Henry Township Minutes From December 2020

Last meeting of 2020 was December 22,2020….


December 22, 2020

The regular meeting of the Henry Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Wymer with the following members responding to roll call:  Present:  Brumbaugh, Wymer.  Absent:  Baltz.

It was moved by Brumbaugh seconded by Wymer to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 8, 2020 as presented.   Roll call:  Ayes:  Brumbaugh, Wymer.  Nays:  None.

Motion carried.

It was moved by Brumbaugh seconded by Wymer that bills be approved for payment and checks issued for expenses totaling $ 48,820.63

Roll call:  Ayes:  Brumbaugh, Wymer.  Nays:  None.  Motion Carried.

 Guests Present:  None

 Old Business


New Business

F.O. reported that the expense summary for repairs to Freyman Rd. has been submitted to Co. Eng.

It was moved by Wymer, seconded by Brumbaugh to make the following Appropriation Changes:

$9000 from 2141-330-420 to 2141-40-740

$500 from 2021-330-229 to 2021-330-190

It was moved by Wymer, seconded by Brumbaugh to provide a 1% raise to township maintenance employees in lieu of a Holiday bonus.  New hourly pay rates: T. Francisco – $23.74, B.Matthes – $16.72

There being no further action to come before the Board the meeting was adjourned upon motion.

Submitted by Matt Davis, Fiscal Officer

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Board of Trustees Update

The District serves over 20,000 water and sewer customers in Wood, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, & Sandusky counties.  

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees today accepted the appointment of a new board member, the reappointment of two current members, and also approved board officers during their first meeting of 2021.


The board accepted The District’s municipal appointment of Bill Barnhart to the Board of Trustees.  Mr. Barnhart fills the board seat left vacant by Bill Verbosky, who retired from his board seat in December.  Mr. Barnhart currently serves as the Vice President of Engineering and Operations for the Hancock Wood Electric Cooperative.   He is a registered electrical engineer in the State of Ohio and has worked in the electric utility industry for over 20 years.  Bill currently lives in Weston and also served on the Village of Weston’s council for four years. 

“Hopefully, I can contribute to the board through my experience with long-term capital planning for addressing aging utility infrastructure and balancing this need with fair rates. I would also encourage management to continue to investigate leveraging technology to hopefully reduce cost, improve operational efficiency, and improve service,” Barnhart said.  

Bill was appointed by The District’s municipal members and his term will expire in 2023.  


William Hirzel was reappointed to the District’s Board of Trustees.  Mr. Hirzel resides in Lake Township and also serves on the board for the Hirzel Canning Company.  He was reappointed by the Wood County Commissioners and his current term expires in December 2023. 

Melinda Kale was also reappointed to The District’s Board of Trustees.  Ms. Kale is the Chief Executive Officer at Work Leads to Independence (WLI), a nonprofit organization delivering services to people with disabilities throughout Northwest Ohio.  Reappointed by The District’s Township members, Ms. Kale lives in Rudolph, Ohio and her current term expires in December 2023.   


Mark Sheffer was re-elected to serve as Board Chairman.  This will be his sixth consecutive year as chairman.  Mr. Sheffer resides in Weston and serves as a municipal appointee. His current board term will expire in December 2021.    

Steve Arnold was elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  Mr. Arnold resides in Bloom Township. His current term expires in 2021. Steve has spent his entire career in banking and finances, working for MidAm Bank for ten years and opening up an Edward Jones Investment office in 1996.

Melinda Kale was elected to serve as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. This will be her third year serving in the position. She is the CEO of Work Leads to Independence and participates in several community boards such as The Governor’s Council of People With Disabilities, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and the Liberty Township Memorial Association.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s board members are appointed three each by the townships, municipalities, Wood County Commissioners, and one board member appointed by the Henry County Commissioners. We serve over 20,000 water and sewer customers in Wood, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, & Sandusky counties.  With $240 million in assets, The District maintains over 440 miles of water distribution pipe, 8 water towers and over 3,900 fire hydrants.  Sewer maintenance includes over 355 miles of collection pipe, 13 wastewater treatment facilities and over 5,000 manholes. 







When: Monday, January 18, 2021

Where: American Legion Post 539 Hall

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

This meeting will be held to elect new officers for our summer baseball/softball leagues.

Age group: 4-18 years old.

Most officer positions are vacant for the upcoming season.

These positions MUST be filled in order for the league to continue to operate.


If you are interested in holding a position or coaching, please attend this meeting.

 If you are unable to attend, but are still interested please contact Heather Dewulf at 419-348-8746 or via Facebook Messenger. 


Social distancing and all CDC guidelines will be followed.



Heather Dewulf

NBYL Secretary




ODOT: Winter operations stats

 Up slightly over last year……

Snow Plow

BOWLING GREEN (Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2021) – Winter operations stats for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in northwest Ohio indicate we’ve experienced a more active winter this year over last — at least to this point.

Below are the current figures for the 16-county region in northwest Ohio regarding materials used and equipment miles driven during snow and ice control operations within ODOT District 1 and 2 (Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Wyandot, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood counties).

The stats represent all of this winter season through Jan. 13, 2021:

Northwest overall update Jan.132021

Northwest comparison Jan132021

Did you ever wonder how the salt we use to treat icy roads in winter gets from the truck to the pavement? Learn here how a salt spinner works from Josh Augsburger, highway technician in Wood County.


Know Before You Go!

For more detailed traffic information, and to get personalized traffic alerts for your commute, download the OHGO app or visit OHGO.com.


Wood County Habitat for Humanity News

Our committees are an important part of the organization and work all year round to support the mission of Habitat!
Interested in joining a committee?



January 14th, 2021

We build strengthstabilityself-reliancethrough shelter.

Risingsun Project  
Habitat has entered the final phase of the Risingsun project, demolition of the mobile home trailer. The mobile home was the previous residence for homeowner Calvin before moving into the small house. A team worked to remove the home this week. This work signifies a new start for homeowner Calvin and a bright spot for the community.  
Habitat Committee Meetings 
Many of our committees are meeting this week and next with a mix of in person and virtual meetings to kick off the new year.  Our committees are an important part of the organization and work all year round to support the mission of Habitat!
Interested in joining a committee? Contact Jessica Herringshaw for more information- jherringshaw@wchabitat.org
Are you an Amazon Shopper? 
Did you know that you can select Amazon Smile in the Amazon app on your phone and Habitat will receive 0.5% of the amount you spend?
Find out how here

Nutritional Inspiration for the New Year

For many, the worthwhile challenge of enhancing physical health begins with the foods and beverages you eat and drink.

(Family Features) A new year brings new opportunities for personal changes and improvement from taking steps forward in a career to bettering personal relationships and – perhaps most common – starting on a path toward better health. For many, the worthwhile challenge of enhancing physical health begins with the foods and beverages you eat and drink.

Step one is to leave behind the habit of turning to unhealthy meals and instead focus on dishes that call for fresh fruits and veggies like this Quinoa Salad with Orange Cilantro Salad Dressing. Simply start with cooked quinoa and mix together with your preferred produce like orange slices, grapefruit and diced avocado. Add feta cheese, lime juice and diced red onion to bring the flavor to life and drizzle with the light, zesty dressing.

Making nutritious choices goes beyond just your meals, however. Take your commitment to the next level with beverages that don’t cancel out your effort to eat healthy. This Spiced Citrus Ginger Mocktail combines a concentrate made of orange juice, orange peel, lime juice and lime peel with zero-sugar, zero-calorie ginger ale.

These health-conscious recipes are made possible with the flavor enhancement of Zevia beverages, which are naturally sweetened with stevia and include no artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives. Ranging from sodas to organic teas, energy drinks, sparkling water and mixers for cocktails and mocktails, the zero-sugar beverages fit nearly any lifestyle including eating patterns like paleo, keto, intermittent fasting and gluten-free.

Visit zevia.com/recipes to find more nutritious food and drink solutions.

Quinoa Salad with Orange Cilantro Salad Dressing

Yield: 2 cups


  • 1/2 cup Zevia Orange Soda
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon garlic

Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • leafy greens (optional)
  • 1 orange, cut into pieces (optional)
  • 1 grapefruit, cut into pieces (optional)
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1/2 avocado, diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (optional)
  1. To make dressing: In food processor, pulse orange soda, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, avocado and garlic until consistency is smooth.
  2. To make quinoa salad: Cook quinoa according to package directions and let cool.
  3. Once quinoa is cool, add to bowl with orange pieces, if desired; grapefruit pieces, if desired; lime juice; avocado, if desired; feta cheese, if desired; and diced onion, if desired. Top with orange cilantro salad dressing.

Spiced Citrus Ginger Mocktail

Yield: 1 mocktail


  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, lightly crushed


  • 1/3 cup concentrate
  • 1 can Zevia Ginger Ale
  • ice
  • lime wedge, for garnish (optional)
  • orange wedge, for garnish (optional)
  1. To make concentrate: In small saucepan, combine orange juice, lime juice, orange peel, lime peel, black peppercorns, cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil over high heat then turn to low; simmer until liquid has reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. Let cool and strain out solids. Transfer to glass jar and store until ready to use.
  2. To make mocktail: Combine concentrate with ginger ale over ice.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge or orange wedge, if desired.


Sandra Lou Cramer, 75

Passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Sandra Lou Cramer, 75, of Fostoria, formerly of North Baltimore, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Blanchard Valley Hospital.
Sandra was born in Defiance, Ohio on February 4, 1945 to the late William and Bernice (Reichenbaugh) Griffith. She married Eddie Cramer on August 21, 1987 and he survives.
Also surviving are her children: John Doyle Griffith, LaDonna Glary, Lona Wittenmeyer, Luster Howes, Carolyn (Cecil) Thompson, Stephanie Cramer, Holli (Jerry) Thomas and Michael (Deanna) Cramer; step-children: Gay (Dan) Hillard, Dennis (Lori) Cramer, Tina Cramer and Lynne (John Hentorne) Kidd; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; siblings: Roxie (James) Barringer, Donna Atzbach and Lacey Griffith. She was preceded in death by her son Samuel McCartney and siblings: Rose McCartney, Sharon Wittenmeyer, Lucinda Brown, William Griffith II and Sally Peters.
Sandra worked for Choice Motels, retiring after 30 years as a desk clerk. She enjoyed playing a good game of Bingo and was a collector of porcelain cats. She was an avid book lover and enjoyed computer games. The most important part of Sandra’s life was her family. She loved them dearly and cherished the time she spent with them.
Services for Sandra will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted with the Hanneman Funeral Home, 201 Osborn Ave., Findlay, Ohio 45840.
Online condolences, as well as a fond memory may be sent to Sandra’s family by visiting www.hannemanfuneralhomes.com

Polar vortex could be on the way

Or not…..

COLUMBUS, Ohio—If you were thinking this winter has been fairly mild so far, it has been, but gear up. 

Frigid temperatures could be gripping Ohio, the Midwest, and the Northeast around the last week of January. 

Credit: Getty Images


The polar vortex, a wide area of swirling cold air near the North Pole, has weakened and split in two, which happens from time to time when air in the stratosphere above it warms. With the split, forecasts indicate one of the portions of the vortex may drift south toward Canada and the northern United States. 

These weakened polar vortex conditions often drop temperatures well below normal (think single digits and sub-zero) and may lead to more snow, said Aaron Wilson, climate specialist with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“We’re watching this evolve,” Wilson said. “It’s eye-catching from a meteorologist’s standpoint. It can obviously cause some storms and lead to very cold conditions.” 

And it’s possible snow could come with those cold temperatures if the conditions are right, he said. 

That’s because this winter’s weather is also being influenced by La Niña, meaning the temperature of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America is colder than average. Those conditions can influence weather around the world. 

For Ohio, a La Niña year typically means a wetter and warmer-than-average winter and spring. 

Whether that additional precipitation will mean more snow or more rain, is uncertain, Wilson said. 

“We’ve experienced La Niña years where we got a lot of snow and some in which we didn’t.” 

But the trend has been for a bit more snowfall than average during La Niña conditions. 

“We’re not talking about a lot more snow—more like 1 to 3 inches above average for the season,” he said. 

Central Ohio typically gets 25–30 inches of snow, on average, a year, with southern Ohio getting less and northern Ohio much more, with about 60–70 inches of snow near Lake Erie.  

The typically coldest seven-day period of winter in Ohio has yet to come: Jan. 18–25.

180FW to Conduct Night Flying Operations


The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct training flights at night, Thurs., Jan. 14, weather permitting. Area residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing until about 8:30 p.m.

Training flights normally take place during daylight hours, but F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations as part of their overall readiness training. The 180th Fighter Wing appreciates the continued support from the citizens of Ohio and Michigan as we continue to train in support of our mission.

For updated photos and videos of the 180FW visit: https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/180FWONG


NB Public Utilities Committee Meeting

Public Notice for Committee Meeting on 1/15/2021

Here is information of the NB Public Utilities Committee meeting which will be held Friday, January 15,2021 at 9:00am:


 Friday, January 15, 2021




9:00 AM


  1. Call to order at 9:00             Aaron Patterson – Chair


  • General discussion on utility system


2. Adjournment

Village Council Committee Meeting


Here is the agenda for the NB Village Council Finance and Technology Committee Meeting which is scheduled for Monday, January 18,2021:



 Monday, January 18, 2021

6:00 P.M.


 I.Call to order Tim Engard – Chair

General discussion on 2021 financial needs  

II. Adjournment