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Local officials discuss floods, tornadoes
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM
Information submitted  VAN WERT — Local officials met with FEMA and Ohio EMA personnel on Tuesday at the Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency to discuss past weather-related disasters that have affected the county, its political sub-divisions and what future mitigation projects may help to alleviate future storm losses. According to Van Wert County EMA Director Rick McCoy, the County’s mitigation plan was just completed and sent to FEMA for review. It addressed some key points that needed reviewed, particularly when it comes to tornadoes and flooding, which affects the county practically every year. Discussion first centered around the St. Marys River and the Auglaize River, which is known for its flooding issues. Cathleen Miller, local Flood Plain Manager and representative of the County Engineers Office, stressed the flood plain maps of the county need to be updated by FEMA as the last maps were created in the middle 1970s. Dwight Sheets, Willshire Fire Chief, suggested the State Department of Transportation should develop an alternative route map for when state routes are flooded and closed. Tim Hamrick, Willshire Township Trustee, and Amos Stauffer, Willshire Mayor, suggested that FEMA work with Ohio and Indiana both in an attempt to get maintenance and log jams out of the St. Marys River at the same time. County Commissioner Thad Lichtensteiger stated that flooding issues have clearly increased over time particularly since a general rain shower years ago has now become more of an event where very little rain falls or an overly excessive amount falls causing more flooding events where ditches can’t handle so much water. Other communities present to discuss flooding issues included the City of Van Wert, the City of Delphos, the Village of Ohio City and Village of Middle Point. It was also noted that funding sources need to be found to pre-position sand bags in the county’s flooding areas. The second part of the meeting covered severe wind events and particularly tornadoes. Few shelters exist today because buildings are now locked compared to years past when there was no fear of locking doors for security reasons. The group suggested that our community continue to look for grant dollars to build community safe rooms and that individuals have a plan on where to go in the event of severe weather if they need to seek shelter. The discussion also covered outdoor warning sirens and the need to pursue grants to upgrade or add more sirens in our communities. FEMA will use a private contractor, who was also in attendance at the meeting, to prioritize all of the points addressed and put together a fact sheet of the county’s needs.

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VAN WERT — Local officials met with FEMA and Ohio EMA personnel on Tuesday at the Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency to discuss past weather-related disasters that have affected the county, its political sub-divisions and what future mitigation projects may help to alleviate future storm losses.

According to Van Wert County EMA Director Rick McCoy, the County’s mitigation plan was just completed and sent to FEMA for review. It addressed some key points that needed reviewed, particularly when it comes to tornadoes and flooding, which affects the county practically every year.

 
Residents thank trustees at township meeting
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

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MARION TOWNSHIP — The Marion Township Trustees held their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday with the following members present: Jerry Gilden, Joseph Youngpeter and Howard Violet.

The purpose of the meeting was to pay bills and conduct ongoing business. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as read. The trustees then reviewed the bills and gave approval for 12 checks totaling $6,610.78.

 
Lovina's Amish Kitchen — Amish wedding and Coblentz reunion highlight week
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

BY LOVINA EICHER

 

Such a lovely July morning. My wash and wringer machine is working again now, and it would be a great laundry day but we don’t have any hot water. A service man will come out this morning to look at our gas water heater. Hopefully after he gets it going there will still be time to do the laundry. Daughter Lovina, 10, said, “Mom why don’t you heat the water on the stove like Aunt Liz does?” We had just visited Liz in Berne, Ind., and Liz does not have indoor plumbing like we do. Lovina had noticed that when we were there and went to wash her hands at the sink, asking, “What happened to their faucets?” We had to laugh. Lovina was born here in Michigan and never knew how life was when we lived without indoor plumbing in Berne.

 
From the Archives — July 30, 2014
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 PM

One Year Ago

When the Sunday of Canal Days rolls around, a few big events are still in the works. Aside from the parade later in the day, the biggest remaining offering is the annual Canal Days Cheerleading Competition. Although this is Megan Mesker’s first year spearheading the competition, she’s familiar with the way things run, having helped out for a number of years.

 

 
Village addresses utilities for Niedecken subdivision
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Monday, July 28, 2014 8:25 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:43 PM )
Ottoville Village Council members recognized and thanked Tim Reiger who served as past president and past council member for 16 years. Reiger, left, accepts the award from Mayor Ron Miller Monday night at the council meeting. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

DHI Media Staff Writer

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OTTOVILLE —Council members discussed the implementation of sewer and water utilities with Larry Heitmeyer for the residential development of the Niedecken properties on Road P during Monday nights village council meeting.

Heitmeyer said people have expressed alot of interest in the properties and before he can offer the residential lots, he has to know when the utilities will be constructed by the village.

 

 
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