Review Category : Local News

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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Prevent Blindness Ohio Affiliate Concerned About Fireworks Legislation

12/16/14     5:18 p.m.

Tomorrow the Ohio House Health Committee will likely be voting on Senate Bill 386. This bill would legalize setting off consumer fireworks in the state, like bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles and firecrackers.

The only public supporters of this bill so far are members of the fireworks and pyrotechnics industries. On the other hand, law enforcement and public health officials have been strongly opposed.

Audio: Sherry Williams

Sherry Williams is the CEO for Ohio’s Prevent Blindness affiliate and works on the Ohio Fireworks Safety Coalition. Williams said last year alone, there were 11,400 injuries treated in the ER due to fireworks, a 31 percent increase from 2012 and the highest number of injuries in the last 16 years.

While these statistics alone are concerning, Williams said more than half of these happened to bystanders who were not participating in fireworks discharge, like an incident that happened this past July.

Audio: Sherry Williams

 

The biggest concerns for this particular bill are that it requires no permit or training to set off the fireworks, most of which contain 50 milligrams of gunpowder. The bill also sets no limit for the amount one is allowed to buy or store at once.

Wiliams said the coalition is asking legislators to slow down and work with them to create a bill that satisfies all the questions and concerns.

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Boil Water Advisory for 900 and 1000 Blocks of Woodside Dr. in Findlay

12/16/14     4:15 p.m.

The city of Findlay has issued a boil water advisory for a number of residences on Woodside Drive until further notice.

A release from the Water Distribution Department says homes in the 900 and 1000 block of Woodside will be affected due to water main repair work.

The affected addresses are: 937, 940, 1000, 1001, 1010, 1011, 1016, 1017, 1024, 1025, 1032, 1033, 1040, 1041 and 1047.

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Representative Sprague Talks About The Fight Against Opioid Addiction In Ohio

12/16/14 – 11:58 A.M.

Ohio has made strides in the fight against opioid addiction within the last year. State Representative Robert Sprague recapped some of the bills passed in the state in 2014 during a meeting at the Courier today. He also said there’s more work to be done.

House Bill 367 will be voted on tomorrow and includes a critical education component…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says the bill also cracks down on doctors who are acting as “pill mills” for the heroin treatment drug, buprenorphine, which is addicting on its own.

Sprague also said the state needs a “good samaritan law” that protects people who try to get help for people who have overdosed…

Audio: Robert Sprague

A similar bill never made it out of committee this year. Sprague says that’s because lawmakers felt it was giving potential protection for drug dealers. He added he’d reintroduce legislation in 2015 that would clearly define addicts and drug dealers.

Another issue is the amount of opioids being prescribed by doctors…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says he’s looking into a system in Maine that examines pain treatment options beyond eight weeks. The system makes it more difficult to get opioids at that point and looks at other chronic pain treatment options.

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BGSU Football Player Facing Charge For Prank That Went Too Far

12/16/14 – 6:47 A.M.

A Bowling Green State University football player is facing charges after a prank went too far. The Sentinel-Tribune reports 22-year-old Matthew Johnson has been charged with obstructing official business. Johnson took $1,500 from his roommate as a joke.

Johnson and his roommate had both won money from a casino. He hid the money from Ryan Burbink, who in turn filed a police report. Johnson gave the money back and admitted to police he was behind the prank.

BGSU officials tell the newspaper they are addressing the situation.

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Carey Council Approves Pay For New Police Hires

12/16/14 – 5:30 A.M.

The Carey village council approved an ordinance last night that makes sure new hires in the police department get paid. The Courier reports the pay ordinance also covers some officers who have completed their probationary period.

Village Administrator Roy Johnson said no other pay raises have been approved, but raises could be given in March on a case-by-case basis. Performance evaluations will be given in February. The village recently approved a change that does away with “across-the-board” raises. A merit system is used instead.

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