Review Category : Local News

Seneca County Commissioners Talk About Proposed Joint Justice Center

3/26/14 – 6:44 A.M.

It seems Seneca County and Tiffin will have a joint city/county justice center in the future. The only questions are where and when? The Courier reports county commissioner Jeff Wagner is in support of the plan but wants to hold off on construction until 2018. Commissioner Fred Zoeller says he wants to move forward now, before construction costs go up.

There’s also the question of where the county would build the new facility. A Tiffin property owner has suggested the site of a former junior high school building. A study released earlier this month said the new building should be built on the site of the old 1884 courthouse.

The commissioners expect the project will cost $8.5 million. The county would be on the hook for $6.4 million of that price tag.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay Won’t Offer Income Tax Credit For Now

3/26/14 – 5:34 A.M.

If you live in Findlay but work outside the city limits, don’t expect a break on your income tax anytime soon. The Courier reports city council informally discussed the issue this week. The group decided the idea was financially risky for the city right now.

Some members of council also pointed out other Ohio cities do give some sort of tax break for the same situation. But those cities have higher income tax rates to begin with.

Councilman Randy Van Dyne said if people are going to choose to live in the city even though they work elsewhere, it’s only fair they pay the same income tax the rest of us do. He added the taxes collected help pay for a lot of the services that are part of the reason people choose to live in Findlay in the first place.

Council may review the policy again in the future.

MORE: The Courier

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More Money Set Aside For Interstate Widening In Hancock County

3/26/14 – 5:20 A.M.

A bridge project that came in under budget in northeast Ohio will benefit the widening of I-75 in Findlay. The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission reallocated almost $67 million to the project this week. The Plain Dealer reports the state estimated the I-75 expansion was going to cost $366.5 million, but now believe it will cost an extra $68.3 million.

The first phase of the project will widen the interstate to three lanes from Hancock County Road 99 to Perrysburg. Work for that will start this year. The next phase will widen the interstate through Findlay. That work won’t start until next year. The process also calls for upgrading the U.S. 224 and I-75 interchange. ODOT will also upgrade the U.S. 68/Ohio 15-Lima Avenue interchange in the coming years.

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Unemployment Drops In February

3/25/14 – 12:53 P.M.

Unemployment fell in the region in February. Hancock County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the area, at 5.2%. That’s down from 5.7% in January. Putnam and Wood Counties were the next lowest at 6.3%.

Elsewhere, Wyandot County had a 6.4% jobless rate, Hardin was at 6.5, and Seneca was at 6.7%. Allen County has an unemployment rate of 7% while Henry County stands at 7.7.

All area counties are well below their February 2013 unemployment rates.

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Water Slides To Be Installed At Riverside Park Pool

3/25/14 – 11:54 A.M.

One day, it will get warmer. The Findlay YMCA is already thinking about those warmer temperatures, and how you might be able to enjoy them. With that in mind the organization has announced it will install two water slides at the Riverside Park pool this summer…

Audio: Brent Finlay

Findlay YMCA CEO Brent Finlay says the city is working on getting the permits for the slides. He hopes to have them ready to go by Memorial Day weekend.

Finlay adds they’ll also make improvements to water quality…

Audio: Brent Finlay

According to Finlay there will be plenty of family activities at the pool again this summer.

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Dirt From I-75 Widening Will Be Used At Hancock County Landfill

3/25/14 – 10:42 A.M.

The widening of I-75 in Findlay will create a lot of excess dirt. Moving it from the construction area can be a big job, but it looks like construction crews won’t have to move it that far. The Hancock County Commissioners agreed to a deal today that will see the dirt used to cover trash at the county landfill.

The contract is with Miller Brothers Construction. The company will be doing the work on I-75, and will supply the landfill with the dirt from July of 2014 to August of 2016. It’s estimated Miller Brothers will supply the landfill with 160,000 to 200,000 cubic yards of fill dirt.

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McComb Water Tower Construction Delayed

3/25/14 – 8:16 A.M.

It’s going to take longer to build McComb’s new water tower, and we can blame the extreme winter for that. The frozen ground has delayed construction. Originally village officials thought the new tower would be ready for operation this fall. It could take until next summer now.

Trucks will start bringing in steel for the new water tower in the coming months. Water pipe installation will also begin this summer.

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Four Arrested Following Findlay Burglary

3/25/14 – 7:38 A.M.

Four Findlay residents are facing burglary charges following their arrests Monday morning.

Residents at 1000 Crystal Meadow Court reported a burglary to police around 3:45 a.m. Later in the morning a police officer stopped a car at the Imperial Marathon gas station on West Main Cross. Officers found four suspects inside.

19-year-old Cayd Burton and 19-year-old Zachary Montogmery are both facing charges of aggravated burglary. 21-year-old Nicholas Rarey and 21-year-old Adrian Castillo face second-degree burglary charges.

Police recovered some of the items allegedly stolen from the home. The investigation continues.

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Disabled Semi Blocking U.S. 224 Bridge In Findlay

3/24/14 – 7:12 A.M.

A disabled semi is blocking traffic on the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 this morning.  The State Highway Patrol reports traffic is backed up in both directions.  Troopers have called a wrecker to the scene, but there’s no word on how long the backup is expected to last.  It’s a good idea to avoid the area for the time being.

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Fostoria Narrows Police Chief Search

3/25/14 – 6:39 A.M.

Fostoria has narrowed its search for a new police chief. The Review Times reports the finalists include Fostoria Fire Chief Keith Loreno, interim police chief Captain Patrick Brooks and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Donald Joseph.

Loreno has served as fire chief since 2010. Brooks has been the acting police chief in the city since July of 2012. Joseph serves as an adjunct professor at Tiffin University. He teaches criminal justice classes.

A committee will make their pick for the new chief at a later date. The selection will then face approval from city council.

MORE: Review-Times

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