Archive - 2013 - News Article
During a ceremony to honor the first participants in a joint private-public downtown Wapakoneta building program, the cityâs mayor challenged Wapakoneta City Council to find more money for the fledgling program.
The Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership (DWP) hosted an event Thursday in the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Heritage Room to recognize the first six property owners taking advantage of the matching grants available through the FaĂ§ade Improvement Program.
Hundreds of Wapakoneta families should be able stay warm this winter thanks to a group of students dedicated to providing coats to children and adults in need.
âCoats for Kidsâ is a program provided by the Wapakoneta High Schoolâs Octagon Club that collects community-donated coats to be distributed to struggling families throughout Wapakoneta.
Green barrels marked âCoats for Kidsâ will be set up throughout the community for people to donate new or gently used adult and children sized coats.
More than 19 percent of the Auglaize County population, a total of 8,765 seniors, received Social Security benefits in 2012 â but Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said they are not getting the benefits they deserve.
âBecause of Social Security, Ohioâs poverty rate for seniors is 8 percent,â Brown said Wednesday during a media teleconference call. âItâs one of our nationâs best anti-poverty programs and has been for seven decades. Itâs not a hand out, itâs an insurance mechanism.â
Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members approved funding for emergency response agencies to purchase advance warning signs during a regular meeting Wednesday.
The 4-foot square, bright pink signs would warn motorists of emergency scenes ahead to prevent further problems at the location, explained Jim Williams, who chairs the Grants Committee tasked with determining whether or not to allocate funding for the signs.
Looking at the statistics and having talked with foreign companies investing in the Buckeye State, a JobsOhio manager can say with confidence â âOhio is truly a great place to do business.â
JobsOhio Foreign Direct Investment Manager Mindy McLaughlin addressed more than 100 people at the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council annual meeting Wednesday by examining the numbers and the philosophy behind retaining jobs in and attracting jobs to Ohio from foreign firms.
After explaining that
The failure of two property levies and one income tax levy proved moot when Uniopolis village residents approved surrendering the village corporation powers to Union Township.
Forty-nine village residents voted in favoring of unincorporating the village compared to 23 voters against the move. Residents voted against the issue in November 2012.
Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert says he plans to meet with Buckland Village Council members and discuss where to go from here after a levy for fire and EMS services was voted down by residents for the second time on Tuesday.
The 5-year, 3-mill property tax levy for fire and EMS services for the village was defeated 45 to 34, according to unofficial results of Tuesdayâs general election from the Auglaize County Elections Board.
Two incumbents and one former councilor will return to represent Wapakoneta as councilors-at-large when they take the oath of office for their terms starting in January.
Councilor-at-large Dan Graf, who served two terms as 4th Ward councilor and the last term as a councilor-at-large, returns to his seat. He received the most votes with 721.
Unofficial election results courtesy of the Auglaize County Elections Board Office
Wapakoneta City Council (3 elected)
Rachel Barber 687
Tom Finkelmeier Jr. 618
Randy Fisher 647
Dan Graf 721
President of Council Steve Henderson
Treasurer Barbie Steinke
1st Ward Jim Neumeier
2nd Ward Dan Lee
3rd Ward Bonnie Wurst
4th Ward Chad Doll
Cridersville Village Council (4 elected)
Shirley Anderson 192
Bob Conner 181
Paul Lynch 208
Eric West 194
Tony Zuppardo 161
Waynesfield Village Council (4 elected)
Beckie Clarke 64
The Interstate 75 overpass at Bellefontaine Street and even the one at Ohio 67 should be considered for beautification projects to commemorate the areaâs history when they are reconstructed by the state, city officials and administrators say.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz and Wapakoneta City Council Councilor-at-large Dan Graf said they plan to initiate a search for grants to improve one, if not both, of the overpasses to pay tribute to Neil Armstrong and
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the history of the region.