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January 13th, 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.
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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
Fewer than a dozen people stopped by the Wapakoneta City Administration Building Tuesday to review engineer’s drawings for another phase of the East Benton Street reconstruction project.
The 2012 reconstruction project, which includes replacing water, sanitary and storm water sewer lines as well as lateral lines, is a full-depth reconstruction of the street from Water Street to the CSX railroad tracks. The natural gas company is to replace the main line and laterals, too.
ST. MARYS — The United States is the most overweight country in the world, Joe Piscatella says, and the weight can be attributed to the unhealthy lifestyle many Americans lead.
“Unfortunately, in the United States, our lifestyle is out of whack,” Piscatella said. “The result is we have numbers of diseases and debilitating conditions that have a lot less to do with our genetic make-up and a lot more to do with the way we choose to live.”
MINSTER — Members of the Minster fire and rescue squad responded to Minster Machine this morning for an accident which resulted in the death of an employee.
Minster Fire Chief Dale Dues said crews received a telephone call shortly after 5 a.m. today reporting a male at Minster Machine was trapped under a plate of steel. By the time emergency responders arrived, Dues said employees at the foundry freed the male. The male was brought to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys via a Minster squad.
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.