A sexual assault complaint was received by Kenton police Monday afternoon.
According to the report, a woman said she was sexually assaulted by a named suspect.
The incident is under investigation.
A burglary was reported to police on Monday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a suspect entered a home in the 600 block of West Lima Street and stole a large quantity of prescription medicine.
The theft is under investigation.
A vandalism was reported Monday evening.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, a Lima man stated his van was vandalized by a named suspect while parked at a residence in Kenton.
The incident occurred in the 800 block of South Main Street.
The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building.
During comments, the council learned from Fire Chief Tim Clark that one of the city’s firefighters has taken a position with Columbus Fire, leaving the department one person short for staffing. Chief Clark said that the list of applicants is nearly depleted. As a result, the city will be offering a civil service exam on Wednesday, August 9, at 1:00 pm. Applications for the exam need to be submitted by Friday, July 14. Councilman Michael White said during his report for the BKP Board that they are working with the fire department on alleviating staffing shortages until a new firefighter can be hired.
The council also heard one piece of legislation under old business and six pieces of legislation under new business. Five of the pieces of legislation under new business were voted to bypass the three-reading rule. Four of the five pieces passed unanimously; one piece, an ordinance to change the zoning of the property at 825 East Columbus Street from an R-1 (one and two family residence district) to a B-1 (neighborhood business district), received an abstain vote from council members Antwilla Davis and Pegg Wren. That piece of legislation passed 5-0. The ordinance in old business, vacating the alley between (I) inlot number 4 and inlot numbers 2 and 3 of James Ewing’s second addition to the city, and (II) inlot number 46 and inlot number 47 of Ewing’s third addition to the city, went to third reading in two weeks. One ordinance in new business, an ordinance vacating the alley between inlot number 14 of Adam Schneider’s addition and inlot number 90 of A. Letson’s third addition, went to second reading in two weeks.
During committee reports, the council heard from:
Finance: the Finance Committee will meet on Monday, July 10 at 3:30 pm in council chambers.
Cemetery: the Cemetery Board will meet on Monday, July 3 at 7:00 pm.
During comments, the council heard from Safety Service Director Jim Hites, who expressed sympathy from the city for the death of Richard Purcell. Mayor Randy Manns seconded Hites’ comments, saying that Richard did a “super job” and noting “it’s amazing what he’s done.” Hites said that Bob Lawrence will be taking over at the quarry. Fire Chief Tim Clark spoke about the grants that the department had received. Bob Wilson wrote a grant to the Hardin Community Foundation and received $750 for dive equipment. Captain Tony Hastings wrote and received a $10,000 grant for new helmets, boots, and other necessities for the firefighters. Clark said that the helmets are only good for 12 years, and the current helmets are 11 years old, so the grant is coming at a crucial time.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm in council chambers.
The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance will be hosting a Grand Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Table One Community Garden.
Alliance Members and all those interested are invited to come celebrate the construction of a new community garden.
It is scheduled for 9am Thursday July 13 at 717 South Wayne Street in Kenton.
Another blood drive is scheduled in Hardin County tomorrow.
The bloodmobile will operate from 2 until 7 Wednesday afternoon at the McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182 located at 204 West Lima Street in Forest.
In addition, a blood drive will be held Monday July 3 from noon until 6 at the Kenton Moose Lodge.
Walk-ins are welcome at both blood drives.
The Pleasant Township Board of Trustees has contracted with Bluffton Paving to resurface roads in the Myers and Root Additions.
According to a release, the milling process, which is when grinding the surface is done to prepare for resurfacing, could start as soon as tomorrow. Paving could begin Saturday July 1, weather permitting.
Root Addition will follow, but the dates are still uncertain.
A Kenton man is facing charges following a call to the 800 block of Morningside Drive early Sunday morning.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to investigate a physical domestic violence incident.
26 year old Tyson Kelly was charged with one count of domestic violence.
State Route 31 closure between township Road 265 and state Route 273 has been delayed until late summer. Work will begin once a project on state Route 195 south of McGuffey has been completed.
Once under way, the project will close the route for 60 days for bridge repair at two locations: one over Painter Creek just south of township Road 206, the second over Wolf Creek north of township Road 265. Traffic detoured onto state Route 292 and state Route 273 back to state Route 31. Work is being performed by Crossroads Construction, Cambridge. (See detour map 1, map 2)
State Route 195 over Cottonwood Ditch, south of McGuffey, between the north and south jog of Cottonwood Road, closed June 5 for 60 days for bridge repair. Traffic detoured onto county Road 110, state Route 235 and state Route 309 back to state Route 195 Work is being performed by Crossroads Construction, Cambridge. (See detour map)
Drainage tile repairs
State Route 81 at township Road 55, east of Ada, will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for drainage tile repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hardin County maintenance garage.
U.S. 30 westbound, just east of state Route 309, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge deck repair one day of the week, likely Monday, June 26, weather permitting. Work is being performed by ODOT roadway services.
Pavement repairs will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone at the following locations. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage:
State Route 309 eastbound near the Hardin County line
State Route 81, both eastbound and westbound, from Dutch Hollow Road to the Van Wert County line.
Interstate 75 southbound, south of Bluffton, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair and sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.
U.S. 30 eastbound, east of Delphos near the Auglaize River bridge, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.
Interstate 75, and also Bentley Road and Napoleon Road will be affected during bridge deck replacements on Napoleon Road over Interstate 75, Beaverdam, and Bentley Road over Interstate 75, Bluffton. The following are upcoming impacts related to the project:
Napoleon Road bridge over I-75 closed May 22 for approximately four months.
Traffic detoured onto Sugar Creek Road, Swaney Road and Lincoln Highway (state Route 696) back to Napoleon Road.
The northbound exit ramp from Interstate 75 to Napoleon Road closed May 30 for four months.
Traffic detoured north on Interstate 75, east on Lincoln Highway (state Route 696), south on Swaney Road and west on Sugar Creek Road back to Napoleon Road; or west onto Lincoln Highway (state Route 696) back to S. West Street in Beaverdam.
The entrance ramp to Interstate 75 southbound from Napoleon Road will remain open.
Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 75 wishing to access state Route 696 are advised to do so via exit 135 (state Route 696/U.S. 30) at Beaverdam. No access to state Route 696 from Interstate 75 northbound at the Napoleon Road exit will be available.
Bentley Road (exit 140)
Two bridges on Bentley Road at exit 140 (one over Interstate 75 and one over the railroad north of Interstate 75) closed June 5 for approximately four months.
Both the southbound entrance and exit ramps at Bentley Road also closed on June 5 for four months.
Interstate 75 northbound traffic will be detoured to the state Route 103 (exit 142) interchange back to Bentley Road.
Interstate 75 southbound traffic is advised to access Bentley Road via the state Route 103 interchange (exit 142) and follow state Route 103 through Bluffton back to Bentley Road.
The northbound ramps at the interchange remain open; however, left turns onto Bentley Road from northbound Interstate 75 are not permitted. (See detour map)
Interstate 75 both northbound and southbound will be periodically reduced to one lane at times beneath both the Napoleon Road and Bentley Road bridge structures during certain operations related to construction.
Lane closures will occur sporadically and are expected to occur mostly during daytime hours but some nighttime closures may occur.
Resurfacing of the following routes within the city of Findlay will restrict traffic to one lane through the work zone. Work is being performed by M&B Asphalt, Old Fort.
U.S. 224 from Broad Street to Main Street
State Route 12 from Interstate 75 to Main Street (section between Western Avenue and Glessner Street closed during daytime hours for a project administered by the city of Findlay)
State Route 37 from Lincoln Avenue to Blanchard Avenue
State Route 568 from Main Street to Beech Avenue
U.S. 224 just west of state Route 235, west of Findlay, is scheduled to close July 17 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 224, state Route 235, state Route 12 and state Route 65 back to U.S. 224. Work is being performed by BCC Ohio, New London.
The following locations will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage:
U.S. 224 from the Putnam County line to state Route 235
State Route 235 from county Road 86 north of Benton Ridge to McComb
State Route 568 from Findlay to the Seneca County line
Interstate 75 at the following locations will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for bridge maintenance. Work is being performed by ODOT roadway services:
Near state Route 698, northbound (mile marker 152)
South of Findlay near county Road 9 (mile marker 154, both northbound and southbound
U.S. 68 southbound exit ramp to U.S. 68 southbound over Eagle Creek at state Route 15, south of Findlay, closed May 15 for approximately two months for bridge repair. Traffic detoured onto state Route 15 eastbound to the state Route 37 interchange to state Route 15 westbound back to U.S. 68. Work is being performed by Global Outdoor Solutions, Cleveland. (See detour map)
State Route 12/state Route 235 overlap between state Route 235 and township Road 57, west of Benton Ridge over Moffitt Ditch, closed April 17 for approximately 60 days for repair of a bridge deck. Traffic on state Route 12 detoured onto state Route 235, Interstate 75 northbound back to state Route 12. State Route 235 traffic detoured onto Interstate 75 northbound to state Route 12 back to state Route 235. Work is being performed by Global Outdoor Solutions, Cleveland. (See detour map)
Cable barrier installation
U.S. 68 from the Findlay airport to Eagle Creek, south of Findlay, will have daily lane closures in both directions beginning early August for installation of cable barrier in the median. Once work begins it is expected to be completed in approximately eight weeks. Work is being performed by Lake Erie Construction, Norwalk.
U.S. 30, both directions, from the Hancock County line to near county Highway 330, west of Upper Sandusky, will be restricted at various locations for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the ODOT Wyandot County maintenance garage.
State Route 53 between Upper Sandusky and state Route 37, Forest, is restricted to one lane through the work zone for resurfacing. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction Co., Columbus.
Bridge replacements and removals
U.S. 23 and state Route 15 near their interchange with state Route 103, south of Carey, reduced to one lane in each direction for work related to the removal of two bridge structures over abandoned railroads. Work is being performed by Miller Brothers Construction Inc., Archbold. The following are upcoming traffic impacts related to the project:
All traffic has been shifted to the east side of the road and is reduced to one lane in each direction between county Highway 97 and county Highway 95 for the removal of structures on the U.S. 23 southbound, state Route 15 eastbound lanes. Traffic will remain in this pattern for approximately two months. All ramps at state Route 103 will remain open during this phase.
The project also includes the upcoming resurfacing of U.S. 23 from just north of county Highway 97 to the state Route 103 interchange and of the ramps at state Route 103.
State Route 53 between state Route 103 and county Road 2, McCutchenville, closed April 24 for approximately six months for bridge replacements over Thorn Run and Tymochtee Creek. Traffic detoured onto state Route 103, state Route 231 and U.S. 224 back to state Route 53. Work is being performed by R & I Construction, Tiffin.
There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon at the intersection of East Franklin Street and Jacob Parrott Boulevard.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle driven by 62 year old James Wells, of Kenton, turned from from Franklin Street onto Jacob Parrott and struck a car that was stopped for a stop sign. It was being operated by 26 year old Charles Bethel, of Kenton.
Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles involved. No citations were listed on the report.
An Alger woman is facing charges following a routine traffic stop Friday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car for a traffic violation in the 400 block of East Franklin Street.
The K9 unit was dispatched to conduct a sniff of the car, and the dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs.
A passenger, identified as Kellie M. Cramer was allegedly in possession of what appeared to be cocaine. She was arrested, and charges are pending.
A theft was reported Friday at Henry's Restaurant.
The Kenton Police Department reported listed a suspect, who allegedly stole money from the business.
So far no charges have been filed.
Three people have been charged following a fight Friday evening.
According to that report from the Kenton Police department, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Detroit Street to investigate the incident.
As a result of the investigation, Jeremy Pack, Miranda Hoyt and Larry Baker, all of Kenton, were each charged with assault and are scheduled to appear in Hardin County Municipal Court June 29.
Downtown Kenton is the scene this evening for Eats on the Street, the annual food truck festival.
The event will go from 5 until 10 tonight in the Downtown Courthouse District.
14 plus food trucks will offer great food, plus there will be a classic car show and lots of entertainment. The Chairs of Hope auction is also taking place this evening with the proceeds going to Not By Choice Outreach. The chairs were painted by Kudo Studios and have been on display around the square for the past couple of weeks.
Listen for live reports from the event starting at 5 this evening on WKTN.
Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey’s Office:
.Vanessa D. Gilroy was sentenced to just under 4 years in prison on one count each of burglary and theft of drugs
.Billy J. Howard was sentenced to 18 months in prison on two counts of burglary.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
A Kenton man was arrested on a warrant Thursday afternoon.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, an officer on patrol noticed several parole officers at a residence in the 800 block of King Street. The officer stopped to assist, and the resident, identified as 20 year old Jacob Klingler, was taken into custody without incident.
He was transported to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.
A theft of building materials was reported to police on Thursday in the 200 block of Gilmore Street.
According to the report, a witness observed a man walk into a yard and pick up an item which he placed in a green truck and drove off.
The witness was able to get pictures of the vehicle, and a suspect was listed on the report, but so far no charges have been filed.
The artist who is scheduled to perform at the 2017 Hardin County Fair in September doubles as a movie star.
Lauren Alaina stars in a movie called "Road Less Traveled" which can be streamed on Amazon.
She plays Charlotte, a country music singer who moves back home to Tennessee a week before she is set to get married, but she runs into her high school sweetheart, which complicates the relationship.
Alaina is scheduled to perform at the Hardin County Fair Saturday September 9.
A recent study reveals a link between cancer and obesity.
Chuck Reed, from the American Cancer Society said what makes that most disturbing is most people are unaware of the link. Plus he said most people don’t realize how better lifestyle choices can greatly decrease their chance of getting cancer.
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturdayw morning at 7:35 on WKTN.
A car was vandalized in Kenton Wednesday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the car was parked at a residence in the 700 block of Gilmore Street at the time. The vehicle’s windshield and passenger side window were broken by an unknown suspect.
The damage was listed at $600.
Fire damaged a car in Upper Sandusky Wednesday.
According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, the car was parked at a residence on Fifth Street.
The Upper Sandusky Fire Department extinguished the fire prior to officers arriving.
The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education and Construction Committee met Wednesday evening for a special Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) meeting to interview and evaluate three construction firms for a potential career center improvement project.
Elford Incorporated of Columbus, Thomas and Marker of Bellefontaine, and Shook-Touchstone of Lima, the top three qualified firms, each were given 40 minutes to explain their detailed construction management processes, experience, and capabilities to complete the particular project. The CMAR provides the professional project services and is a consultant throughout the construction phases.
While providing some of the construction, the CMAR is primarily responsible for managing construction costs, design developments, and ensuring the plans and specifications are fulfilled. Each interview was followed by a 20-minute question and answer segment.
The board discussed the competencies of each firm and their evaluation details as well as local opinion research initiatives that will be used to measure the public interest in the construction project.
Kenton, OH – Today, the Jon Cross for State Representative campaign committee announced its county campaign chairs for Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties, as the campaign expands its leadership team.
"I am excited to welcome aboard these highly respected community members with careers in agriculture, business, law, manufacturing, real estate, restaurant and local government, as well as active Republicans within their respective county party,” said Jon Cross. “I appreciate their endorsement of my values, actions and leadership abilities as the best candidate to represent the 83rd district, and I look forward to their support in building a winning campaign for the Republican primary in 2018.”
Hancock County Chairs are Cheryl Blakely and Edward Ingold.
Cheryl Blakely of Findlay, Ohio, was the Hancock County campaign chair for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. She is the president of the Hancock County Right to Life organization and elected to the Hancock County Republican Central Committee. Edward Ingold of Findlay, Ohio is a business executive and former Hancock County Commissioner serving from 2000-2008. He serves as vice president of the Hancock County Park District-Board of Park Commissioners and elected to the board of trustees of the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative.
Hardin County Chairs are Charles VanDyne and Rosalie Elliott.
Charles VanDyne of Alger, Ohio is a practicing attorney in Ada, Ohio and a former chairman of the Hardin County Republican Party. He was elected to the Hardin County Republican Party Central Committee and serves on its executive committee. Rosalie Elliott of Mt. Victory, Ohio is involved with the family business, which includes the Plaza Inn Restaurant and Elliott Farms. She is the wife of the late Edward Elliott II, a recent Hardin County Commissioner, farmer and businessman.
Logan County Chairs are Doug & Libby Zimmerman and Mark & Joan Haushalter.
Doug & Libby Zimmerman of Bellefontaine, Ohio are real estate brokers/owners of Zimmerman Realty. Mark & Joan Haushalter are from Bellefontaine as well, where Mark is Vice President of Robinson Fin Machines, a family manufacturing facility in Kenton, Ohio and Joan is an attorney. Both Doug & Libby and Mark & Joan have been actively involved in their community by serving on a number of community service organizations. Some included the United Way, Mary Rutan Hospital Board, the Bellefontaine City Planning Commission, the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce, Bellefontaine City Schools Board of Education and the Green Hills Community Board of Trustees.
Cross announced his official campaign in March of 2017 and since then has grown his campaign committee to over 80 members from various communities throughout the 83rd district. For more information about the candidate, committee and campaign, please visit www.votejoncross.com.
The Bellefontaine Police Department is asking for help locating two missing teenagers from Bellefontaine.
According to the Police Department's Facebook page:
The first person is 16 year old Cayde Neeley, white male, 5 feet 8 inches weight, 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
The second person is 17 year old Emily Goodwin, white female. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has blond hair with brown eyes.
Anyone with information on where these two missing persons may be, please call Det. Salyer or Det. Kenner at the Bellefontaine Police department 937-599-1010.
A Marion woman was killed and two children were injured in a crash that occurred early this morning in Marion County.
According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 31 year old Kathryn M. Margraff lost control of her car while driving south on Pole Road. Margraff overcorrected, and the car travelled off the left side of the road and overturned coming to rest on its top. Margraff, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
8 year old passenger Cohen Oden was transported to Children’s Hospital in Columbus by MedFlight Helicopter. Another passenger, 2 year old Izabella Oden, was taken to Marion General Hospital. Both suffered non life threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
A Dunkirk man is facing several charges following a three vehicle crash in Kenton late Tuesday morning.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, the crash occurred on East Columbus Street at North Wayne Street.
A driver of one of the vehicles, identified as Seth Elling, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle intoxicated, failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead and possession of drug paraphernalia.
There were no injuries in the crash.
A theft from Hardin Memorial Hospital was reported to Kenton police on Tuesday.
According to the report, hospital officials said they are preparing for their annual raffle, and items to be raffled off are on display in the cafeteria, and they discovered that four tickets to COSI valued at $130 were missing.
The surveillance camera captured a male suspect picking up the tickets and placing them in his pocket before leaving the hospital.
The suspect was identified by police as Howard Gettings, who was issued a summons for theft.
The tickets were returned to the hospital.
A burglary complaint was received on Tuesday.
According to that Kenton Police Department report, a resident in the 700 block of Robinson Avenue reported that she discovered her home had been forcibly entered and several items were missing.
A suspect was listed, but so far no charges have been filed.
A fireworks display is planned in Arlington this Friday night.
WFIN Radio reported that the Arlington Festival food committee is sponsoring an open house at the village park shelter house from 7 to 9 Friday evening.
Food, including hot dogs, root beer floats and popcorn will be served. The evening will be capped off by the fireworks display put on by the Arlington Fire Department.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Arlington Festival which is scheduled for August 11 ad 12.
Unemployment rates for May were released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
By County in our region:
.Hardin County was at 4.3%
.Hancock County 3.2%
.Logan County 3.7%
.Wyandot County 3.2%.
A Findlay man is the victim of a stabbing at his apartment in Findlay Tuesday morning.
The Findlay Courier reported that the victim suffered injuries to his chest and forearm. He was treated and released at Blanchard Valley Hospital.
The suspect is identified as 29 year old Gabriel Underwood, the victim's brother. He was arrested and is facing charges of felonious assault and domestic violence.
A new full time police officer for the Russells Point Police Department was sworn in this week.
WPKO Radio reported that Officer Logan Miller from Lima began training with Chief Joe Freyhof this week. .
The position was necessitated by the departure of one officer and another electing to go from full-time to part-time.
The Lima news reports that the Hancock County Sheriff's office is investigating two deaths discovered north of Ada.
The paper reports that two bodies were found just north of route 30 North of Ada at a residence on Hancock County Road 56. The female is identified as 18 year old Marie Beach, and the Male has yet to be identified. The bodies were taken to Lucas County for autopsies. Officials don’t believe the crime was a violent act, according to the paper. The deaths remain under investigation.
The Superintendent of Indian Lake Schools was arrested on sex charges yesterday.
WPKO radio reports that 52 year old Pat O’Donnell has been charged with a third-degree felony of gross sexual imposition.
The victim, a 13 year old girl who is not an Indian Lake Student, resides in Logan County
The alleged incidents are reported to take place from 2013 up until last month in O’Donell’s home in Lewistown.
O’Donnell, who has been superintendent of the district since 2010, has been placed on paid leave as he is being housed in the Logan County Jail. The Logan County Prosecutor is considering additional charges as the incident remains under investigation.
A vandalism complaint was received by Kenton Police Monday afternoon around 2:30.
According to the report, a woman stated her car was vandalized while parked in the parking lot on Detroit Street in downtown Kenton.
Two tires on the car were flattened and the driver’s side window was broken out.
The incident is under investigation.
A woman reported fraudulent activity was attempted on her bank account.
Four checks on her account through a Kenton bank were attempted to be passed at a bank in Texas. The total amount of the checks was listed at over $5000.
The bank in Texas rejected the checks.
The incident remains under investigation.
A shoplifting occurred at Shoe Sensation in Kenton.
According to that report, employees of the store reported that two women stolen two pairs of shoes from the business on Monday.
The total value of the shoes was listed at $128.00.
A Cairo, Ohio man was injured in a crash that occurred Monday afternoon in Allen County.
According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 41 year old Richard L. Hager was driving west on Lincoln Highway when a semi being operated by 45 year old Steven L. Love, of Indiana, pulled from Stewart Road after failing to stop for a stop sign. The resulting collision sent both drivers to St. Rita's Medical Center where Love was treated and released. Hager, who had to be mechanically extracted from his vehicle, is listed in critical condition.
The crash remains under investigation.
A Marion driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday on U.S. 23 in Wyandot County.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, 18 year old Amelia Poorman lost control of her vehicle on the wet pavement while driving south on 23.
The car struck the north side guardrail then travelled across both lanes of traffic where it struck the south guardrail before coming to rest.
The car was heavily damaged.
The Kenton City Schools Board of Education held their June meeting last night. The board to light action on pertaining to the approval of financial reports and the transfer of funds, approval of employee contracts, resignations, substitutes, field trips, policies, and hiree’s.
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that there are still open job positions. Interested applicants should visit the district's website (kentoncityschools.org).
The board also thanked Patricia Davison for her 41 years of service to the district. Davison will be retiring from the district in August.
The board approved extended service time contracts for the following employees during the 2017-2018 school year:
Brent Fackler - CBI Coordinator
Cheryl Hiller - Vocational Home Ec
Amy Kohl - High School Guidance Counselor
Jennifer Rogers - High School Guidance Counselor
Susie Thrush - Elementary School Guidance Counselor
Jessica Parsley - Social Worker
The board approved the following Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2017-2018 school year:
Jodi Cole Needles - Elementary Library Supervisor
Ashley Anderson - KHS Student Council/BRAVO
Beth Harshfield - KHS National Honor Society
Deb Bartlett - KHS Yearbook
Joe Funkhouser - KHS Robotics
Rick Hudgel - KHS Musical
Todd Daquino - KHS Asst. Musical
Melody Norris - Dual Enrollment
Anne Eley - Dual Enrollment
Teresa Harris - Dual Enrollment
Rick Hudgel - Dual Enrollment
Christina Cross - Dual Enrollment
Zach Turner - Senior Class Advisor
Leslie Cochensparger - Junior Class Advisor
Kevin Kapanka - Sophomore Class Advisor
Colby Rush - Freshman Class Advisor
Todd Daquino - KHS Top Twenty
Travis Wissman - KHS Band Director
Tomi Cheney - Flag Corp. Advisor
Ellen Sheldon - Elementary Vocal Music
Tim Davis - Elementary Vocal Music
Amy Long - Junior National Honor Society
Ryan Miller - AV Supervisor
Ryan Miller - Student Government
Jamie Bartlett - KMS Yearbook
Jared Manns - KMS Robotics
Chris Becker - KMS Robotics
The board also approved Non-Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2017-2018 school year:
Ashlee Dawson - Majorette Advisor
Kuert Lautenschlager - 7th Grade Football coach
Emily Schaub - KHS Swim coach
Robin Hughes - KHS Quiz Bowl
Robin Hughes - KMS Quiz Bowl
Sue Buroker - KMS Dimensions
In other contractual business, the board Approved the resignation of Jennifer Ewing, 3rd grade team lead; Approved substitute educational assistant, Carrie Aurand, Approved the salary adjustments for John Downing, Zach Turner, Luke Abbott, Morgan Rogers; and Approved the transfer of Kelli Reese from Cafeteria I to KES Educational Assistant.
The following were approved for hiring:
Jessica Stephens, KES 6th grade Math teacher,
Regina Comstock, Cafeteria Supervisor
Alyssa Goldsmith, KES 3rd grade teacher
Carlie Roby, KMS KOLA Educational Assistant
R. Jordan Gibson, Assistant Band Director/Instrumental Music/General Music
Approve Captain Mark Federle, KHS JROTC Instructor
Cathy Lawrence, transportation summer help
The following Employee Supplemental contracts were approved
R. Jordan Gibson - Assistant Band Director
R. Jordan Gibson - Pep Band
The board also conducted the following miscellaneous business:
Approved the resolution authorizing continued membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association The OHSSA policy every year
Approved the contract between Kenton City Schools and Madison-Champaign ESC for ED services
Approved field trips for the next school year:
6th grade Camp Willson
7th grade Heartland Outdoor Environmental Education School
Approved the student handbooks.
Approved to revise the Gifted Education and Identification policy:
Approved standards based report cards for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Approved the transfer funds within accounts.
The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on July 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
One person died is a weekend motorcycle crash in Marion County.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that 60 year old Cheryl Hollinger, of Powell, Ohio, was a passenger on the motorcycle being operated by 50 year old Paul Hollinger. The motorcycle was travelling south on State Route 98 when it struck a deer that entered the roadway. Both were transported to Marion General Hospital where Cheryl Hollinger died.
Neither rider was wearing a helmet.
One juvenile was shot after he and a friend were caught inside a garage early this morning on County Road 8 in Hancock County.
According to information from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, the two broke into a detached garage on the property and were caught inside by the homeowner, who fired shots striking one of the boys. He was treated at Blanchard Valley Hospital, and both boys are now being held in the Hancock County Juvenile Detention Center.
No other information is being released at this time as the incident remains under investigation.
A Hilliard man is facing charges following a weekend crash in Wyandot County.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, 34 year old Brendan Burgert was travelling on County Road 35 and lost control of his car after crossing the railroad tracks.
The vehicle travelled off the road where it struck a utility pole and came to rest in a field.
Burgert refused treatment of injuries. In addition to failure to control, Burgert was taken into custody for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
A home in Carey was broken into over the weekend.
According to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office report, a rifle was stolen from the house.
The owner named a possible suspect, and the incident remains under investigation.
A curfew violation was reported to Kenton Police.
According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, a 16 year old female, and an 18 year old male, were seen in the parking lot at the Save-A-Lot store in Kenton. The girl was transported to the Police Department while her parents were contacted.
Three reports of theft were taken Saturday by Kenton Police.
According to the documents from the Police Department, the first theft occurred in the 100 block of Broadway street. Officers responded to a report of a stolen pickup truck.
The second occurred in the 800 block of Harding Ave. where a credit card was stolen from a motor vehicle.
The third was a shoplifting incident occurring at Rite Aid in Kenton around 3:42 Saturday afternoon. Merchandise was attempted to be stolen by a 12 year old juvenile, according to that report.
A report of burglary was taken by the Kenton Police Department
According to the report, 36 year old Andrew Rhinehart reported a theft in his home in the 400 block of North Market Street. The report states that two pairs of shoes, and $80 in cash were reported as missing, the total value of the missing items is at $380
That incident remains under investigation.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers observed 25 year old Devin Chris Edward Disbennett sitting in the middle of the intersection of Eliza and Gilmore Streets.
Officers recovered Marijuana on the man, who is facing charges of Disorderly Conduct, and Possession of Drugs.
Police responded yesterday around 6:13pm to a report of an unruly juvenile.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers found a 16 year old male had fired a BB gun at a house in the 600 block of Wayne Street.
No charges were filed, and no further information is available at this time.
A report about a gun found in the men's restroom at McDonald's in Kenton was taken Friday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the gun was secured in a safe by a manager until officers arrived.
The owner, a concealed carry permit holder, told officers he placed the gun on a changing table so it wouldn't fall out of his holster while in the restroom.
Officers explained the importance of knowing where the gun is at all times, and he was issued a warning for failure to secure dangerous ordnance.
Officers were also dispatched to a disturbance in the 200 block of Leighton Street Friday afternoon.
According to the report, a 17 year old male in the house was charged with domestic violence.
A criminal damaging complaint was also filed Friday.
According to the report, a Toledo woman stated that her tires were slashed while the vehicle was at the B & J Motel in Kenton.
No suspects were listed.
A Lakeview man has been indicted on multiple sex charges.
WPKO radio reported that the Logan County Grand Jury indicted 35 year old James Putsch on five counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.
Putsch was arrested by the Logan County Sheriff's Office in May for allegedly raping a 10 year old boy.
The incidents are said to have happened from 2014 to 2016, and investigators say the boy was raped multiple times in Putsch's home.
Two people have been arrested in connection to a shooting in Fostoria this past Wednesday night.
The Findlay Courier newspaper reported that 37 year old Jerel Rhoades is facing a charge of felonious assault while 32 year old Tonya Brown faces a count of falsification.
Rhoades is alleged to have shot 46 year old Durwin Perkins of Fostoria in the 200 block of Poplar Street. The victim was taken by Lifeflight Helicopter to a hospital in Toledo.
Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says the shooting is a result of an altercation between several people.
Valid concealed carry handguns are now being allowed inside some county buildings in Auglaize County.
WLIO reported that Auglaize County Commissioners approved the removal of signs thus enabling concealed handgun license holders to carry guns in the Administration Building, the Highway Department, Dog Warden's Office, Title Department, Solid Waste Recycling Center and the Fairgrounds.
The commissioners are hoping the action gives their employees a way to stay safe in case of an emergency.
The action has the blessing of Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon, who said he believes in everyone's right to bear arms.
A resident in the 100 block of North Market Street reported an indecent exposure incident Thursday evening.
According to information on the day log of the police department, a man was allegedly exposing himself in a window.
The incident was reported around 7:20 Thursday evening, but the suspect was not located.
A theft was reported to Kenton police on Thursday.
According to the report, a Forest man reported a named suspect stole $30 in store credit at Domino’s.
The suspect, identified as Tiffany Bennett, of Kenton, was charged with theft.
An Upper Sandusky man was taken into custody Thursday night following a report of domestic violence.
According to the Upper Sandusky Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Walker Street to investigate the complaint. A man identified as Drew Walter was taken into custody on a domestic violence charge. The report indicated this is Walker’s second domestic violence, and the information was sent to the Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office.
Walter was transported to the Wyandot County Jail.
The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting, after not being able to hold a meeting on their regular scheduled date due to not having a quorum. Thirteen directors and 5 guests were present.
Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.
Mark Badertscher, representing the OSU Extension Office, stated there were 102 sheep/lambs weighed in and tagged on June 10th.
Roger Crowe, County Commissioner, stated he was looking forward to seeing a full fairground on the day GOBA visits and on the 4th of July.
Correspondence was read from the Marion County Fair Board. They will be celebrating the retirement of their Fair Manager, Candy Tripp, on July 4th from 6-7pm at the Marion County Fair Picnic Pavilion.
Howard also read an email received from OFMA, about AEP having a rep. available to help lower demand rates. This letter was referred to the Ground’s Committee.
Jami Dellifield, Family Consumer Science Educator from OSU Extension, had given the fair office flyers discussing an on line training about Occasional Quantity Cooks Volunteer Training. For more information on this on line training you can pick up flyers at the Fair Office or call the extension office at 419-674-2297.
Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee. It was noted the Hardin Community Foundation granted $500 for flowers, $500 for 20 vinyl chairs in the Community Building and $2500 for the new speaker system in the livestock barns. The board moved to order 80 more chairs for the community building, to finish buying those. Discussion was held on what was needed to be done for when GOBA visits next week.
It was noted the Ag. Society is still waiting on the State Camping License. There are currently 10 fair campers who have not paid for their camping spots for 2017. Most of those are new campers for this year, but a few are past campers and those sites are being given to people on the waiting list. Money for the camp sites were due on May 19th and they have been given an extra month to pay and no payment has been received by them. The camping committee was able to accommodate around 15 new campers this year.
Judi Cronley, gave an update on how ticket sales were going for the Lauren Alaina Concert. Ticket sales continue on the Fair’s website through pay pal and in the office on Wednesday and Fridays from 9am-4pm. The Fair Office will be open on July 4th for those wishing to purchase tickets that day. Ticket sales have increased since Lauren received a CMT award for Breakthrough Video of the year. The board moved to purchase $200 for a Facebook push for the Lauren Alaina Concert. The board moved to give 2 track tickets for the concert, to the 50/50 raffle on the 4th of July. The board moved to purchase cancellation insurance through Nationwide Insurance for the concert. It was noted the Hardin County Fair Website has been updated. The board moved to have Corey Ledley purchase a lap top to communicate to the TV’s in the Show Arena.
Ray Davis announced who the goat show judge will be. Howard Lyle discussed a USDA inspection that was recently done. USDA forms were added to the retention policy in the office. The issue with the Jr Fair Draft Horses was discussed. It was noted having youth draft showmanship on both Wednesday and Friday, gives more exposure to draft horses. Youth do not have to compete on the Wednesday Jr Fair Horse Show, they can just compete on Friday if they choose. Youth draft horse exhibitors can compete on Wednesday and Friday is they choose. Also there is no requirement for 4-H youth to participate at the fair, they finish their project at the interview judging. Regular horse shows on Monday – Thursday during the summer were discussed. Only horse shows being offered to youth are free during those days, if there are open classes, payment for the use of the arena needs to be made. The horse arena is worked on Sunday of each week. If there are youth horse shows being planned by clubs, the fair office still needs to be notified, so proper planning can be made.
Livestock judges are still needed for the Wednesday Beef Show and Rabbit Show.
It was noted vendor and concession contracts deadline for payment was June 15th and follow-calls will be made next week. There are several new vendors and concessions wanting spots and those people will also be called with available spots.
It was noted the Jr. Fair Board will be offering breakfast bags Saturday morning of GOBA.
It was also noted the Freedom Celebration on the 4th of July will begin at 12 noon with a full day of activities planned at the fairgrounds, right up to the fireworks display at 10pm. This will be a day focused on honoring our veterans. Mark Garmon stated Senior Citizen’s Day on Friday, Sept. 8th of the Fair will be the same as last year with the exception that Hardin Hills will be supplying the donuts.
Under old business:
Judi still needs judges for all non-livestock departments, except the flower dept. Box Seat letters were sent out at the end of May, with their due date being Friday, June 30th. There were 3 directors and 1 guest who attended the District 2 meeting in Wapak. on June 10th.
Under new business:
Jr. Fair entries can now be entered by going to the Fair’s website and they are due by July 31st. The board moved to have a community group work as ticket takers for the grandstand events during the fair. The board approved a design for the 2017 fair t-shirts. The board moved to donate a fair t-shirt to the 50/50 drawing on the 4th of July. It was noted Fair Work Day has been scheduled for Saturday, August. 19th.
The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, July 1st at 7:30pm.
Bellefontaine: Beigh Wilson; Ben Logan: Makayla Cayot, Levi Horsley; Graham: Kaitlin Niday, Chelsea Strunk; Indian Lake: Kacie Bush, Taylor Mayes, Tyler Thomas; Marysville: Tabitha Daugherty, Hannah Reedy, Morgan Young; Riverside: Jadzia Café, Wesley Kidder; Triad: Alandria Ketchell; Upper Scioto Valley: Alexis Christon, Stevie Clark, Sean Hurley, Elaney Overs; Urbana: Natalie Thomas; Waynesfield Goshen: Karen Kuhn, Kylie Beers; West Liberty-Salem: Rachel Larson
4th Quarter Honor Roll
Bellefontaine: Madison Aldo, Sierra Allen, Savanah Blair, Cody Board Hindenlang, Benjamin Brunswick, Brittany Case, Austin James, Jonathan May, Bronx Meadows, Jonathan Parthemore, Victoria Pine-Moore, Harley Pittman, Kody Riley, Kaleb Ritter, Brandon Rose, Trisha Sales, Daniel Weikart, Alissa Workman; Ben Logan: Reede Anderson, Abigail Austin, Jenna Blumenschein, Emily Boyer, Shayla Dick, Autumn Horton, Dakota Horton, Shannon McEvoy, Makayla McGuire, Garret Nicholl, Hannah Phillips, Ashley Powers, Kennedy Richards, Lexi Stewart; ECOT: Keith Irick; Graham: Bryce Bowman, Austyn Collier, Lane McAlexander, Ebony Peoples, Danielle Ropp, Sadie Scott, Kelsey Woodham; Home School: Joy Brandt, Samuel Laird, Nathan Reeves; Indian Lake: Georgia Blackburn, Jesse Brown, Madison Bryant, Jewlian Cruz, Maggie Henry, Kalei Hughes, Sierra Lensman, Arron McIntire, Hannah Park, Tyann Scipio, Caleb Thornburgh; Kenton: Devin Arnold, Kylee Baker, Braden Britton, Mackenzie Brooks, Tamara Combs, Lewis Latham, Brooklyn Thacker, Samantha Turner; Marysville: Andrew Brady, Tori Breedlove, Macy Carroll, Rachel Clarridge, Alydia Fultz, Hope Kunkler, Josh Lynch, Trent Moyer, Tara O’Conner, Haylee Rainer, Skyler Shepard, Makala Thirkield, Lachelle Yates; Mechanicsburg: Megan Miller, Maykayla Smith; Ridgemont: Chelsea Giancaterino, Christopher Miller; Riverside: Aaron Brown, Philip Corwin, Carlton Miller, Elizabeth Ordean, Matthew Smith; Triad: Karen Alspaugh, Lyndsey Alspaugh, Creighton Bradley, Gretchen Holland, Katherine Pennington; Upper Scioto Valley: Jeremy Hensley; Urbana: Jeffrey Carter, Ashley Colvin, Kayla Ferryman, Victoria Fraley, Tyler Gibson, Kalista Kitchen, Jase Knutson, Kelsey Quickle, Kimberly Reynolds, Kodie Shear, Ryan Windmiller; Waynesfield Goshen: Elijah Cotter, Jonathan Klingler, Ethan Miller, Abby Phipps, Joshua Searson, Keaton Webb, Hope Wicker; West Liberty-Salem: Karli Dowden, Kaelen Redden
The Hancock Area Transportation Service is giving free rides today.
WFIN Radio reports that the free rides are in memory of Barbara Bloom who was a long time order of the service. The trips on the public transport service are on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like a ride, call 419-423-7261.
Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to documents from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenschield’s Office, Kacey L. Rimes was sentenced to a total of 59 months in prison on one count each of burglary, grand theft of a firearm and safecracking and Candice N. Lafferty was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts of possession of heroin.
Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.
A homeowner in Kenton was issued a summons for having junk on his property.
According to that report, officers received a complaint about the property located in the 400 block of East Columbus Street.
The property was written up, and Daniel McKinna was issued a summons for a violation of the noxious odor, filthy accumulations ordinance in the city.
A Kenton man is facing charges following a report of a theft Wednesday.
According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 400 block of East Ohio Street reported his air conditioner was stolen from his front porch.
The owner had a video surveillance system, and the camera captured the theft in progress.
A suspect was listed, but so far no charges have been filed.
Former Kenton High School Football Player, and incoming Kent State Offensive Tackle Tyler Heintz is said to have died due to hyperthermia due to heat after a team workout on Tuesday.
Portage County Coroner Dr. Dean DePerro's office said that preliminary autopsy reports of the 19 year old Heintz showed that he had a "very high body temperature." The doctor is still working on a cause of that body temperature rise.
Hyperthermia can be caused from exercise in hot temperatures and in high humidity. DePerro explains that the body will cease to sweat, keeping from regulating its own temperature.
In a 9-1-1 call made by an assistant athletic trainer at the university requested an ambulance to Dix Stadium. The trainer advised dispatch that Heintz was "in and out of consciousness" and was having trouble breathing.
DePerro stresses that these are preliminary results, and other factors could have contributed to the death of the football player. DePerro said the finalized results could take weeks or months to be completed.
The autopsy was completed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, media sources say.
A Kenton man was apprehended Wednesday following a foot pursuit with Kenton police.
According to information from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, the suspect, identified as 39 year old Joel Hamlin, was wanted on a warrant out of Upper Sandusky for a parole violation.
He fled from officers and the foot pursuit ended with Hamlin being taken into custody in an abandoned house. Hamlin is suspected of several burglaries and theft cases. Police recovered property that is suspected to have been stolen.
Hamlin fled a traffic stop earlier this week in Kenton.
Three people are facing charges after Kenton police officers responded to a report of shots being fired Tuesday morning.
According to the report, officers responded to to the 200 block of Harrison Street to investigate the complaint. Two 16 year old Kenton boys are facing charges, including carrying a concealed weapon and curfew violations.
An 18 year old suspect was arrested and is facing a charge of obstructing official business.
The incident remains under investigation.
A garage was broken into and a handgun was stolen from a vehicle.
According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 400 block of Vine Street told officers his detached garage was broken into and the suspect stole a handgun from inside a truck parked in the garage.
The incident is under investigation.
Some parts of Upper Sandusky are under a Boil Water Alert until further notice.
According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office Facebook page that Sandusky Avenue from Wyandot Avenue to Crawford Street, Johnson Street from 7th to 4th, Hicks frm 7th to 5th, 4th Street from Johnson to the railroad tracks and 5th from Wyandot Avenue to Crawford, are advised to boil water before consumption.
The advisory was issued Tuesday night, and the earliest it is expected to be lifted is Thursday morning around 10.
The Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of E. Franklin St. in the city of Kenton late this past Monday evening.
According to a release, the search resulted in the seizure of heroin, suspected crack cocaine, prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and $250 cash.
Two children were removed from the house and placed in the care of non-involved family members.
Charges are pending on 3 adults who were present in the house and on one adult who had been observed leaving the property. Their names have not been released at this time pending charges
The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Kenton Police Department, the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office, Hardin County Job and Family Services and Osborn’s Towing service.
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need.
In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day on June 14 by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply.
Upcoming blood drives in Hardin County include:
In Forest Wednesday June 28 from 2 till 7 p.m. at McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182, 204 West Lima St.
In Kenton on Monday June 26 noon until 6 at First Baptist Church, County Road 175 and on Monday July 3 from noon until 6 at Kenton Moose Lodge, 801 W Lima Street.
Bluffton University President Dr. James M. Harder has announced plans to retire next year.
The announcement was made at the June Board of Trustees meeting.
Dr. Harder plans to retire on June 30, 2018 after serving 12 years in that role.
The Bluffton University Board of Trustees has appointed incoming vice chair of the board Cheryl Hacker, a 1981 Bluffton alumna, to chair the search committee to find the university's next president.
Tyler Heintz, a 2017 graduate of Kenton High School, and Offensive Tackle at Kent State University has died today after the second day of Football Camp at the university. Heintz had a full ride scholarship to play football.
The statement from the University:
"Today, the Kent State University family mourns the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, freshman football player Tyler Heintz. Tyler was transported to a local hospital by paramedics this morning following football conditioning drills at Dix Stadium. The cause of death is not yet known.
Tyler was from Kenton, Ohio, and planned to study marketing and entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration. Tyler was recruited as a rising star on our offensive line.
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family and friends, as well as Coach Haynes and the team, our athletics staff and our student-athletes."
Cleveland 19 (WOIO) Reports that Heintz was transported to UH Portage and was pronounced dead at 11:34 this morning at the hospital.
The following tweets were released by the Kenton Football Twitter Account.
An identity theft complaint was taken Monday at the Kenton Police Department.
A resident in the 400 block of Scioto Street informed officers information such as his name, address and social security number were stolen.
The incident is under investigation.
A Kenton man was arrested Monday on a warrant.
According to the report, officers found Keith McCoy hiding in an apartment. He was arrested on a warrant and transported to the Union County line and turned over to Union County sheriff’s deputies.
In a related story, a resident at the apartment where McCoy was found was also arrested and is facing a charge of obstructing justice for allegedly telling officers that McCoy was not in the residence.
A man was arrested Monday night after Kenton police officers were dispatched to Rush Trailer Court to investigate a 9-1-1 call about a suspect with a gun threatening a neighbor.
According to the report, officers arrested 24 year old Christopher Biederman on a warrant through the Kenton Police Department. The case remains under investigation. The report does not indicate whether or not a gun was found.
The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and there were no citizens requesting time to speak.
Councilwoman Patti Risner spoke about a petition to vacate the East/West alley between Letson and Sycamore; it was the recommendation of the Safety Committee to approve the petition. Legislation will be forthcoming.
During committee reports, the council heard from:
Finance: the Finance Committee met on June 5. Discussions at the meeting included the recommendation to form an agreement with Tim Fox of The Nerd Room for IT maintenance for the city, as well as a lengthy discussion about the income taxes for the city.
Downtown Revitalization: the Downtown Revitalization Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 14 at 8:30am with the engineering firm O.H.M. to discuss the proposed plans for the project. O.H.M. will also have a booth at the Eats on the Streets event for any citizens wishing to learn more about the project.
BKP: the BKP Board will meet on Monday, June 19 at 6:00pm.
Special Projects: two separate issues were discussed in Special Projects session. The first was a review of the grass nuisance ordinance for the city; there is a suggestion to change the ordinance to specify that a violation under the ordinance would carry a minor misdemeanor charge for the person cited. The second was a review of the parking ticket fees for the downtown area. City Law Director, Jon Schwemer, said that the current fees of $10 per violation are not serving as enough of a deterrent for people to follow the posted parking limits. The committee recommended raising the cost of tickets from $10 to $25 for regular violations, and from $25 to $50 for those found violating the terms of a handicapped space. In addition, Schwemer noted that the city should look into the feasibility of hiring a nuisance officer to handle the growing lawn and trash complaints and violations. Currently, citations are issued by the police department, and having a nuisance officer on staff would allow KPD officers to focus on their job of protecting the city. Schwemer told council that he believes this would be a cost-saving measure in the long run, but that he understands the financial limitations in the short term.
Parks and Recreation: the Parks and Recreation Board will meet on Tuesday, June 13 at 4:30pm at the 555 building.
Under new business, the council heard three pieces of legislation. The first, an ordinance vacating the alley between inlot number 4 and inlot numbers 2 and 3 of James Ewing’s second addition to the city and inlot number 46 and inlot number 47 of the third addition to the city, was read and will be read for the second time in two weeks. The second legislative piece, an ordinance providing for appropriations, including repairs to the sewer plant, was voted to suspend the three-reading rule and passed unanimously. The third piece of legislation, an ordinance allowing the transfer of funds in the police canine line items, was also voted on to suspend the three-reading rule and passed unanimously as well.
During the comments portion of the meeting, City Law Director Jon Schwemer spoke at length about an issue of heavy rain water accumulation causing damage to the International Paper plant. Schwemer told council that he had held three meetings with the County Commissioners and the management of IP to discuss the significant damage that results from a backup of rainwater following heavy storms. Other businesses, such as Jump’n Jims gas station, and several residences along Letson Avenue have suffered damage as well. Schwemer informed council of the options regarding the process to investigate the cause of the water backup. The most feasible option was to pay a $500 fee for a petition through the Commissioner’s office, which would facilitate the County Engineer’s office to assess the damage and the cost of any potential repairs. Council voted unanimously to accept Schwemer’s recommendation and the petition will be forthcoming.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers.