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City Reviews Sewer Permit Fees In West Park

10/6/2015 – 8:42 pm The City of Findlay will soon help to alleviate the costs of living in a part of the city. At the council meeting Monday night, the council approved a report which recommended the waiving of sanitary sewer permit fees for the upcoming sanitary sewer project. This would affect the residents and businesses in the West Park area of the city. The report recommended a one-time payment of $400.00 or a six-year payment of $100.00 per year to help the residents pay for the tap fees. The idea behind the recommendation was that it would help ease the burden for the residents in West Park.

Rail Improvements In The Works At Lima & Western Avenues

10/6/2015 – 8:40 pm The City of Findlay will be making improvements to the railroad intersection at Lima and Western Avenues. At the City Council meeting, the council approved a report which called for the city to enter into an agreement with the Ohio Rail Development Commission for upgrades at that intersection. Per the agreement, the ORDC will pay 100 percent of the costs for the upgrades at no cost to the city. The estimated project cost is around $135,000.00.

UAW Threatens Strike Against Fiat Chrysler

10/6/2015 – 3:51 pm The United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike against Fiat Chrysler after its membership rejected a tentative contract deal with the company. The Courier reports today that a statement was released by the automaker that said it has received a strike notice from the union, and that it continues to work toward reaching an agreement. A letter to Fiat Chrysler that was posted on the UAW website today says the union is ending its contract with FCA at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. More: The Courier

Komen Race A Success

10/6/2015 – 3:45 pm The Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure event in Findlay recently was a huge success. Judith Salerno, CEO of the Susan G. Komen organization said that the majority of the funds raised here in Hancock County will remain in Hancock County. Audio: Judith Salerno The remainder of the funds, according to Salerno goes towards researching the causes of cancer among women. The Komen organization has raised millions of dollars toward that effort since its inception. Audio: Judith Salerno Over 75 percent of the funds raised at the Hancock County event will remain in Hancock County to help provide for local families dealing with breast cancer.

Findlay Announces New Low Fixed Rate For Natural Gas Aggregation Program

10/6/2015 – 1:10 pm The City of Findlay announced a new gas aggregation program which may reduce gas rates for Findlay residents. According to a release, the city chose Volunteer Energy Services as the program’s supplier for a two-year program beginning in December. A fixed rate of $3.99 per metric cubic foot has been set for gas consumed for the December 2015-November 2016 billing cycles. This will mark the lowest rate in the history of Findlay’s gas aggregation program. Residents and small businesses should watch out for a letter from Volunteer Energy which should arrive by October 18th. Current program members and newly eligible account holders will receive an opt-out notice about the new rate. Residents who are with another supplier will also receive a letter letting them know about the rate and telling them how they can join the program if they are interested. If you have any questions, you can contact Volunteer Energy Services at 1-800-977-8374.

Carey Man Arrested For Drug Possession

10/6/2015 – 12:50 pm A Carey man was arrested after a search of his apartment found drugs. The Courier reports that 37-year-old Rickie Reza Jr was arrested after Wyandot County detectives found more than 20 grams of cocaine packaged for sale at his apartment on Vance St. They also found marijuana and cash in the apartment. The search of the apartment was the result of an investigation over the summer by the sheriff’s office and the METRICH Enforcement Unit. Charges against Reza Jr. are pending. Assisting in the investigation and search were the Carey Police Department, Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office and Wyandot County EMS. More: The Courier

Semi Truck Crash/Fire Near North Baltimore Causes Backup On I-75

10/6/2015 – 12:35 pm There were no injuries in a semi truck crash on I-75 near North Baltimore this morning. According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, shortly before 6am today 28 year old Matthew Lyle was driving a semi southbound on 75 when he noticed another semi attempting to move over into his lane. His vehicle drove off the right side of the road and struck a cement barrier. There was a fuel spill and the Lyle vehicle caught on fire. Fire and Police from North Baltimore were called in to extinguish the fire and for traffic control. The fire caused a backup on I-75 for around two hours. The crash remains under investigation.

Hancock County Commissioners Approve Bed Tax Increase

10/6/15 – 11:08 A.M. The Hancock County Commissioners unanimously approved increasing the hotel/motel bed tax by three percent during their Tuesday meeting. Two percent of the extra money raised will go to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, and one percent will go to the Hancock County Agricultural Society. Commissioner Mark Gazarek says the move will pay off for the county… Audio: Mark Gazarek Gazarek said that over the weekend thousands of people attended a craft show at the fairgrounds, including vendors who stayed overnight. He added a new building at the fairgrounds will only spur more events like that. Gazarek said he didn’t believe the additional tax would stop people from staying in Findlay… Audio: Mark Gazarek The tax will last seven years, around the amount of time it would take to pay off the debt on the arts center and new fairground building. Audio: Mark Gazarek The commissioners will draft a memorandum of understanding with both entities to dictate how the money can be spent. The funds can only be…