Archives for February 2013

OPERATION STREET SMART

A street smart training class, hosted by the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, is being offered to area law enforcement officers, teachers and mental health officials.
CCNO board members were informed during Wednesday’s board meeting that “Operation: Street Smart” will be held March 12 at Northwest State Community College. The event is being provided free of charge and instructed by narcotics officers and members of Franklin County Sheriff’s office and Franklin County Commissioners.
The program for the 100 plus registered is designed to educate them about current drug trends, terminology and paraphernalia as well as recognize the influences of the drug culture on children.

CCNO EMPLOYEES HONORED

Two employees received special recognition during the Feb. 27 meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio.
Joel Stevens of Bryan was named the CCNO Employee of the Year for 2012 as was announced during the meeting. Joel has been employed as a maintenance worker at CCNO since June 1, 1999. He and his wife, Melissa who is also employed at CCNO, have three grown children.
Joel was nominated for the honor for his hard work in helping make the facility a safe and more secure environment for staff. It was noted that Joel took on the task of formulating a cost-effective plan for installing cameras within the facility. Despite budget cuts, Joel continued to research new technology and helped implement the installation of cameras throughout the facility.
Michael Chadwick was named the Top Contract Employee for 2012. Mike has been a
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) at CCNO since 2006. He is a contract employee with Correctional Healthcare Companies that provides medical services to CCNO. Mike and his wife, Marsha, make their home in Liberty Center.
Mike was recognized not only for his services at CCNO but also for using his personal time to serve on the ADAMS board. He was recently appointed to serve as a public health officer four the four-county area of Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties. This position allows him to assess offenders at CCNO for emergency admission to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital which is beneficial to the facility, saving time and money as well as addressing the needs of mentally ill offenders.

TURNPIKE TOLL REVENUE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

Williams County Commissioner Brian Davis along with 49 other commissioners from Ohio’s northern counties met in Columbus Tuesday during a Finance Committee review of Ohio House Bill 51.
If HB 51 is approved by the legislature, the Governor’s plan to generate $1.5 billion for state infrastructure projects by using Turnpike toll revenue as collateral for bonds will go into affect in July.
Loraine County Commissioner Ted Kalo said the governor committed to spend 90 percent of all bond proceeds on infrastructure projects north of U.S. 30, but the bill as written offers no guarantee that will happen.
Commissioner Davis told The Bryan Times Wednesday afternoon that he disagrees with that.
Davis told the Times that a legally-binding mandate to invest 90 percent of future bond revenue north of U.S. 30 would strip the Turnpike Commission of its autonomy. He said that would mean the state would not own the road, but it would own the road’s money. It would control toll rates regardless of market value and control where the money from tolls collected would be used, regardless of commitments to bond holders.
Davis says that’s not legal as he sees it.

FORMER TEACHER TESTIFIES

Two High School graduates and a former teacher testified Tuesday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court that the school district’s former coach and technology coordinator had inappropriate sexual contact with them.
42 year old Jeremy Stober is charged with a list of offenses.
Jurors heard from a former High School Spanish teacher… Jenna Missler, who testified that she began exchanging work-related instant messages with Stober when she was a second-year teacher in the fall of 2007. Missler said the messages from Stober quickly became personal and often he would make comments about her appearance.

AUTO INSURANCE CHANGES

Auto insurance rates are going up in Ohio.
Ohio is raising the minimally-acceptable liability coverage for drivers for the first time in 44 years.
Currently, Ohio drivers are required to carry insurance coverage that will pay up to $12,500 per person for bodily injury, up to $25,000 total per accident and at least $7,500 for property damage.
The new requirements double the injury liability.
Drivers will be required by law to carry at least $25,000 per person for injury and up to $50,000 per accident, and more than triple the property damage requirement up to $25,000.
The bill takes effect March 22, with a nine-month grace period before rates will be raised automatically.

QUADCO MOVES

Quadco’s Defiance center has moved.
The new location gives Quadco an expanded area for all activities.
Quadco’s administrative and non-profit boards were formally told at their regular joint meeting on Tuesday that the Defiance center has moved to 717 Perry St. from its former East Second Street location.

BLOOD DRIVE WEDNESDAY

You have a chance to give the gift of life this week.
The Defiance County Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive tomorrow from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the gymnasium at Defiance High School.
Donors will be entered in a drawing for two VIP tickets to the NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Midwest Regional games in Indianapolis. Also included in the drawing are a motel room and a $250 VISA gift card.
You can even schedule an appointment to donate so you don’t have to wait. To schedule your appointment, call 800-733-2767.

OAKWOOD AND COUNTY TO JOIN ON SEWER PROJECT

The Oakwood Mobile Home Park north of Bryan, may get a $68,350 grant to improve its sanitary sewage system.
Williams County Commissioners approved a Community Development Block Grant application on Monday morning that will cover about half of the estimated $136,000 cost to connect the park to the county’s sewage system.
According to the Bryan Times, the application also depends on an easement, granting the county a permanent right-of-way to install and maintain the new connection.

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN WINDING UP SUCCESSFUL RUN

The United Way of Williams County’s campaign is entering its final few weeks as it looks for pledges and donations to push the grand total over the top.
Local United Way officials recently told The Bryan Times that the campaign has raised over $303 Thousand Dollars in cash and pledges. They say that’s 91.1 percent of the $333,0000 goal.
The money raised will aid local agencies and organizations in Williams County.

NEW MONTPELIER CHIEF NAMED

A familiar face is now going to head up a local police department.
The Bryan Times reports that Lieutenant Dan McGee was chosen at last night’s MONTPELIER village council meeting to be the village’s new Police Chief. McGee is a 14 year veteran of the force.
Council members met with several members of the police department in executive session for about an hour before they announced their decision. McGee’s term is effective immediately.