CLOSINGS & DELAYS
Stacey Myers Cook
Multimedia Video Journalist
Juergen Waldick at the Allen County Republican luncheon, asked for their support as he works toward his goal of winning the judgeship. Current 3rd district court Judge Stephen Shaw is restricted from running again because of his age and Waldick sees this as an opportunity to use his skills in a bigger court.
It’s a time that the ladies can shop, socialize, and celebrate the holiday season. It’s part of the Women in Business program the Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce offers. The group meets several times a year with different topics and speakers to support these women. The “Holiday Jollification” is lighthearted and popular with those attending.
Thursday, the health commissioner met with Allen County Commissioners about a shortfall in revenues they are anticipating in 2022. The Ohio Revised Code requires the department to base fees on the amount that we’re completed 2 years prior. That means 2022 is based on 2020 numbers. The year that they discontinued restaurant licensing inspections and the children medical handicapped service which could cause a $153,000 revenue loss combined. They are also asking for a one-time amount of $72,000 to replace their computer system.
Three organizations dedicating their time to stray and injured animals received donations from the Kiwanis Club. Deb's Dogs, A Lotta Love Pet Rescue, and the Allen County Humane Society all received monetary support that will be crucial to their missions. The Kiwanis Club handed out a total of 12 checks to area non-profits as part of their community outreach program.
Local health officials are urging people to take precautions to reduce the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Speaking at Sharetta Smith’s swearing-in ceremony he said he knew early on when she came in as his Chief of Staff four years ago that she had the leadership abilities to become mayor. Not only did she have the credentials but a leadership style that was effective.
Smith will be attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Newly Elected Mayors Training in Boston this week at Harvard. She, along with mayors across the country will be introduced to the challenges of governing, how to address those challenges along with the chance to network with other governing bodies. Then it’s back to Lima to get things started.
The city of Lima seeing its first new mayor in just over three decades and hundreds came out to see history being made. Mayor-Elect Sharetta Smith took her oath of office on Monday becoming Lima’s 59th mayor in the city of Lima’s 190 years history. And with that, she is also making history not once, but twice becoming the city’s first African American mayor and its first female holding the seat.
Dinner Director Jonathan Burkey adds, “We are overwhelmed with the outpouring and generosity of people both in donations and also in their time. We have 250 volunteers that are going to be here.”
Health Commissioner Brandon Fischer says, “We have 70 to 80 new cases per day coming into Allen County. Twenty seven percent of people who are getting tested for COVID are testing positive. So, we are seeing a very high rate of spread. Our hospitalizations are way up as well. In the past 2and a half weeks we went from just under 60 to over 100 people in the hospitals locally. So. our hospital numbers are very similar to back in December of last year.”