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December 1st

Wind project considers county

December 1, 2011

An international renewable energy company is considering Auglaize County as a site for a wind farm.
U.S. Mainstream Renewable Power Inc. has completed preliminary studies for a proposed 100-megawatt project in portions of Duchouquet, Logan and Moulton townships, said Greg Myers, president of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council.
“The company plans to continue to conduct in depth analysis throughout 2012 to further determine the wind speeds and the overall feasibility for the development of a wind generation project,” Myers said.

Part of odor cause eradicated

December 1, 2011

Before Christmas, at least one possible source of an irritating odor is expected to be eradicated at Cridersville Elementary School.
Crews are working this week to put sealer down on floors in affected rooms where carpet had been laid.
“It’s designed to seal in any off-gasing odors coming from the concrete,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said.
He said with the carpet and adhesive in several rooms, including the music room, office and library, the smell seems to have disappeared.

November 30th

Administrator named: Longtime public servant nabbed for top post

November 30, 2011

The Auglaize County administrator position has been filled.
Michael Hensley, 53, who works as a quality improvement manager and ombudsman with Allen County Children Services, accepted the position Tuesday after being offered the job by the Auglaize County commissioners.
He described his hiring as an honor and it will be a privilege to work with the commissioners, elected officials and department heads, and for the residents of Auglaize County.
“I’ve always wanted to serve the citizens and taxpayers,” said Hensley, who lives in the Cridersville area. “I consider them my boss.

Helping flash a bright smile

November 30, 2011

Walking away with a new toothbrush and toothpaste in hand and flashing a fresh, white smile, a young Cridersville Elementary School student who had never before been to the dentist got that chance Tuesday at school.

City starts budget process

November 30, 2011

This is the last budget process for one Wapakoneta City Council member — and he offered some advice to his eventual successor.
Councilor-at-large Wilbur Wells, who serves as chair of the Finance Committee, reviewed the 2011 city expense report Tuesday with fellow committee members — 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier and 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst — and they started the process in crafting the proposed 2012 city budget.

November 29th

Zone of change: Zoning Board to send recommendation regarding variance

November 29, 2011

Changes to the notification process for variances and non-conforming use requests likely will fall onto the shoulders of Wapakoneta City Council members.
Wapakoneta Zoning Board of Appeals members decided Monday a letter will be written in the next few weeks to councilors expressing their desire on proceeding with the fees and the notification process in an effort to cut costs for the city.

Natural gas study to be conducted

November 29, 2011

WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Village Council members wanted guidance regarding bringing natural gas to the northeast Auglaize County village and the input proved to be overwhelming.
Village residents decided it is time to attempt to bring natural gas to the community, at least according to a questionnaire sent out to residents earlier this month.
Residents voted 208-to-38 in favor of spending the money for a feasibility study to bring the utility into the village after they were asked the question on their utility bill mailed out in early November.

Holiday cheer soon to fill streets of Wapak

November 29, 2011

Children and families will soon have the opportunity to enjoy holiday cheer — in their own back yard.
The fifth annual Children’s Hometown Holiday inches closer to its start this Saturday in downtown Wapakoneta.
Organizer Elaine Poppe came up with the idea five years ago for the annual event.
“The festival is centered around recreating the old- fashioned spirit of Christmas,” Poppe said.
Poppe spearheaded this event because she believes children should have a special place where they can go every year and create Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.

November 28th

Wapak grad shares Macy’s march

November 28, 2011

For one former Wapakoneta High School Marching Band member Thanksgiving Day started with getting up at 2:30 a.m. and practicing downtown at 4 a.m. — all for a parade that started five hours later.
Miami University Marching Band member Justin Engle, 19, said he was stunned — not by the crowd or the television cameras — but by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade’s similarities to parades in Wapakoneta.

Engineer plans 2012 purchases

November 28, 2011

The Auglaize County engineer already received permission last week to go ahead and purchase several new pieces of equipment in 2012.
Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said per the Ohio Revised Code he must seek authorization from the Auglaize County commissioners for equipment he plans to purchase for the Engineer’s Office through state co-op programs.
The purchases, which are expected to total approximately $300,000, represent 6 to 7 percent of the county’s 2012 Motor Vehicle Gas Tax (MVGT) budget.

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