Review Category : Local News

North Baltimore And Henry Township Still Trying To Reach Agreement On Emergency Services

12/7/16 – 7:29 A.M.

North Baltimore officials are growing more frustrated with an effort to reach an EMS agreement with Henry Township. The Courier reports council members are pushing for another meeting with Henry Township trustees. The dispute stems from how much money Henry Township should pay for EMT services.

Council considered sending a letter to residents living outside of the village, saying they could suspend EMT service to the township if a financial agreement isn’t reached. Council members decided against that Tuesday.

The newspaper says Henry Township trustees have said they are considering funding options.

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Fostoria Council Approves Fiscal Recovery Plan

12/7/16 – 5:34 A.M.

Fostoria residents have some decisions to make about the city’s financial future. The Courier reports city council approved a financial recovery plan during their Tuesday meeting. The plan includes two tax levies. The first is a 6-mill property tax increase. The second is for an extra quarter-percent income tax. The plan projects Fostoria will get out of the red by 2019 and have a positive general fund balance of more than $918,000 in 2021 – if voters pass the levy.

Council also voted to end an income tax credit for residents who live in Fostoria but work somewhere else. The state auditor’s office estimates that will generate an extra $500,000 per year for the general fund.

Other parts of the plan include eliminating local police and fire dispatching. The departments will contract with a local county to provide those services. The plan also calls for adding personnel in the fire division to reduce overtime costs.

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Former Hancock County Commissioner Appointed To Park Board

12/7/16 – 5:21 A.M.

A former Hancock County Commissioner is returning to public life. The Courier reports Ed Ingold will fill an opening on the Hancock Park Board of Commissioners. Judge Kristen Johnson appointed Ingold to fill the unexpired term of Barbara Deerhake. The term runs through the end of 2018.

Ingold has been a member of a group that financially supports the district. He resigned his role on the Hancock Parks Foundation Board of Trustees after getting the appointment to the park board.

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Findlay City Council To Get Monthly Updates On Number Of Tax Deferments

12/7/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Findlay City Council will now get updates on how many people and businesses are delaying payment of estimated taxes. The Courier reports council approved an ordinance that requires the tax administrator to report the number of approved deferments each month. The report will include the number of missed payments as well.

Auditor Jim Stashiak argued the legislation has a loophole. Staschiak says if a business doesn’t file a declaration of estimated taxes then it’s up to the tax administrator to decide whether to include it in the monthly report. Andrew Thomas is the tax administrator for Findlay. He says he follows up on missing declarations. Thomas adds there are other ways to determine the estimates.

City council approved rules in 2009 that allow businesses to defer paying estimated taxes. The goal was to reduce the amount of refunds given due to overpayment.

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Green Springs Police Chief And Wife Escape Tennessee Wildfires

12/7/16 – 4:24 A.M.

A northwest Ohio police chief and his wife are back home after escaping the Tennessee wildfires. Green Springs Chief Charlie Horne tells WTOL-TV they had spent a weekend hiking near Gatlinburg last month before being evacuated when high winds swept the fire near their condominium. Horne says he still has a cough from inhaling the heavy smoke and his wife’s car still smells like the fire, but they’re fortunate to be alive.

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Findlay City Council Approves Funds To Improve Findlay Airport Runway 18/36

12/06/16 – 11:06 P.M.

Findlay City Council approved funds to improve Runway 18/36 at the Findlay airport during their Tuesday meeting. Service Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that the city has been planning for this.

Paul Schmelzer

He added that the construction will start next year and won’t take long.

Paul Schmelzer

Funding for the project comes from grants awarded to the city by the Federal Aviation Administration and ODOT. Findlay will pay a little more than $111,300 for the over 2.2 million dollar project.

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Three Men Injured In I-75 Crash

12/06/16 – 6:49 P.M.

A Findlay Man was seriously injured and a Forest man was hurt in a crash on I-75 Tuesday morning. The Courier reports 45-year-old David Russell of Findlay was driving behind 63-year-old John Messmer of Forest. Both men slowed down for traffic on northbound I-75 in Perrysburg Township. A commercial truck, driven by 34-year-old Kuldep Sekohn from Ontario, rear-ended Russell. Russell’s truck then struck Messmer’s vehicle.

Perrysburg Township EMS took Russell to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. He suffered life-threatening injuries. Middleton Township EMS took Messmer to Wood County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Sekohn was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Perrysburg with non-life threatening injuries.

Sekohn and Russell were not wearing seatbelts.

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Findlay Elks Lodge And Hancock County Veterans Services Office Team Up To Give Vets Free Meal

12/06/16 – 6:24 P.M.

Findlay Elks Lodge 75 and the Hancock County Veterans Services Office are teaming up. Together they will offer a free Christmas dinner to any U.S. veteran and their family. The dinner will be served at the Findlay Elks Lodge from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on December 14. Singing Santa J.D. Owen will entertain children with songs and treats. Interested veterans can call the Elks Lodge at 419-422-2442 or the Hancock County Veterans Services Office at 419-424-7036 for reservations.

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Ohio Department Of Agriculture Gives Tips For Buying Firewood

12/06/16 – 6:04 P.M.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture wants you to be familiar with state firewood laws. In a release, the department said that being familiar with the laws can help ensure you get what you pay for. One of the laws is that non-packaged firewood must be sold by the cord or by fractions of a cord. A cord of firewood is 8 feet long by 4 feet high and 4 feet wide. The release says that non-packaged firewood must come with a delivery receipt or a sales invoice. This must include the seller’s contact information and the terms and conditions of the sale.

The department also urges you to buy local and burn local to help maintain the spread of invasive species.

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Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure Will Begin And End In Findlay This June

12/06/16 – 5:33 P.M.

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure will start and end in Findlay in June of 2017. Events Coordinator Julie Van Winkle says it will bring a lot of cyclists to the city.

Julie Van Winkle

The weeklong bicycle tour goes through Findlay, Tiffin, Upper Sandusky, Bellefontaine, and Kenton ending back in Findlay. Registration for the event opens on November 21.

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