CLOSINGS & DELAYS
Hello! My name is Cameron Saliga, from Middlefield, Ohio, a short distance from Cleveland. I recently graduated from Ohio University in May of 2019 with my Bachelors of Science in Meteorology.
Council met to approve of the motion to file with the Board of Elections to increase the income tax in Cridersville by a half of a percent, which will appear on the May 4th ballot. The increase in taxes comes as the village has seen a decline in the General Fund tax income by more than $800,000 with the elimination of the Ohio Inheritance Tax in 2015.
Lima Memorial began their vaccinations on Tuesday for the people that fell under the Phase 1B requirements at the Lima Memorial Medical Park. The medical center saw people flow through all throughout the day and said that the process has gone smoothly as of so far.
Council met to approve CARES funding that would use the money for PPE, IT, consulting fees, quarantine pay, administrative leave, and wages and labor charges for sanitizing the pool and stadium. The resolution however did not pass because there were not enough council members present to suspend the rules to declare it an emergency.
On Monday, the Wapakoneta YMCA began what they are calling their Lazy Man Triathlon. The program will span over 31 days where people will have that time frame to complete an ironman triathlon, which is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles of biking, and 26.2 miles of running or walking. The cost to join the program is $30 for a member and $50 for a non-member. The program is meant for people who cannot complete the full triathlon at once, as well as to help keep people healthy.
The Ohio Fair Managers Association has announced that the late Jay Begg has been inducted into the class of 2021 Hall of Fame. Begg started his career as a 4-H member exhibiting dairy cattle at the Putnam County Fair. He would go on to become a 4-H advisor and started the Rockport Ag 4-H club. He would go on to become the Allen County Fair manager in 1995 where he served until 2012 when he decided to run for Allen County Commissioner.
Patrolmen Nicholas Rayoum and Derrick Barginere were honored with the Life Savings Award at the Cridersville Village Council meeting for their actions taken on December 29th. On that day, they responded to a crash. When they arrived they found an SUV on fire where they removed a passenger while the car was on fire. Police Chief Paul Robbins explained to us about the heroic efforts of the two officers.
The Apollo Educational Foundation met for a regularly scheduled meeting. During that meeting, they honored Ohio Means Jobs by unveiling a plaque with their logo that will be going on the Partners for a Skilled Workforce Wall. They wanted to honor the organization for the longstanding relationship with the two organizations. Joe Patton, the director of Ohio Means Jobs Allen County explained their partnership and is excited to continue that partnership.
First responders were called out to the scene of an accident at around 3 p.m. on Diller Road. According to scanner traffic the crash was a head on collision. According to the American Township Fire Department, two people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries.
The fairgrounds put on a drive-thru light show this holiday season that came to an end on Sunday. Promotions and Operations Manager Chad Hughes of the fairgrounds said that over 8,000 cars drove through the light display over the past 2 months. Some of the profits will help out the Junior Fair Board, as well as supporting the Lima Symphony. We asked Hughes what his favorite part of Bright Nights.