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January 13th, 2012

Commissioners build salary reserve fund

January 13, 2012

By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
A transfer of $100,000 is expected to build back up the county’s salary reserve fund for any retirements this year.
The Auglaize County commissioners this week approved the transfer from the contingencies fund to the salary reserve fund, which was established a couple years ago to help pay out vacation and sick time obligations offered as part of the county’s financial severance package upon an employee’s retirement.
Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer said they had just a little more than $12,000 left in the account going into 2012.

Wind farm project talks set

January 13, 2012

By LANCE MIHM
Staff Writer
Buckland area and rural residents in the surrounding townships will have the chance to get more information on the possibility of a renewable energy plant being built in the area.
U.S. Mainstream Renewable Power Inc., headquartered in Chicago, recently completed preliminary studies for the project, which would have portions in the village, as well as parts of Duchouquet, Logan and Moulton townships.
“We thought now was the time to let people in the public get involved and get their input,” Buckland Mayor Dan Lambert.

Classroom normalcy

January 13, 2012

By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Anticipating the possibility that teachers with Wapakoneta City Schools may strike, school administrators are making plans to keep schools open and continue to educate students.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner told the Wapakoneta Daily News on Friday administrators have been spending a great deal of time preparing for a possible strike.

Title changes: Clerk of Courts requests renovations to title office

January 13, 2012

With costs unknown, the Auglaize County commissioners plan to work with the Auglaize County Clerk of Courts to renovate the county title office.

“I don’t know how much this would cost,” Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Jean Meckstroth said Thursday as she presented a list of 10 specific items she’d like to see updated in the office.

Commissioners planned to do a walk-through of the county office, located in a complex in the 600 block of South Blackhoof Street, before approving any plans.

1st Ward civics lessons

January 13, 2012

A group of Wapakoneta High School students talked with a local legislator to learn more about government from the ground up.

Thirteen members of Teen Green, a group formed by the city Tree Commission for planting trees, gathered Thursday in council chambers of the Wapakoneta City Administration Building to listen to a presentation from 1st Ward Council Jim Neumeier about his responsibilities as a representative of the people.

Online auctions successful

January 13, 2012

Auglaize County has successfully gotten rid of a wide array of surplus items online, especially as renovations have been made to the courthouse.

“It’s been a wonderful tool for us,” Commissioner Doug Spencer said. “We’ve gotten a lot of hits.”

Spencer noted items continue to draw attentlon on the county’s website located at auglaizecounty.org and then by clicking on an online auctions icon.

The site is operated by Lightgov.com, but maintained locally by the county administrator.

January 12th

Commissioners plan to move more to improvement fund

January 12, 2012

The Auglaize County commissioners plan to put more per month into the permanent improvement fund during the first part of the year to ensure renovations at the Auglaize County Courthouse are paid.

This week the commissioners authorized the Auglaize County treasurer to place $80,000 per month of receipts from the county’s permissive sales and use tax collected into the permanent improvement fund, beginning in January and extending through the end of June, or until the board adopts a resolution altering the amount.

C’ville to review parking

January 12, 2012

CRIDERSVILLE — Emergency vehicles experiencing trouble passing parked cars on a section of a village street is causing concern for village officials.

Cridersville Village Council members discussed the issue this week after listening to a report on the matter from Streets Committee members, who advised eliminating parking throughout the section of the street. When one councilor offered a new resolution to the issue, the matter was sent back to committee.

Botkins starts scholarships, flip-flops bus stops

January 12, 2012

BOTKINS — Botkins Local Schools Board of Education members elected to accept a $3,960 donation to start a scholarship in memory of a former school district employee.

Becky Grillot, who worked for the district as a librarian and media specialist, also worked as a secretary for the district. She fought cancer for a year before finally losing her battle with the disease Oct. 5 of last year. The money came from contributions in memory of Grillot at services held in Botkins Oct. 10.

January 11th

River logjam: Objections, defense of project heard

January 11, 2012

LIMA — The Soil and Water District Joint Board of Supervisors chose unanimously to move ahead with an expansive logjam removal project despite opposition from those in a large crowd at a public hearing held before the vote.

In excess of 300 people turned out for the meeting, many voicing opposition to the project citing a variety of reasons.

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