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August 16th, 2011
Wapakoneta councilors unanimously agreed Monday night to establish incentives to attract new businesses by designating a community reinvestment area.
The City of Wapakoneta Reinvestment Area was incorporated as the municipal corporation of the city in its entirety. The move allows the city to attract new businesses by offering additional incentives in the form of tax abatements. The investment area also is to allow for abatements for remodeling existing residential dwellings. However, councilor Tom Finkelmeier said the primary focus of the move was made to initiate jobs.
Jeff and Mary Monfort were operating McDonaldâ€™s restaurants out west for some time when a unique opportunity arose for them to open stores in Wapakoneta and Celina in 1995.
That chance has turned into opportunity for many others beyond the thriving business-owning pair that has since opened restaurants in Coldwater and St. Marys as well.
Perhaps the coupleâ€™s business motto has been what has led to their success.
After much discussion, Wapakoneta City Councilors voted to shift money to the Auglaize County Dog Warden during Mondayâ€™s council meeting.
The council agreed to forward $5,000 that had already been set aside in the budget for the purpose of addressing animals running loose in the city to Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey after the recommendation was made by Wapakoneta Health and Safety Committee Chairman Tom Finkelmeier and other members of the committee. The money allotted will assist with staffing.
Two homes on Auglaize Street were the center of attention Sunday as the Womenâ€™s Civic League of Wapakoneta held its first Showcase of Homes.
Until this year, the Auglaize County Junior Fair had not hosted an event showing the Meleagris gallopavo. A local poultry club decided to give tradition up â€ścold turkey.â€ť
While the junior fair had hosted an event for breeding turkeys in the past, market turkeys had never been shown at the fair. That is, until this year.
By the way, for those curious, Meleagris gallopavo is the scientific name for wild turkey, which domestic turkeys are descended.
Jim Nowicki, president of the Western Ohio Poultry Club (WOPC), said the event was overdue.
With children soon returning to the classroom, an Auglaize County health official is reminding drivers to be extra cautious and focused on the road.
Citing a report on distracted driving recently released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, Auglaize County Medical Director Dr. Juan Torres said too many at the wheel of vehicles are voluntarily diverting their attention by either looking at something else, listening to something else, actively doing something else with their hands, or even thinking about something else while they are driving.
The Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Patrol investigated a one-car crash on U.S. 33 Friday. A passenger in the vehicle was transported from the scene. An officer said a female driver, a male passenger, and a child passenger were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. No other information was available.
Further information revealed that in fact a male driver had been driving the vehicle after investigation was done by the OSP.
Crews from Shelley work on milling Hamilton Street, near the intersection of Auglaize Street, in preparation for paving on Friday. The paving company will continue today with paving beginning in the morning on Nottingham Drive in Sherwood Forest and later in the morning paving will begin on Hamilton Street between West Auglaize Street to Glynwood Road. On Monday, the contractor will be working to complete another job outside the Wapakoneta area, and on Tuesday, the contractor will finish paving Hamilton Street. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.
By CARLA MEYER
A former Wapakoneta city administrator and Auglaize County native is the 2011 United Way campaign chair, a United Way of Auglaize County official announced this week.
New Knoxville Village Administrator Rex Katterheinrich agreed to serve as the United Way of Auglaize County campaign chair for 2011.
â€śIâ€™m pleased to be able to work with Randy Fisher and the United Way Board to have a better opportunity to help those in need,â€ť Katterheinrich said.
After listening to complaints and concerns from parents and other 4-H members about the 159th Auglaize County Fair for much of Thursdayâ€™s meeting, the tone of the Junior Fair post-fair evaluation meeting changed at the end.
Parents praised Junior Fair Board members for the work they do in making the Junior Fair events and the entire fair a success.