Review Category : Local News

City To Have A Short Fall In Tax Collections, Mayor Says It’s Okay

10/19/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Council grew angry last night after learning about a shortfall in tax collections. The Courier reports that councilwoman Holly Frische demanded legislation to get more information on businesses that delay paying estimated taxes. She referred to it as tax deferment. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said all businesses pay their taxes on time and there is no deferment. She also said that the city has enough money to cover the shortfalls.

Frische still wanted the legislation to get more information. Councilman Tim Watson supported the effort in the interest of more transparency. Mihalik said that it may not be legal to disclose tax information.

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Findlay City Council Places Ban On Medical Marijuana For 2 Years

10/19/16 – 4:40 A.M.

Findlay City Council was finally able to come to a decision on a medical marijuana ban. The Courier reports that council placed a two-year ban on the cultivating, dispensing, and processing of the drug. Councilman Tim Watson was the only member that opposed the ban. He said that council should not make the drug inaccessible to sick people with doctors recommendation to use it.

The ban will make it a first-degree misdemeanor to cultivate, dispense, or process medical marijuana in city limits. This is punishable by up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.

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Japanese Delegation Honors University Of Findlay For Educational Relationship

10/18/16 – 11:29 A.M.

Delegates from Japan came to the University of Findlay to plant a cherry tree. This was to celebrate the relationship Findlay has with the country. Findlay has an economic development and educational relationship with Saitama Prefecture. Shigeru Motoki was the speaker for the assembly and he said that they planted a cherry tree because it is a cultural symbol of Japan. Cherry trees bloom in April, which is when school starts in Japan.

Ohio has a sister-state relationship with Saitama Prefecture supported by the University of Findlay. The delegates wanted to come to the University to plant another cherry tree and to speak with students. During the ceremony, Motoki thanked the University for teaching Japanese students and for giving them “lots of homework”.

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Streets In Findlay Getting Repair Work Done, Expect Lane Shifts

10/18/16 – 10:53 A.M.

Repair work will cause three Findlay streets to have reduced lanes this week. The City Engineering Department reports the intersection of McManness Avenue and Center street will have reduced lanes. Crews are making gas line trench repairs.

West Main Cross between South West and Hurd Avenue will also have lanes shifted to the south. Crews will be repairing water line trenches.

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Findlay City School Board Hears From The Principals Of All Their Schools

10/18/16 – 7:31 A.M.

The Findlay City School Board heard from the principals of all the schools under their charge Monday night. All of the schools are implementing the 7 Effective Habits program and many are doing the Leader in Me program. Board President Kathy Siebenaler Wilson says that this helps enforce these skills.


She said that hearing about all the schools working together shows that the schools are moving forward. She said that she thinks that the schools are all in a wonderful position for the future.

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Candidate Profile: Mark Gazarek

10/18/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Our series of profiles for candidates you’ll see on the November ballot begins today with the Hancock County Commissioners race. On the topic of flood mitigation, incumbent Mark Gazarek says he’s all-in on whatever Stantec Consulting recommends…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

On the topic of renovating the probate and juvenile court, incumbent Gazarek says the current set up doesn’t work…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

With that in mind, Gazarek says renovation would be a better option than building new because of the cost of a new building.

When it comes to economic development, Gazarek said having job ready sites helps lure more companies…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said an investment in infrastructure also helped bring McClane to the county.

Challenger William Bateson’s profile will air tomorrow.

Full Interview:

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Fostoria City Council Could Speed Up Construction on New Tim Hortons With Tax Abatement

10/18/16 – 5:18 A.M.

Fostoria City Council could give the owners of Fostoria’s Tim Hortons a tax break to speed up construction. The Review-Times reports that council will hear a second reading tonight about the proposed 10-year, 50-percent Community Reinvestment Tax abatement. Rensko Holdings is requesting the abatement. They purchased lots on North Countyline Road and plan to demolish buildings to build a Tim Hortons.

The paper reports that even with the abatement the city would still receive more tax dollars than the property currently pays. If council approves this abatement then construction is expected to begin next month.

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Arlington Might Consider A New Contract With The Sheriff’s Office

10/18/16 – 4:57 A.M.

Members of Arlington council might want to negotiate a new contract with the Hancock County SHeriff’s Office. The Courier reports that at recent meetings members of council thought the village might be getting overbilled. They voted not to renew the contract in September.

Fiscal officer Greg Glick said that he met with representatives of the sheriff’s office. He indicated that a computer error may have been caused inaccurate reports of the sheriff’s office activity in the village. Glick said that they were not being overbilled.

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Kalida Traffic Stop Ends In Two Drug Arrests

10/18/16 – 4:40 A.M.

Two people face drug charges after a traffic stop on Saturday in Putnam County. The sheriff’s K-9 unit was called in to perform a free air sniff. The dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found thousands of dollars in various drugs, meth lab supplies, a large sum of cash, and a loaded firearm. 30-year-old Rene Valdez and 20-year-old Dakota Valdez have been charged with possession of cocaine. Bond for Rene is set at $150,000. Dakota’s bond is set at $100,000.

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This Week Is National Teen Driving Safety Week

10/17/16 – 4:14 P.M.

It is National Teen Driving Safety Week and the State Highway Patrol is taking part. Findlay Post Commander Matt Crow says that teen drivers are in accidents due to inexperience but there are ways to get better.

Gaining Experience

He went on to add that 15% of all crashes in Ohio involved young drivers aged 15-19. Crow said that the young drivers are often at fault.

Accident Fault

State troopers will keep an extra eye out for young drivers that drive recklessly through to October 22nd. Crow said they always want to help young drivers before there is an accident.

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