Review Category : Local News

Hancock County Commissioners Will Visit Tree Clearing Sites Along Blanchard

6/8/16 – 5:11 A.M.

The Hancock County Commissioners will be visiting sites along the Blanchard River where dead ash trees have been removed. The Courier reports that the effort is being made in response to recent social media posts by diversion channel opponents that say some of the trees being cut down are being left too close to the river. The worry is that the trees will get pulled back into the river during a flood, causing logjams.

According to the newspaper, Commissioner Brian Robertson says that many of the diversion channel opponents are being incited for former county commissioners. He declined to say which former commissioners might be involved.

H&H Land Clearing is handing the tree clearing effort. Representatives tell the commissioners they are getting the trees as far away from the river as they can. Gary Tuttle is a district technician for Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. He says in some cases the wooded area is too big to remove the trees beyond it. In other cases, the trees are too big to be moved any further.

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No Decision Made Yet On Huber School Demolition

6/8/16 – 4:58 A.M.

No decision has been made on whether to tear down a dilapidated former school building in Findlay. The Courier reports city council heard a first reading of an ordinance to demolish the former Huber School at 1001 Blanchard Avenue during their Tuesday meeting. Council twice voted against suspending rules and passing the measure as an emergency.

Councilman-at-large Jeff Wobser said more time should be taken before a decision is made. First Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische asked if there were any other options available. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the building is in bad condition, and boarding it up wouldn’t be enough to secure it.

Findlay City School officials are asking for the building to be torn down. They’ve moved some employees out of their transportation offices next to the old school because of safety concerns. Attempts to contact the building’s owner, a California man, have been unsuccessful.

If the city tears down the building, the owner would be assessed on his property tax bill.

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Rally In The Alley Returns This Friday

6/7/16 – 10:38 A.M.

A summertime staple in Findlay returns this week. The first of several “Rally in the Alley” events takes place in Latham Courtyard Friday. Carla Benjamin is with the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance and says it’s a great way to relax after the work week comes to an end…

Audio: Carla Benjamin

Benjamin adds several local restaurants will be featured throughout the summer…

Audio: Carla Benjamin

Benjamin says there will be a wide range of bands performing as well.

Rally in the Alley takes place Fridays from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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Shannon Cemetery Regulations Passed In Bluffton

6/7/16 – 7:37 A.M.

After months of controversy and debate, an ordinance designed to preserve the Shannon Cemetery in Bluffton has passed. The Courier reports an ordinance adopted last week establishes a separate donation fund for the cemetery and institutes regulations on who can work or volunteer there. All future decisions about the site will be made by village council.

Members of the Shannon Cemetery Commission had opposed turning the area into a memorial park. They had argued the cemetery was historic, containing the burial sites of some of the first residents of Bluffton.

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Pay Raises Approved For Carey Police Officers

6/7/16 – 7:28 A.M.

Pay raises have been approved for police officers in Carey. The Courier reports village council approved the measure during their Monday meeting. The raises will range from 3 percent to 13.5 percent depending on position. K-9 officer Sutton Flick, will be paid $19.01 per hour, up from $16.75. Police Chief Rich Kesler will get a 4 percent pay increase to $26.85 per hour. Other officers and dispatchers received 3 percent pay increases.

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Ohio Elections Commission To Review Complaint Filed By Seneca County Commissioner

6/7/16 – 7:20 A.M.

The Ohio Elections Commission will review a complaint filed by Seneca County Commissioner Holly Stacey. The Review-Times reports an attorney with the OEC says a meeting will be held on July 21 to discuss the matter. Stacey has said that there were irregularities between a PAC that opposed her in her reelection bid. The complaint alleges possible coordination between the PAC and her opponent in the primary election, Richard Focht. According to the filing, that could constitute violations of Ohio election laws.

The Seneca County Board of Elections has also made a similar filing with the OEC.

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Grant Money Will Help Design Upgrades To U.S. 68 In Arlington

6/7/16 – 6:56 A.M.

While money isn’t in place to repair U.S. 68 in Arlington, engineering work on future upgrades to the road can get underway. The Courier reports a state funding package will help pay for the planning process. A $500,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works’ Small Government program will get the ball rolling. The village also has access to a $500,000 zero-interest loan from the state.

Upgrades to U.S. 68 could include repaving, adding curbs and sidewalks, and improving drainage. The work could cost up to $4 million. Councilman Brian Essinger says officials should continue applying for state and federal grants to pay for the project.

U.S. 68 serves as Main Street for the village.

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McComb Accepted Into Northwestern Water And Sewer District

6/7/16 – 6:42 A.M.

It’s official, McComb is now a part of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District. That means the district will now handle utility services for the village. Jerry Greiner is the president of the Bowling Green-based district and says they’ll gain one employee who will come from McComb.

McComb council members wanted to join the district to help manage upgrades to the wastewater plant and water system. Greiner says the water distribution system needs repair work.

According to Greiner, the village’s water and sewer rates are similar to the district’s. However, planned upgrades could influence rates in the future.

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Putnam County Fair Board Faces Cash Shortfall

6/7/16 – 5:25 A.M.

The Putnam County Fair is in need of financial help. The Lima News reports last year’s horrible weather during fair week left the fair with a net loss of more than $45,000. Fair Director Nathan Meyer tells the newspaper that the weather and changes in how American Electric Power bills fairgrounds have left the fair board with a “severe” cash shortfall.

The board is applying for a $50,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Society Facilities Grant program. But in order to apply for that grant they need $50,000 in matching funds. There isn’t much time to raise the money either, as the deadline to apply is July 1.

Meyer says the money is needed to upgrade a water main at the fairgrounds. Anyone who wants to make a donation can call the fair office at (419)523-4268. A GoFundMe campaign has also been started by people who took part in the fair as kids.

This year’s Putnam County Fair runs June 20 through the 25.

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