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City, township firefighters plan new pact

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Findlay firefighters will be entering into an automatic aid agreement with the Allen Township Volunteer Fire Department to provide assistance with confirmed commercial and residential building fires. The territory will include industrial corporations and...

They did the crime, but they can’t do the time

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Most people in jail want to get out. Amy Peters, who is out, is begging to get in. But on a recent muggy Monday morning, the 45-year-old, sentenced to five days in jail in January 2013 for driving with a suspended license, was denied entry to the Hancock...

Findlay closes skate park, citing need for repairs

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Findlay’s Eagle Creek Skate Park was abruptly closed on Wednesday, the victim of disrepair and vandalism. City administrators said the closure is temporary, but may last into next year. The decision was prompted by Tuesday night’s City...

Skate park causing concern

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Eagle Creek Skate Park, which Findlay officials say is in disrepair, is prompting concern that could lead to its relocation or demise. Councilman-At-Large Grant Russel, at Tuesday’s council meeting, asked administrators about the park’s...

Downtown Findlay renovation project receives tax credit

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER A state historic preservation tax credit worth $325,000 has been awarded to two downtown Findlay building renovation projects near the Hancock County Courthouse. FD Main Street, a private development group comprised of community business and investment...

Council OKs insurance fund transfer

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council on Tuesday voted to transfer an additional $50,000 for insurance-related claims and fees into an account that the law director can access at will. Opposition from two council members wasn’t enough to persuade the rest of...

County standing firm on jail fees

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek says Findlay’s refusal to pay jail fees for the past three months is “disconcerting,” but it isn’t going to force the county into changing its proposed contract for inmate housing. Mayor...

Money transfer facing opposition

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Two Findlay City Council members are balking at a recommended $50,000 insurance money transfer that the law director says will make it more convenient to pay claims, settlements and other legal costs. Law Director Don Rasmussen said he expects more...

City bills remain unpaid

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Findlay is not paying Hancock County for criminal and court-related services until contracts, which are still being negotiated, are signed. The city has not paid for legal representation for indigent defendants who are charged under municipal code, and...

Hite discusses small business tax break

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER Laws targeting crop nutrient use and teacher evaluation standards enacted this week were cited by 1st District Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, at the monthly Republican First Friday luncheon. Taxes were also a hot topic. “We just did another tax break...