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June 29th, 2012
Concerned with the financial picture portrayed of the county, the Auglaize County auditor met Thursday with the Auglaize County commissioners to discuss her budgeting worries.
“We always try to remain so positive about the county,” Auditor Janet Schuler said. “I like that, but things aren’t as rosy as they appear just because the sales tax is up.
“Sales tax numbers are good, but they have to be because the state is yanking money away from us,” she said.
CRIDERSVILLE — Cridersville Village Council Safety Committee members discussed Thursday the possibility of adding legislation to continue to label pit bulls as potentially dangerous.
Cridersville Police Chief John Drake presented an ordinance from the city of St. Marys and recommended the village adopt a comparable ordinance to help protect the village.
Twenty-seven years after she first began teaching the public about health-related topics, Auglaize County’s health education director says she is ready for something else.
Janet Bassitt didn’t intend to find herself in the health field after studying home economics education, but after three years doing such work with the Ohio State University Extension Agency and handling special litter and recycling projects in a 33-county area, funding for her position there expired and she applied at the Auglaize County Health Department.
In the next five weeks, a Wapakoneta city official intends to have determined a location for a new dog park.
But construction of the park could take longer, unless a local Boy Scout, volunteers and donors come forward to hasten its development since the city’s Parks and Recreation Fund is strapped.
Wapakoneta 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier presented his findings after touring nearby dog parks as well as possible city land to locate a dog park to a group of 15 people attending Wednesday’s Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.
Owning a pet since this 15-year-old Boy Scout can remember, he pondered expanding an existing dog kennel run before deciding on helping to build a new dog park.
When Wapakoneta City Council members received inquiries about converting some city-owned land into a dog park, Wapakoneta resident Travis Rohrbach said he immediately thought he could help.
One 29-year member of Wapakoneta City Schools administrative staff parted ways with the district and two others announced plans to retire this week.
Wapakoneta Middle School Principal Ray Payne was recognized for 29 years of service by Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members during a regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
“You have been compassionate about kids and passionate about school improvement,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members decided to move in a different direction with rentals of the Performing Arts Center (PAC).
Board members voted during Tuesday’s meeting to establish reimbursement rates for workers at events held at the PAC. The rates would be charged on an as-needed basis with $125 going toward each a site coordinator and lights and sound person and $50 for a student assistant. Additional fees could be charged for utilities and janitorial services as needed.
TSC is expanding their service to its telephone customers.
Starting Monday, TSC is expanding the places and telephone exchanges that customers can call — most likely reducing customers long-distance fees.
Local youth can take advantage to learn about acting and to practice what they have learned at a local drama camp.
The Riverside Art Center is hosting its second-ever Drama Camp at St. Paul United Church of Christ, in Wapakoneta, this week.
“In a weeks time, they get the basics,” Riverside Art Center Vice President Maggie Bowsher said. “They all kind of amaze me.”
Bids for the sale of beds from Auglaize Acres could bring in $720,000, if approved by the state.
“We were pleasantly surprised that they came in that high,” Auglaize Acres Administrator Connie Pierce said.
She noted county officials were surprised by the interest shown with bids from four different companies. She expected half that number.
But before the Acres can count on the sale of rights to the beds, the state must certify the high bidder’s certificate of need and go through an appeals process, which could take nearly two years.