06/29/17 – 3:30 P.M.
There was a ribbon cutting this morning for the Horizon Point Villas housing project. Hancock County Economic Development Project Specialist Dan Sheaffer said that there will be extra housing soon.
Horizon Point Villas are due to open 240 units this Augusts for people to move in. Hancock County Economic Development Project Specialist Dan Sheaffer said they are excited to offer the extra housing.
John Aubrey is the developer and property owner for the project. Sheaffer said that Aubrey plans to open a couple hundred more villas later.
The villas are located at 1001 Claudia Lane. There 2 bed/2 bath homes available for $1,450 a month and 3 bed/2 bath homes for $1525 a month.
06/29/17 – 2:47 P.M.
The Hancock County Commissioners approved another change order to the Courthouse Foundation Repair Project. Commissioner Brian Robertson said spending over $1,300 now will save them money later.
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Commissioner Tim Bechtol identified the deal and the commissioners decided to take action. The access ramp will be in a side entrance by West Main Cross.
06/29/17 – 2:43 P.M.
Snapchat is a picture taking social media app and its latest update gives away your location. Findlay Crime Prevention Officer Brian White said that this has raised a few eyebrows.
White said that while this could be problematic there are ways to avoid it.
White added that you should pay attention to who you allow to follow you. Also, since the app targets younger people, parents should be aware of what their children are doing on the app.
6/29/17 – 6:54 A.M.
The Seneca County grand jury has indicted a Fostoria man in connection to a shooting incident earlier this month. The Courier reports 37-year-old Jerel Rhoades faces one count of felonious assault with two firearm specifications.
Investigators say Rhoades shot 46-year-old Durwin Perkins near the 200 block of South Poplar Street on June 14.
32-year-old Tanya Brown pleaded guilty on a falsification charge for her role in the case last week. A judge sentenced her to 180 days in jail with 150 suspended.
MORE: The Courier
6/29/17 – 6:42 A.M.
A crash in Western Hancock County earlier this week injured a Montana woman. The Sheriff’s Office reports the near-collision happened just after 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of State Route 12 and Hancock County Road 16.
59-year-old Joyce Berger of Pandora was driving on Road 16 when she pulled into the path of a car driven by 36-year-old Brandy Gertsen of Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman swerved to avoid the crash, causing her to go off the road and roll several times. Ottawa EMS took Bozeman to a Lima area hospital for treatment.
Deputies cited Berger for failure to yield.
6/29/17 – 5:30 A.M.
A Hancock County waste hauler won’t accept plastic recycling starting in mid-July. John Benton of H&O Services tells the Courier too many people have been stuffing their recycling bins with non-recyclable items. As a result, H&O will stop accepting plastics at their drop off locations at 4500 Fostoria Avenue and 109 East Lincoln Street.
Benton says many items dropped off at the locations don’t have any commodity value, so they end up in the landfill. That ends up costing the company, which has to pay for taking the extra items to the landfill.
H&O will still collect corrugated cardboard, paper, aluminum cans and metal scraps at the two locations. Litter Landing on East Sandusky Street is still taking many plastic types.
MORE: The Courier
6/29/17 – 5:19 A.M.
The Hancock County grand jury indicted a former Riverdale teacher on three counts of sexual battery Wednesday. The Courier reports 26-year-old Brooke Rosendale of Bloomdale was a fifth-grade intervention specialist in the district. She also was a junior high girls volleyball and basketball coach before she resigned in March.
The indictments accuse Rosendale of engaging in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old student. Investigators say the incidents happened between January 4 and February 3 of this year.
MORE: The Courier
6/29/17 – 5:11 A.M.
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will serve on an advisory board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The board advises the organization’s executive committee about matters of policy and program matters.
The appointment came during the group’s recent meeting in Miami Beach, Florida. Mihalik said, “I am honored to join such a committed group of mayors from across the country to advance the cause of cities.”
6/29/17 – 5:05 A.M.
Hancock County will likely ask voters to approve a higher sales tax this November. The Courier reports elected officials met Wednesday to talk about county finances. They unanimously agreed the county should pursue a three-quarter percent sales tax. The commissioners would earmark a quarter of the tax for flood mitigation, another quarter for operations, and the last quarter for capital improvements.
County officials have talked about possibly expanding the county jail to house more inmates. There are also discussions about possibly building a new county administrative office near the post office. The building would also replace the probate/juvenile court building on Dorney Plaza.
Before the issue can appear on the ballot the commissioners have to approve two resolutions. One resolution would determine how much money the tax would generate. The second resolution would place the issue in front of voters. To appear on the November ballot the commissioners have to submit the issue before August 9.
MORE: The Courier
06/28/17 – 6:24 P.M.
Tempers flared at an appropriations meeting for Findlay City Council on Wednesday. Councilman Jeff Wobser said that meeting was called so that they could get clarification on the safety director position.
Councilwoman Holly Frische wanted to know the reasons behind the salary amount and why the position was full time. She argued that council should have looked into this more in depth. Frische also argued that the position could be part time.
Wobser agreed with Frische saying that council has a fiduciary responsibility to look at the money. However, he thought that Mayor Mihalik and Safety Director Paul Schmelzer validated the reasons well, as did the other members of council that were present.
Frische also said that council should be aware of any employees with outside jobs and what those employees do. Paul Schmelzer also works as a consultor and she said that there could be a conflict of interest.
Councilman John Harrington said that council shouldn’t have to know about outside jobs. Many members at the meeting also disagreed saying that there are codes of ethics in place for this. Wobser said that he doesn’t have a problem with city employees having outside jobs as long as they do so ethically.
Some members of the appropriation committee were bothered by Schmelzer working between 30-40 hours rather than a full 40 hour week. Councilman Tim Watson said that this should be looked at more. However, the salary ordinance says a full-time job is between 30 and 40 hours.
Councilman Ron Monday brought the group under control twice as tempers continued to flare during the conversation.
The ordinance will go before city council next Wednesday.