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January 10th, 2012
To avoid a potential political pitfall, a Wapakoneta City Council member suggested lengthening the terms of office for councilors and council president and staggering the terms of all city elected officials.
Councilor-at-large Tom Finkelmeier Jr. proposed a plan to extend the terms of councilors and council president to four-year terms from two-year terms. He also proposed having the council president elected the same year as councilors representing the wards and the mayor, auditor, treasurer, law director elected the same year as councilors-at-large.
CRIDERSVILLE — A local legislative body is seeing new faces this year to help lead the village.
A former Criders-ville Fire Department assistant chief and the current Lion’s Club president took their new seats on Monday evening as they attended their first village council meeting as councilors.
Rick Walls and Stacey Myers Cook were sworn in at the meeting.
WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen School District will soon expand its policy on accepting open-enrollment students.
Superintendent Chris Pfister recommended Waynesfield-Goshen Board of Educationmembers accept open-enrollment students statewide. Board members seemed to be unanimous with the recommendation.
Pfister, who formerly had been superintendent at Apollo in Lima, told the board members while there the school managed to attract finances to the district without experiencing any increased costs.
For the first time in nearly 15 years, Wapakoneta City Council Clerk Carlene Koch will not read Wilbur Wells name during roll call at the beginning of tonight’s council meeting.
He no longer is a public servant after deciding early last year that 2011 would be the last of his 14 years serving as a councilor-at-large, the last decade as chair of council’s Finance Committee.
With one shared educator position already in the works for the Auglaize County OSU Extension Office, the possibility of others in the future are being discussed.
“Looking down the road, there is the possibility of sharing an ag agent,” Auglaize County Commissioner John Bergman said.
In November 2010, 16-year-old Zach Orchard was trying to come up with an idea for an Eagle Scout project.
He finally decided on an Eagle Scout project — one that would honor firefighters and his father.
“I was bouncing around options and I thought about my dad being a firefighter,” Orchard said. “I think what they do is amazing.”
From that point the choice was easy.
The sudden resignation by the director of a county agency came the same day he faced criminal charges in Allen County.
Auglaize County American Red Cross Director Adam Suchland submitted a letter of resignation on Oct. 25, the same day he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Lima.
Allen County Red Cross Director David Collins confirmed Suchland submitted a letter of resignation from the position on Oct. 25 after he was questioned on the incident. Collins said the resignation was accepted immediately by the American Red Cross. The Allen County office oversees the Auglaize branch.
Salary line items across all Auglaize County offices and departments are increasing by 2 percent, according to the 2012 budget finalized by Auglaize County commissioners late this week, and the commissioners voiced their pleasure with the final budget numbers.
â€śWeâ€™re happy with the budget,â€ť Commissioner John Bergman said, noting that â€śnot everyone got all their requests.â€ť
Bergman said the commissioners spent a lot of time developing the countyâ€™s budget for 2012.
Deputies with the Auglaize County Sheriffâ€™s Office are investigating a harassing letter placed in the home mailbox of the Wapakoneta City Schools superintendent.
â€śIt appears that the correspondence may be related to current contract negotiations in the district,â€ť Sheriff Al Solomon told the Wapak-oneta Daily News on Friday about the letter found last weekend in the mailbox of Keith Hornerâ€™s Cridersville area residence.
Beyond debt payment and water distribution on the new Wapakoneta Water Treatment Plant, the city expects its next largest expenditure for 2012 to be the second phase of installing new water meters.
Wapakoneta City Council Finance Committee members reviewed the Water Fund Thursday as part of the annual budget process during a committee meeting at the Wapakoneta City Administration Building.