Review Category : Local News

North Baltimore Approves Emergency Response Surcharge For Non-Residents

12/18/14 – 7:43 A.M.

Non-North Baltimore residents who need emergency help will pay a little more for services. The Courier reports the village council approved a measure last night that includes a surcharge for emergency runs involving non-residents. Hourly rates were set for fire and rescue services. The surcharge will amount to an extra 15 percent on the bill.

North Baltimore officials say the village needs to recoup some expenses. Most emergency calls for traffic accidents don’t actually happen in North Baltimore, but on I-75.

MORE: The Courier

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Allen County School District Considers Allowing Teachers To Carry Firearms

12/17/14 – 7:27 A.M.

An Allen County school district is considering arming its teachers. The Lima News reports the Elida school board will allow the district’s superintendent to form a committee to review the possibility. The district decided to look into the policy change in the wake of school shootings around the nation over the past several years.

The newspaper reports several community members attended the meeting to voice their support.

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Year In Review: Cooper Tire Announces Tech Center

12/17/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Our look back at 2014 in Findlay and Hancock County examines life after Apollo Tyre for Cooper Tire & Rubber. As 2013 closed, a sale to the India-based company fell through. In 2014, Cooper recommitted to local development with the announcement of a new tech center…

Audio: Roy Armes

CEO Roy Armes talked about the tech center during an official announcement in June. Armes said Cooper will hire 40 people to run the facility, including engineers, scientists, and researchers.

The state offered incentives for Cooper to locate the technology center in Findlay. A $2.8 million grant was given to the company. The state controlling board added another $400,000 grant to make infrastructure improvements in the city.

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Two Injured In Tuesday Night Findlay Crash

12/17/14 – 5:24 A.M.

A three-car crash injured two people on Tiffin Avenue Tuesday night. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 8:45 p.m. in the 800 block of the road.

Investigators say 36-year-old Kari Mahler was driving east on Tiffin Avenue when she stopped for traffic. She was hit from behind by a car driven by 22-year-old Kagayaki Tabogami of Findlay. The impact of the collision pushed Mahler’s car into the westbound lanes of the road, where it was hit by a car driven by 64-year-old Charles Yurkovich of North Canton.

Mahler and a passenger, 13-year-old Tayler Brantley, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries. Tabogami was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

 

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Fostoria Ready To Close The Books On 2014

12/17/14 – 5:09 A.M.

Fostoria is ready to close the books on 2014. The Review-Times reports city council approved the final appropriations for this year’s expenses and temporary appropriations for 2015 at their Tuesday meeting. That clears the way to give a final examination of the books.

City Auditor Steve Garner says the final general fund numbers will come in a little over $7 million for 2014. That’s a nearly $600,000 increase over last year. Expenditures for 2015 have been budgeted at around $6.3 million.

Most of the spending will come from police, fire and EMS expenses. Those services will cost around $4.7 million.

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Grant Will Pay For Band Shell Improvements

12/17/14 – 4:48 A.M.

The band shell at Riverside Park in Findlay will see some improvements thanks to a grant. Findlay City Council accepted $9,000 from the Hancock Park District at their Tuesday meeting. The money will pay for brick work at the summertime concert facility. The improvements will take place sometime in 2015.

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Population Data Proving to be an Effective Tool for Population Influence

12/16/14     10:25 p.m.

A new trend for communities across the country is using data to positively influence their communities. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik traveled to Washington D.C. earlier this month to learn more about using data to develop policies and procedures.
One of the example communities Mihalik mentioned was Louisville, Kentucky, which has all of its data available at louiestat.louisvilleky.gov.
Another example was a project being done in San Diego, California. In San Diego, officials identified the four main illnesses causing 50 percent of health-related deaths there. Using that data, city leaders encouraged three wellness initiatives and were able to significantly impact the wellbeing of their citizens.
Mihalik said while it seems like a pet-type project, the data proves this is something that needs to be done.
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