Archive - 2014 - News Article
The use of contingency funds to offset a revenue shortage prompted an outcry over spending at Monday’s city council meeting.
During a report from the finance committee, Chairwoman Bonnie Wurst reported that the swimming pool fund was discussed at the committee’s Feb. 5 meeting, wherein a question arose on how the fund’s contingency was spent.
Further information was proved at the committee’s Feb. 12 meeting that explained that the contingency was used to make up a $64,000 shortfall in revenue.
Criminal justice and safety forces were the focus for February’s Visioning Auglaize Leadership and Unity, a class designed to enhance knowledge of the county for local business leaders.
Members of the class toured county law enforcement and safety facilities located in Wapakoneta, including the Wapakoneta Fire Department.
Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites gave VALU members a tour of the fire house and spoke about daily operations of the firefighters, including downtime, regular maintanence, cleaning, training and squad and EMS runs.
The Wapakoneta Fire Department participated in a frigid, annual training session Thursday at the pond located behind the Wapakoneta Light and Power building on 251 Industrial Drive.
Fire Chief Kendall Krites said the training is important in case an ice rescue needs to be done during the cold, winter months.
In the fall of 2013, Wapakoneta City Schools did what many other schools across the U.S. are attempting to do nowadays — establish a way to curtail bullying in the district.
Part of this initiative came in the form of a new texting service that allows people to anonymously report any incident involving bullying among students.
The idea sprang from various meetings of the bullying committee, an organization made up of parents, teachers and administrators that formed in the spring of 2012.
Many shop owners downtown need to make sure their storefronts are cleared of snow and ice to insure the safety of themselves and customers they will have, and according to Gild the Lily owner, Glenna McCormick it is an important factor to consider during the winter months.
"I know that in order to have customers and things you do have to have the ways open and clear for them to get in," McCormick said. "Of course, I think there is a city ordinance that you have to have your sidewalks clean and keep your insurance and everything adjusted."
Since the beginning of January, there haven't been many days where the streets of Wapakoneta were completely cleared of snow and ice.
Employees of the Wapakoneta Public Works department have been working overtime to make sure the streets are all treated with salt, beet juice and sand. These materials can only do so much, and the streets won't be completely cleared until the sun starts to melt the snow and ice.
In order to enhance safety during significant amounts of snowfall, city officials advise residents to keep snow removal as a top priority — drivers and property owners are also reminded that it is required by law.
"We do have an ordinance that says a car cannot be parked on a public street for longer than 48 hours at a time without being moved — that's year round," Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. "The reason that comes to the forefront in winter time is because the snow plows are plowing around cars that are just setting."
Thursday morning Common Pleas Judge Frederick Pepple presented the Board of County Commissioners an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) subsidy grant agreement for Smart Ohio Pilot Funding.
Smart Ohio Pilot Funding is a grant for $375,000 establishing an opiate addiction, medically assisted treatment program. The grant will be paid in five equal installments, two installments of $75,000 coming before June 30, 2014 and three payments of $75,000 coming in the fiscal year of 2015.
Valentine’s Day is once again upon us, and with the holiday comes the customary classroom parties where students exchange valentine’s cards and candy.
For preschoolers in the Head Start program at the Educational Service Center, however, Valentine’s Day was celebrated a bit differently this year.
Jackson Center — A movie theater is often the center of a small town community, and many of those theaters are struggling to keep up with an ever-growing digital world.
The Elder Theatre in downtown Jackson Center is no different.
Becky Miller, who owns the theater with her husband, Rodney, said there was a great response from Jackson Center and surrounding communities throughout the past year to upgrade their theater to a digital platform.