“Huddle with Haraz” in BG

Ohio Rep. Ghanbari “Huddle with Haraz” District Office Hours in Bowling Green 

Representative Ghanbari Announces “Huddle with Haraz” District Office Hours in Bowling Green 

COLUMBUS – State Representative Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) today announced his upcoming “Huddle with Haraz” open office hours. Social media is a useful tool to connect with constituents, business owners and visitors to our communities. Huddle with Haraz is another venue to share your thoughts and concerns on issues here in Wood County.

Representative Ghanbari is scheduled to be at the Wood County District Public Library, located at 251 N Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402, on Tuesday, August 20th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. These office hours are open to the public and anyone is welcome to come and discuss issues in the district with Representative Ghanbari.   

What: Huddle with Haraz: Public office hours.

                Where: Wood County District Public Library – 251 N Main St, Bowling Green, OH 43402

                When: August 20, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

There are no prescheduled appointments required to meet with Representative Ghanbari during office hours.

COMMISSIONERS SELECT ASSISTANT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR

Elmwood HS & U of F grad named…

COMMISSIONERS SELECT ASSISTANT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR

BOWLING GREEN, OH – August 15, 2019 – The Wood County Commissioners, Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Ted Bowlus, are pleased to announce the selection of Carri Stanley as their new Assistant County Administrator. 

Mrs. Stanley’s duties will include preparation and management of the county budget, supervision of the fiscal staff within the Commissioners’ Office, and working closely with the County Administrator to guide projects for County offices and departments. 

The Assistant County Administrator also serves as the Director of the Wood County Solid Waste Management District, including the Wood County Landfill.  Her employment with the Commissioners’ Office will begin on September 16, 2019.

Mrs. Stanley is a graduate of Elmwood High School, the University of Findlay, and the University of Toledo College of Law. 

She currently serves as a Senior Assistant Prosecutor in the Office of the Wood County Prosecuting Attorney where she has worked in the Civil Division since 2008.  In this position she provides legal advice, contract and bidding document review, and legal research to county officials, boards, commissions, departments, townships, school districts, and the health district. 

From 1999 to 2007, she served as the Project Director for the Putnam County Commissioners where she directed the county budget process, served as liaison among county departments and elected officials, managed environmental programs, capital projects, and human resource activities.

For additional information, please contact Andrew S. Kalmar, Wood County Administrator.

PUCO seeks public comments

On proposed gas pipeline safety rules….

COLUMBUS, OHIO (August 14, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on Tuesday issued draft rules for public comment regarding gas pipeline safety. Comments are due Sept. 13, 2019.

As part of its regular five-year review, the Commission issued proposed rules for public comment. Among other things, PUCO staff-proposed rules:

  • Adopt the 2019 federal gas pipeline safety standards
  • Require gas pipeline operators to have a plan for abandoning inactive service lines
  • Create detailed reporting requirements for gathering line owners
  • Allow staff to serve gas pipeline owners via email

The Commission’s gas pipeline safety standards govern many aspects of a natural gas distribution company’s service including outage reporting and master meter systems and safety inspections.  

The Commission is seeking comments on the proposed changes from interested parties and the public by September 13. The public can provide comments on the “Contact Us” section on the PUCO website. Correspondences should reference case number 19-47-GA-ORD.

A copy of today’s Commission entry and proposed rule changes is available on the PUCO website at PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to Docketing Information System (DIS) and search for case 19-47-GA-ORD. More information on the PUCO rulemaking process is available on the PUCO website.

NB PD: Dear Residents & Surrounding Communities

From North Baltimore Chief of Police David Lafferty:

From North Baltimore Chief of Police David Lafferty:

Dear residents and surrounding communities,

As we all know North Baltimore is currently under construction to beautify our community.

I understand that construction can cause inconvenience sometimes and may cause us to run a little late but let’s not forget that school is also starting and there will be little ones walking to and from school.

I am already receiving complaints of traffic violations around the construction zone (speeding, stop signs and driving while on cellphones).

Please be advised WE WILL BE MONITORING THIS SITUATION!!

Broadway is CLOSED at North Main

PUCO supports federal effort to curb blocked railroad crossings

Collecting information from the public regarding the frequency, location and impacts of highway-rail grade crossings blocked by slow-moving or idling trains.

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 13, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) this week filed comments with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regarding its proposed information collection request for blocked railroad crossings.

The PUCO’s comments support the FRA’s proposal to collect information from the public regarding the frequency, location and impacts of highway-rail grade crossings blocked by slow-moving or idling trains. The proposed data collection efforts will provide the tools required by transportation professionals to analyze the problem and propose solutions.

Additionally, the PUCO’s comments recommend the FRA find ways to expand the scope of its proposed collection activities and explore providing real-time or anticipated blocked crossing data to local and state EMS, fire and law enforcement officials.

The PUCO’s comments in response to FRA ICR 84 FR 27832 can be found on the PUCO website.

The FRA proposes to implement a reporting form on its website and mobile apps to allow the public to report instances of blocked railroad crossings. The FRA would also create a dedicated portal for law enforcement to submit information about blocked railroad crossings.

The PUCO has no authority over blocked rail crossings. However, the PUCO began collecting blocked crossing information on behalf of the FRA in 2017. Information submitted to the PUCO is forwarded to the FRA. Since the PUCO began collecting blocked crossing reports in 2017, 947 reports have been filed. Ohioans can continue to report blocked rail crossings on the PUCO website.

Public Notice: Main Street Construction to Begin

Weather permitting…

RE: WOO – N. Baltimore CBD ENH / PID NO :99004

Dear Resident/Business Owner:

Geddis Paving & Exc., Inc. has been contracted with the Village of North Baltimore to improve the roadway, sidewalks, lighting, and drainage of N. Main Street. We will try to minimize the inconvenience this work will cause you.

In order to complete the work safely, no “through” traffic will be permitted.

Weather permitting construction will begin on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019.

Typical construction will occur Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Most of the Construction should be completed within 90 Days.

At times, access will be limited due to concrete curing at storefronts. Access will be restored as soon as possible in these instances.

Emergency vehicles will always have access.

Street parking is prohibited during construction.

Your patience and cooperation during this construction will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions concerning the work please contact the Village, @ 419-257-2394.

Sincerely,
Geddis Paving & Exc., Inc.

PUCO seeks public comments on proposed electric company rules

…for a standard service offer and the requirements…

COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 31, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today issued draft rules for public comment regarding electric distribution utilities. Comments are due Aug. 23, 2019.

As part of its regular five-year review, the Commission issued proposed rules for public comment. The PUCO staff-proposed rule changes are non-substantive.

The Commission’s rules define an electric distribution utility (EDU), outline the requirements of an EDU’s applicationfor procurement of standard service. An EDU’s standard service offer determines the price of electricity for customers who do not sign up for service with a competitive energy provider.

The Commission is seeking comments on the proposed changes from interested parties and the public by August 23. The public can provide comments on the “Contact Us” section on the PUCO website. Correspondences should reference case number 18-1188-EL-ORD.

A copy of today’s Commission entries and proposed rule changes is available on the PUCO website at PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to Docketing Information System (DIS) and search for case 18-1188-EL-ORD. More information on the PUCO rulemaking process is available on the PUCO website.

State Rep. District “Office Hours” in North Baltimore

Representative Ghanbari Announces “Huddle with Haraz”

Representative Ghanbari Announces “Huddle with Haraz”

District Office Hours in North Baltimore 

State House Website for Haraz Ghanbari

COLUMBUS – State Representative Haraz N. Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) today announced his upcoming “Huddle with Haraz” open office hours. Social media is a useful tool to connect with constituents, business owners and visitors to our communities. Huddle with Haraz is another venue to share your thoughts and concerns on issues here in Wood County.

Representative Ghanbari is scheduled to be at North Baltimore Public Library located at 230 N Main St, North Baltimore, OH 45872 on Tuesday, July 30th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. These office hours are open to the public and anyone is welcome to come and discuss issues in the district with Representative Ghanbari.

What: Huddle with Haraz: Public office hours.

                Where: North Baltimore Public Library: 230 N Main St, North Baltimore, OH 45872

                When: July 30, 2019 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

There are no prescheduled appointments required to meet with Representative Ghanbari during office hours.

HANCOCK COUNTY: Highway construction update

Know before you go!…..

The following highway construction is scheduled to occur within Hancock County. Work is dependent upon weather conditions, and unless otherwise noted, it will take place during daytime hours.

INTERSTATE 75 RECONSTRUCTION AND WIDENING

For information regarding the Interstate 75 reconstruction and widening project through Findlay and Hancock County, visit the project website here.

State Route 103 between state Route 698 and township Road 71, between the villages of Jenera and Arlington, is now open following a shoulder widening project.

State Route 186 between the village of McComb and U.S. 224 will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for a chip seal project. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.

State Route 235 between the village of McComb and the Wood County line will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement resurfacing. Work is being performed by the Shelly Company, Findlay.

State Route 613 between the Putnam County line and the village of McComb will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for a chip seal project. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.

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.

Attorneys General Secure $600 Million from Equifax

Largest Data Breach Settlement in U.S. History…

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that a multistate coalition of attorneys general, led in part by Ohio, has reached a settlement with Equifax following an investigation into its massive 2017 data breach.

The investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain reasonable security systems enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of more than 147 million consumers – the largest breach of consumer data in United States history.

“Today’s constant threat of cybercrime leaves no room for stewards of the public’s data to ignore security flaws,” Yost said. “Equifax knew about its vulnerability for months ahead of the breach but did nothing to plug the gap in its defenses. A swift response could have prevented this whole ordeal.”

The historic settlement includes a consumer restitution fund of up to $425 million and a $175 million payment to the states, with at least $7.14 million going to Ohio. The settlement also includes measures that aim to protect consumers’ information in the future.

On Sept. 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the largest consumer reporting agencies in the world, announced a data breach affecting nearly half of the U.S. population. Breached information included Social Security numbers, names, dates of birth, addresses, and, in some cases, credit card and driver’s license numbers.

Shortly after, a 47-state investigation found the breach occurred because Equifax failed to implement an adequate security program to protect consumers’ sensitive personal information. Despite knowing about a critical vulnerability in its software, Equifax failed to patch its systems, allowing outside actors to access the personal information. Additionally, Equifax failed to replace software that monitored the breached network for suspicious activity. As a result, the attack went unnoticed for 76 days.

Under the terms of the settlement, Equifax agreed to provide a single consumer restitution fund of up to $425 million, with $300 million dedicated to consumer redress, and up to an additional $125 million if the $300 million is exhausted. The restitution fund will be managed in connection with settlements from class action lawsuits filed against Equifax, as well as settlements reached with the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The company also will offer affected consumers extended credit-monitoring services for at least 10 years.

Consumers who are eligible for restitution will be required to submit claims online or by mail. Paper claims forms can also be requested over the phone. Consumers will be able to obtain information about the settlement, check their eligibility to file a claim, and file a claim on the Equifax Settlement Breach online registry. To receive email updates regarding the launch of this online registry, consumers can sign up at www.ftc.gov/equifax-data-breach. Consumers can also call the settlement administrator at 1-833-759-2982 for more information.

Equifax also has agreed to terms that will help consumers who are facing identity theft issues, including:

  • Making it easier for consumers to freeze and thaw their credit.
  • Making it easier for consumers to dispute inaccurate information on credit reports.
  • Requiring Equifax to maintain sufficient staff dedicated to assisting consumers who may be victims of identity theft.

Additionally, Equifax has agreed to strengthen its security practices in hopes of better protecting consumers’ information going forward by:

  • Reorganizing its data security team.
  • Minimizing its collection of sensitive data and the use of consumers’ Social Security numbers.
  • Performing regular security monitoring, logging and testing.
  • Employing improved access control and account management tools.
  • Reorganizing and segmenting its network.
  • Reorganizing its patch management team and employing new policies regarding the identification and deployment of critical security updates and patches.

In addition to Ohio, the other 46 attorneys general who conducted the multistate investigation and who are participating in the settlement include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington D.C. Also joining in the settlement are Texas, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.

Henry Township Trustee Minutes – July 9

Approved meeting minutes… Meetings are 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 5:30

HENRY TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES REGULAR MEETING

July 9, 2019

The regular meeting of the Henry Township Trustees was called to order by Chairman Stewart with the following members responding to roll call:  Present: Baltz, Stewart, Wymer. Absent: None.

It was moved by Baltz seconded by Wymer to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of June 25, 2019 as presented.   Roll call: Ayes: Baltz, Stewart, Wymer. Nays: None.

Motion carried. 

It was moved by Wymer, seconded by Baltz to approve the Clerk’s Monthly Financial Report for June 2019 as presented.  Roll call: Ayes: Baltz, Stewart, Wymer. Nays: None. Motion carried.

It was moved by Baltz seconded by Wymer that bills be approved for payment and checks issued for expenses totaling $ 287,657.50

Roll call:  Ayes: Baltz, Stewart, Wymer.  Nays: None. Motion Carried.

Guest Present – Bryant Matthes – Road Employee, Don Spence – Road Employee 

Old Business

None

New Business

The Fiscal Officer reported that the zoning change has been recorded.

It was moved by Wymer, seconded by Baltz to approve the Shelly Company invoice and to authorize final payment on the OPWC Rudolph Road project.

Roll call:  Ayes: Baltz, Stewart, Wymer.  Nays: None. Motion Carried.

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