Review Category : Local News

Carey Village Council To Apply For Grant For New Fire Truck

10/4/16 – 7:20 A.M.

Carey village council is looking for more funding sources to buy a new fire truck. The Courier reports the village will apply for an Assistance for Firefighters grant. The grant can provide between $100,000 and $500,000 for fire departments.

Carey has already received a grant for more than $104,000 to buy an aerial pumper truck. The village plans to borrow around $858,000 to pay for the truck, which council ordered in August. Officials expect to get the truck in around 14 months.

JustWrite Solutions will help the village apply for the grant. Council approved a $3,500 contract with the company during their Monday meeting.

MORE: The Courier

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Repaving Work Begins In Two Liberty Township Subdivisions

10/4/16 – 6:54 A.M.

Crews will be repaving roads in two Liberty Township subdivisions starting today. The township trustees say work will take place in the Western Meadows and Palm areas. Milling work starts today, with repaving to follow.

To make way for the project, parking isn’t allowed on streets in those areas between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. You might not have access to the street in front of your home at times during the project.

For more information, you can call the township building at (419)422-1330.

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Debate Heats Up Over Sewer Line Connections In Columbus Grove

10/4/16 – 5:33 A.M.

Connections to sewer lines led to some heated discussion at Monday’s Columbus Grove village council meeting. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Albert Morales Jr. had issues with how the village handled inspecting connections he made for himself and other family members.

Morales said a village employee inspected the hook-ups while Village Administrator Jeff Vance was on vacation. The employee approved the connections, but Vance did not pass one of them when he returned.

Council voted to test the line in question. If it passes the test Vance will approve the connection.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Sewer Lining Work To Take Place In Findlay This Week

10/4/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Sewer lining work will take on several Findlay streets this week. The city’s engineering department reports you may notice white steam coming from the areas where work is taking place. A release from the department says the steam could be mistaken for smoke.

Crews will work on the lining project today on Edinborough, Ferndale, and Hollybrook. Work will take place on Edith, Delmonte, and Cottonwood Wednesday. Thursday will see lining taking place on South Blanchard, Churchill and Hollybrook. Crews plan to wrap up on Friday on West Melrose, South Blanchard, and Greendale.

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Road 5 Meeting In Putnam County Cancelled At The Last Moment

10/4/16 – 5:14 A.M.

The Putnam County Commissioners cancelled a meeting about the future widening of Road 5 at the last moment last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports 20 residents between Gilboa and Leispic have petitioned to widen Road 5 between State Route 224 and Road E.

According to the newspaper, Commissioner Vince Schroeder and County Administrator Jack Betscher left just before the meeting stated. Schroeder said they were cancelling the meeting because of a “mistake in the language of the petition.”

Ottawa attorney Matt Cunningham asked for the commissioners to hold the meeting as planned. Commissioner John Love said the commissioners wanted to meet with their lawyer before moving forward.

Cunningham represented landowners in their suit against the commissioners for the widening of Road 5 north of U.S. 224.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Arlington Officials Bring Up Concerns About Sheriff Contract

10/4/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Arlington officials talked about the village’s contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Monday. The Courier reports there was some discussion about if the sheriff’s office had overcharged Arlington for extra patrols. Councilman Terry Lynn Huffman said he was worried the allegations from community members might keep them from supporting a levy for park and swimming pool upgrades.

A contract to pay for extra patrols in the village is expiring in November. Last month council voted not to renew the $34,000-per-year deal. Village Fiscal Officer Greg Glick said he did not believe the sheriff’s office overcharged the town.

MORE: The Courier

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Findlay-Hancock Chamber Of Commerce Reveals New Website

10/04/16 – 5:00 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock Chamber of Commerce has released its newly designed website. Director Dionne Neubauer said ,” We’re excited to provide our current and future members with a more intuitive website. FindlayHancockChamber.com sports a new look as well as easier navigation. The site also provides easy access to a list of Chamber programs and an online join form. Neubauer said that they have made the site more user-friendly for visitors to access resources and services.

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Findlay City Schools Supports Fundraising Project For The Boot Security Measure

10/03/16 – 9:36 P.M.

Findlay City School Board received a demonstration from the Lockdown Company at their Monday meeting. Superintendent Ed Kurt says that paying for the boots won’t be an issue.

Ed Kurt

The goal of the initiative is to get the steel boot in every school in the county that needs it.

Kurt says it will help with security.

Ed Kurt

The project will be paid for by fundraising through PTO’s and by accepting donations. The company said it does not need to be paid up front and can be paid over time. All that matters is that the children are safe.

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Firefighters Called To Fertilizer Plant As A Precaution

10/03/16 – 3:00 P.M.

Spring Valley Fertilizer had firefighters come to their plant when a bin started steaming. EMA director Lee Swisher said that employees at the plant noticed steam coming off a bin that had organic fertilizer in it. They called in Washington Fire Department as a precaution while the situation was taken care off. Vanlue Fire was also called in since they have a thermal imaging camera. Swisher says that employees handled the situation by taking the fertilizer out of the bin and spreading it around to cool off.

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Findlay Police Looking Into Clown Reports Seriously

10/03/16 – 2:37 P.M.

The Findlay Police Department is taking the clown reports. seriously. According to a post on their Facebook page, there have been three incidents from residents involving clowns. The reports are harassing in nature but nobody has been assaulted. The post says the purpose of these incidents is to scare others and is copying similar incidents across the state. So far no suspects have been identified or arrested.

Police added a message to the suspects saying, “Your behavior is not a joke and is threatening in nature.” If you have any information or want to report an incident, you can call the Findlay Police Department at 419-424-7150.

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