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There was a full audience in attendance to witness the second of three debates between the two women. The atmosphere was a bit different from last week's debate wit more tension between the candidates, and more reactions from the crowd. There were a variety of topics like diversity and inclusion for city workers, how they will handle crime in the city, and the local school systems. It was a chance for each of them to show how their administration would help improve the city.
A special committee of the Ohio Supreme Court has released a preliminary decision that Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh be suspended from his post effective immediately as legal proceedings continue. The announcement was passed on August 30th, 2021. On Monday, Wapakoneta City Council announced the committee's decision and the suspension of Stinebaugh. City Council President Steve Henderson will now be acting mayor in his place.
Before the primary election, Alice Donahue and Bart Mills filed a civil lawsuit against mayoral candidate Elizabeth Hardesty and the Allen County Board of Elections saying the board abused their power when they voted to uphold her residency, in turn allowing her to run for mayor. Donahue and Mills contend that Hardesty was living in Texas until October of 2020. But Hardesty has always said that Lima was her home and just worked outside of Ohio.
Wednesday afternoon, visiting Judge James Brogan ruled in favor of Hardesty saying the complainants didn't prove she was not a resident according to the Lima City Charter. The judge’s ruling could be appealed to a higher court if the complainants wish to do so. Before the primary election, Alice Donahue and Bart Mills filed a civil lawsuit against Hardesty and the Allen County Board of Elections saying the board abused their power when they voted to uphold her residency, in turn allowing her to run for mayor.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Wapakoneta #1126 have been given the approval from the city to construct a Gold Star Family Memorial in the lot where the old Koneta Hotel once was.
Autumn Swanson stood outside of a vacant home on West Wayne Street to speak about the problems in Lima with housing. Swanson discussed how vacant homes drive down property values for nearby property owners. Vacant homes bring crime to areas as well as they are targets for theft or a place to stay and increases fire risk. Swanson believes her experience as a neighborhood specialist will help her tackle this issue if she were to become mayor.
March 19th will now be known as West Ohio Food Bank and Ohio National Guard day in Lima. According to the proclamation, the food bank and national guard were able to distribute over 14 million pounds of food in the past year, more than doubling their normal yearly average. March 23rd will make it exactly a year since the guard arrived to help at the food banks.
Dashcam video illustrates what transpired Sunday morning when a Lima mayoral candidate was arrested. Autumn Swanson was arrested last Sunday morning on charge of operating a vehicle impaired and reasonable control.
Plans to bring a mobile clinic to the area were already in place, but the pandemic has increased the need for one in the area. They are hoping to distribute additional COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at the clinic. Leaders from Findlay and Hancock County have been working with local donors to eventually purchase a mobile health clinic, but now they are turning to the City of Findlay for extra funds to speed up the process.
Another name has been added to the ballot for the race for Lima mayor. Autumn Swanson announced her candidacy for Lima Mayor on Tuesday.