2/6/14 10:35 a.m.
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik was part of a local contingent to Washington D.C. to lobby for flood mitigation. She spoke with Chris Oaks on Good Mornings this morning about her trip..

Audio:  Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik and other officials went to D.C. to lobby for part of an $8 million Omnibus spending bill set aside for flood studies across the U.S. Mayor Mihalik was asked about the growing frustration among residents who are growing weary of throwing more money toward studies to which she said pushing ahead and following the Corps’ protocol is good for Findlay..

Audio:  Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said having the will to move forward and not stopping is imperative especially with the announcement of the $80 million investment Marathon plans for downtown Findlay.

 

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2/3/14 3:15 p.m.
Mayor Lydia Mihalik commented on the relentless winter weather that has a grip on the region and how much of a burden it places on the city’s budget. She commented on WFIN@Ten this morning..

Audio:  Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said the winter hasn’t busted the budget yet but if the city continues to get pounded by winter weather it could be a problem. Mihalik also talked about a trip to Washington D.C. along with Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson and Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Chief, Tony Iriti, to make a pitch once again for Blanchard River flood study money..

Audio:  Lydia Mihalik

The group will meet with the Army Corps of Engineers and different committee members within the House and the Senate to make sure the Blanchard River is part of that allocation and complete the last phase of the feasibility study.

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1/27/14 – 5:34 A.M.

Ottawa is getting more money from FEMA to help buy flood prone properties. The agency announced late last week it was releasing more than $746,000 to the village to help buy and tear down structures that are often damaged when the Blanchard River floods.

The funds will pay for about 75% of the ongoing project. The remaining $248,000 will be paid for by Ottawa and the state of Ohio.

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