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Blanchard Station Apartment Plans Move Forward, Neighbors Again Raise Concerns

2/14/19 – 11:19 A.M.

A new housing development in Findlay has taken another step forward, despite protests from neighbors in the area. The Findlay City Planning Commission took up discussion about the proposed Blanchard Station Apartments during a Thursday meeting. Residents on Bishop Lane again brought up concerns about increased traffic on their street.

The development in question would sit south of Melrose Avenue and north of the Bernard Avenue neighborhood. The original proposal used Bishop Lane as the only access point for the 50 unit complex. A change to the plan adds a connection to the south on Concord Court.

Bishop Lane residents had lobbied for the developer to find a different northern access. Some argued against the Concord Court connection, saying it would only bring more traffic through their neighborhood.

The planning commission approved the plans. City council will also have to approve the plans before construction can begin.

MORE: Concerns from neighbors in the area.

Fostoria Residents Sound Off On Sunny Farms Landfill Issues

2/14/19 – 5:02 A.M.

More than 200 people were on hand at a meeting to discuss problems at the Sunny Farms Landfill Wednesday night. Representatives of Sunny Farms, the Seneca County General Health District, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency all attended and attempted to answer questions. Ben Nutter from Sunny Farms says they are working to correct odor issues…

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However, Nutter’s answers didn’t do much to calm the crowd on hand. Many said the bad smell continues.

Dina Pierce is with the Ohio EPA and talked about what her agency is doing to try and hold the landfill’s owners responsible…

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Pierce says projects like gas extraction wells will take longer to complete. Many outbursts in the crowd made it clear that changes couldn’t come soon enough.

Representatives from Sunny Farms said they are working to comply with EPA orders. Matt Eely is the senior vice president of Tunnel Hill Partners, the owner of Sunny Farms. He said they are going to build a permanent wastewater treatment plant at the facility.

Health concerns stem from the smells created by hydrogen sulfide. Ohio Department of Health representatives said the Center for Disease Control has found no connection between hydrogen sulfide and cancer among humans.

MORE: Comments from government officials and community members

UPDATE: Ice, Rain And Wind Making For A Rough Winter Day

2/12/19 – 5:06 A.M.
UPDATE – 11:20 A.M. (Removes Wood County Level 1)

Winter weather made for a difficult morning commute again today. Freezing drizzle overnight made roads slick in spots all across the region. Putnam and Henry counties remain under Level 1 Roadway Advisories. That means that many roads have ice on them and you should drive with extreme caution.

A Flood Watch is also in effect for Hancock, Wood, Wyandot, and Seneca counties through late tonight because of heavy rainfall expected later today. Hardin County is under a Flood Watch until 1 p.m.

It’s going to get windy in the region later today. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for most of the listening area starting tonight and lasting until early Wednesday morning.

Litter Landing Will Start Accepting Glass Again This Year

2/4/19 – 10:28 A.M.

Litter Landing will start accepting glass again later this year. The Hancock County Commissioners have voted to spend around $4,400 for a roll-off unit to house the glass. Commissioner Tim Bechtol says they want to drive up awareness first…

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Bechtol says right now there’s no timeline in place for when Litter Landing will starting taking glass again.

The facility stopped accepting glass in July of 2016 because of falling commodity prices.

Polar Vortex Continues To Impact The Region

1/31/19 – 5:03 A.M.

An arctic blast continues today. The entire listening area remains under a Wind Chill Warning until this afternoon. We’re still looking at dangerously low wind chills that will make it feel like 35 below zero at times.

The dangerous conditions have led to another day of school cancellations around the area, including Findlay City Schools and the University of Findlay. You can see the full list on our website right now.

As of now, the United States Postal Service plans to resume mail delivery in Findlay today.

Things will start to improve tomorrow, with the high getting up to 14. We’ll have temperatures around 50 by the end of the weekend.

Findlay Police Officer Involved In Early Morning Crash

1/29/19 – 7:20 A.M.

An early morning crash injured a Findlay police officer on patrol in the city. The police department says Officer J. Sigler was eastbound in the 400 block of Tiffin Avenue around 12:15 a.m. when he noticed a car driving with its lights off. As he turned on his emergency lights he pulled into the intersection with Blanchard Street.

65-year-old Lucinda Morris of Findlay was driving south and had the green light at the time. She drove into the intersection and hit Sigler’s patrol car. The collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles.

Sigler, Morris, and a passenger in Morris’ SUV, 43-year-old Peggy Thomas of Findlay, all went to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash closed the intersection for about an hour for cleanup. The incident remains under investigation.

UPDATE: Eagle Creek Crests In Moderate Flood Stage, Blanchard Expected To Flood In Ottawa

1/24/19 – 5:11 A.M.
UPDATE – 5:27 P.M. (Eagle Creek crested, New level predictions for the Blanchard River, High waters close SR 235)

Wednesday’s rain combined with melting snow has area waterways running high. Putnam County is under a flood warning. In Ottawa, the Blanchard River is in the minor flood stage at 23.05 feet. Predictions show it cresting just above flood stage at 23.9 feet early Friday morning. Minor flood stage starts at 23 feet in Ottawa.

High water has shut down State Route 235 between State Route 12 and U.S. 224. Eagle Creek is currently in the moderate flood stage but trending down. It crested at just over 10.8 feet. The National Weather Service is still calling for it to drop out of flood stage this evening.

In the meantime, the Blanchard River in Findlay has risen to the action stage. The forecast calls for it to stay below the minor flood stage threshold and crest at 10.9 feet around 7 p.m. today.

Crash On I-75 Slowing Traffic North Of Findlay

1/23/19 – 9:10 A.M.
Update – 9:40 A.M.

A crash in the northbound lanes of I-75 about a mile north of the County Road 99 interchange backed up traffic north of Findlay this morning.

The State Highway Patrol says all lanes are open again following a crash that happened just after 7 a.m. Traffic was backed up in that area for around two hours.

The Patrol says no one was injured in the crash. We’ll have more details as they become available.

Winter Storm Brings Hazardous Conditions and Cancellations.

The winter weather is creating hazardous driving for the area. Snow and drifting snow is contributing to low visibility and slippery conditions. Local sheriff departments have declared roadway and snow emergencies and numerous activities are being cancelled.

For an updated list of cancellations click HERE. If you have a cancellation to submit, call the WFIN Newsroom at 419-422-2056.

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