Review Category : Local News

Free Lunch Held In Downtown Findlay To Raise Donations For Children’s Mentoring Connection

08/10/16 – 1:35 P.M.

There was a free lunch at the corner of Sandusky and Main today in Findlay. Movement Church partnered with the Children’s Mentoring Connection to offer a free meal to people passing by and had donation boxes out and about. Eric Ferguson said there was a variety of food that was donated.

Audio: {ZZ- Eric Ferguson}          :16.6          OUT: root beer floats

The lunch was held to raise money for the Children’s Mentoring Connection and to recruit new mentors.

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Zoning Change Clears Way For Fostoria Tim Hortons Location

8/10/16 – 8:45 A.M.

Tim Hortons is on its way to Fostoria thanks to a zoning change. The Review-Times reports city council approved changing properties between 1030 and 908 North Countyline Street to business lots. The move paves the way for MCV Acquisitions LLC to break ground for the Canada-based coffee and donut chain.

A new traffic light will be installed in the area to deal with an expected increase in traffic.

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One Arrested Following Fostoria Drug Investigation

8/10/16 – 8:36 A.M.

A Fostoria man is facing a drug charge following his Tuesday arrest. The Review-Times reports officers searched a home at 851 Bugner Street and found suspected crack cocaine and criminal tools. Diondre Brown was taken into custody and charged with possession of crack cocaine. Several other charges could be filed following further investigation.

A news release from Police Chief Keith Loreno said his department had received several complaints coming from the Dillon Crossing area of the city.

Brown is being held in the Seneca County Jail.

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Fostoria’s Path Out Of Fiscal Emergency Discussed Tuesday

8/10/16 – 7:30 A.M.

Fostoria’s Financial Planning and Supervision Commission met for the first time Tuesday. The Review-Times reports the goal of the group is to come up with a plan to get the city’s finances out of the red. They’re required to have that plan together within four months.  The city has been placed under a fiscal emergency by the state.

This week’s meeting was mostly organizational in nature. Sharon Hanrahan of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management walked the group through the upcoming process. She said difficult decisions will have to be made over the coming months.

The next step in the process is for representatives from the state auditor’s office meet with city administration and department heads to discuss the city’s direction. They’ll also look at city departments operating expenses and capital needs for the next five years.

The next commission meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. on November 2. The date was picked to allow committee members and city officials to create a five-year budget forecast.

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Arcadia School Board Approves Repair Work

8/10/16 – 7:16 A.M.

The Arcadia School District is making some repairs to its school building as the new academic year approaches. The Courier reports the school board approved a repair package during their Tuesday meeting. The work will include replacing a feed water tank for the boiler system, replacing a wastewater neutralization tank for the chemistry lab, and installing a single-handle faucet in the chemistry lab.

J.L. Mechanical Services of Perrysburg was awarded a contract of nearly $18,000 to do the work.

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No Discussion Held On Possible Ban On Hunting In Litzenberg Woods

8/10/16 – 6:54 A.M.

Hunting will continue in the Litzenberg Memorial Woods west of Findlay, at least for now. The Courier reports the Hancock Park District Commission took no action on a resolution to stop hunting at that location during their Tuesday meeting. Commission president Gary Hirschfeld has said he supports continuing hunting on the grounds, while commissioner Scott Younger is against it. Commissioner Barb Deerhake was not at Tuesday’s meeting.

Nine people attended the meeting and were all in favor of continuing seasonal hunting on the south side of the Litzenberg property. The area is closed to the public from September 1 through January 31 as a result. Hunting has been allowed there since 1993. Permits are issued through a lottery in August. This year’s lottery will be scheduled soon.

The issue is expected to be brought back up at the board’s next meeting, which will be September 13 at 3 p.m.

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Offices In Findlay Municipal Building Changing Locations

8/10/16 – 5:31 A.M.

An effort to create more space for the Findlay Municipal Court will see offices in the municipal building changing locations over the next few weeks. The Courier reports the police department’s records division moved from the first floor to Room 315 on the third floor. That will allow the police administration to move to the first floor, into Room 116. Police Chief Greg Horne tells the newspaper that process should take around six weeks.

Once the police administration moves, their former offices on the second floor will become municipal court offices. The new space will create a third courtroom for a magistrate to work in. It will also be used as work space by probation officers. The second-floor space will offer a private bathroom to collect urine samples as well.

The cost of the project is estimated to be around $350,000. The money is coming from the court’s improvement fund.

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Findlay’s Online Financial Transparency Tool Goes Live

8/10/16 – 5:19 A.M.

Findlay’s online financial transparency tool is now up and running. FindlayOhioFinances.com shows all the city’s revenues and expenses, and will be updated weekly. The site was recently previewed for city council members.

Users can also look up city employee salaries. Findlay Auditor Jim Stashciak says employee salaries are popular public record requests.

The site will eventually export data to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s OhioCheckbook.com. Stashciak says he expects that to start happening later this year.

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Commissioner Brian Robertson To Return To Work Soon

8/10/16 – 5:10 A.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson is expected to return to work soon. The Courier reports Robertson could be back in his office as soon as this Thursday. He had been out of state since early July when his wife was hit by a car while they were on vacation in Florida. Jane Robertson’s injuries were severe enough that she was unable to return to Ohio until recently.

Commissioner Phil Riegle told the Courier Robertson might be able to make Thursday’s meeting. If he doesn’t, he’ll be back by next Tuesday at the latest.

State law allows commissioners to have a 90-day absence before a vacancy can be declared.

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