, from the county prosecutor’s office, the last 500 feet of Township Road 130 were never developed and it is currently little more than a path that is used for farming.

The commissioners will view the area at 11 a.m. May 19th and have a hearing on the proposed vacation at 1:30 p.m. the same day.

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The identified part of Township Road 130 has never been developed. It has been suggested that the 500 feet be vacated.

 

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Unemployment Down In Most Area Counties

4/21/15 – 9:12 A.M.

Unemployment rates are continuing a downward trend in the region. Numbers released from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services today show joblessness is down in most area counties. Hancock County has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.9 percent. That’s down from 4 percent in February.

Wyandot County was down from 4.3 percent to 4 percent in March. Putnam and Wood Counties also had an unemployment rates below 5 percent, checking in at 4.4 and 4.7 percent respectively.

Elsewhere in the area, Allen County was down to 5.1 and Seneca County dropped to a 5.5 percent jobless rate. Hardin County stayed at an even 5 percent, while Henry County’s unemployment rate increased from 7.2 to 7.7 percent.

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Bluffton Village Councilman Resigns

4/21/15 – 8:37 A.M.

A Bluffton village councilman has stepped down. The Courier reports Everett Collier resigned Monday evening. The resignation was effective immediately. No reason was given for the move.

Collier is in the middle of a term that doesn’t expire until the end of December of 2017. Council will appoint a replacement to complete the term.

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Part Of East Lincoln Street Closed In Findlay

4/21/15 – 7:39 A.M.

A road closure will cause some traffic issues near downtown Findlay this week. East Lincoln Street is closed between Beech Avenue and East Street until Saturday morning. You’re advised to avoid the area.

A detour is posted. You can still access the bank from Lincoln Street.

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Carey Moves To Buy Bosserman Property

4/21/15 – 7:33 A.M.

Carey is moving forward with buying property to house two village departments. The Courier reports village council approved a measure Monday to issue $740,000 in bonds to buy the former Bosserman Aviation Equipment property. There are plans to house the electric and public works department on the seven-acre facility.

Village Administrator Roy Johnson said an emergency ordinance was needed to lock in an interest rate of a little more than 2.6 percent. Council President Chad Kin voted against the measure. He said less money could have been spent to construct a new building in the village.

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Fostoria Superintendent Wants To See Change In Testing

4/21/15 – 7:19 A.M.

The superintendent of the Fostoria School District talked about student testing Monday. The Courier reports Andrew Sprang hopes the system for assessing students will be changed next year. He said students are currently preparing for the second round of PARCC testing. The tests will be completed by mid-May.

Sprang said he’s hoping to see some relief. He added that the state might move to one round of testing instead of two next year. Sprang says that would be less of a classroom disruption.

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