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Findlay Proposing Storm Water and Drainage Rules

03/31/15     11:05 p.m. In 2007, the EPA required Findlay to become a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System community. As part of the MS4, Findlay had to submit a storm water management plan, which includes regulations on dumping into storm drains that run into bodies of water and controlling drainage, erosion and sediment at construction sites. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer presented two ordinances to cover those bases at a meeting Tuesday. The first ordinance outlining what can and cannot be put in a storm sewer that leads to a body of water. The second ordinance details how to dealing with construction sites. Schmelzer said having the ordinances keeps Findlay within EPA regulations in a streamlined way. Schmelzer said he’s hoping to have the ordinances introduced at a city council meeting in April for public input and council approval. by

City Council Considering Citizen Committee to Determine Reps Salaries

03/31/15     10:35 p.m. Findlay City Council is considering adding a citizen committee to recommend the salary for future council members. Councilmen Grant Russel and Tom Klein pitched the idea at an Ad Hoc committee meeting Tuesday. Audio: Grant Russel and Tom Klein As council members, representatives are charged with coming up with salaries for elected officials such as the mayor, law director, treasurer and council itself. But as Klein noted, the committee does not feel comfortable setting its own salary, nor is there organization to how salaries are determined. Audio: Tom Klein There are a number of other communities in the state that use this method for councils’ salaries, most recently Columbus created a five-person committee to do so. The Ad Hoc committee will now seek a legal opinion from City Law Director Don Rasmussen to be sure the creation of a citizen committee is legal within Findlay’s statutory rules. by

Lima Avenue and Carlin Street Boil Water Advisory Cancelled

03/31/15     3:32 p.m. A boil water advisory put into effect Friday has been cancelled. A release from the City of Findlay says that samples were collected from the affected area and all tested negative. The advisory affected homes at 1842, 1846 and 1900 Lima Ave. as well as 1941, 2100 and 2104 Carlin St. by

Doug Hiegel Named United Way Distinguished Volunteer

03/31/15     2:38 p.m. The United Way of Hancock County has selected the recipient of the Distinguished Volunteer Award. Doug Hiegel was named Distinguished Volunteer because of his volunteer involvement in many positions in the community. From Boy Scouts to St. Michael’s Parish to the Hancock County Home Builders Association, Hiegel is involved and invested in the community in many ways. He has served as a member of Hancock County Home Builders Association Projects Committee, an executive board member for Black Swamp Area Council Boy Scouts of America, a member of Black Swamp Boy Scouts President Club, a member of Eagle Patrol and chairman of Black Swamp Golf Classic. He was also as a member of St. Michael School advisory council and the St. Michael Parish Festival committee and currently serves as a member of the St. Michael Parish finance committee. Hiegel is the chairman of Hancock County Home Builders Golf Outing which benefits United Way.  He was a United Way of Hancock County board member from 2006 to…

Corn Yields Continue to Grow in Ohio and Hancock County

03/31/15     2:28 p.m. Ohio continues to be king of corn growing. Ed Lentz from Hancock County’s OSU Extension Office said the number of bushels harvested per acre continues to grow steadily every year. Audio: Ed Lentz Lentz said this can be attributed to a number of things, from weather to improving agronomy techniques. But the biggest and most effective change is the genetics of the corn, which Lentz said allows it to adapt and withstand more effectively. Audio: Ed Lentz The top county in Ohio was Miami with a high of 289 bushels harvested per acre. Lentz said with conditions continuing to improve, Ohio will continue to top the charts in corn harvests for years to come. by

Senator Portman To Hold Office Hours In Findlay

3/31/15 – 11:27 A.M. U.S. Senator Rob Portman will be in Findlay this week to hear from area residents. Portman is holding office hours from 10 a.m. until 11a.m. in the mayor’s conference room in Dorney Plaza. No appointments are necessary. For more information call (419)259-3895. by

ODOT Tallies Cost Of Clearing Roads

3/31/15 – 11:15 A.M. Winter is in our rear view mirror and with that in mind ODOT has put together the final numbers for clearing roads over the past few months. A release from the department says in District 1, the total cost of plowing operations topped $8.6 million. That includes more than one million miles driven by plows, and more than 50 tons of salt dumped on roads in the region. In Hancock County alone plowing the roads cost $1.4 million. Keeping Putnam County roads clear cost just over $1 million for the winter driving season. by

Work Begins To Determine Location Of Joint Health District

3/31/15 – 11:06 A.M. We know the Findlay and Hancock County health departments will combine at the end of the year. Now the question is where will the joint health department be located? Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle says work is getting started to determine that… Audio: Phil Riegle Peterman & Associates will conduct the study for $10,000. The county will be reimbursed that money from a grant received by the health board. No time frame on the completion date for the study was available. by