PUCO Seek Commissioner Applicants

PUCO Nominating Council seeks applicants for commissioner position

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 17, 2018) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Nominating Council is seeking applications for the position of commissioner of the PUCO to fill a five-year term that begins on April 11, 2019. Applications must be delivered to the Nominating Council no later than 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 17, 2019.

The PUCO Nominating Council is a broad-based 12-member panel that screens candidates for the position of PUCO commissioner. The PUCO is comprised of five commissioners appointed to rotating, five-year terms by the governor. The commissioners are responsible for regulating Ohio’s investor-owned public utilities.

After reviewing the résumés of all applicants, the Nominating Council will narrow the list to those most qualified for the position. On Jan. 31, 2019, the Nominating Council will meet to interview the selected applicants and recommend four finalists to Gov. Mike DeWine. The governor will have 30 days to either appoint a commissioner from the list or request a new list from the Nominating Council. The governor’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Ohio Senate.

The full text of the commissioner position posting is provided below. For additional information about the PUCO appointment process please visit www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

Help Wanted: NB Village Finance Officer

The Village of North Baltimore Ohio has an opening for a full-time Financial Officer.

Village Finance Officer Position

The Village of North Baltimore Ohio has an opening for a full-time Financial Officer.

Minimum Qualifications:  Completion of an Associate’s Degree with major coursework in accounting or business, as well as advanced experience in Excel and five (5) years’ experience in governmental accounting or equivalent combination of training and/or experience. Knowledge and experience with CivicaCMI Financial Applications preferred.

Successful candidates must be able to interact with all Village employees and the public in a professional and courteous manner at all times and pass a background check and be bondable.

Pay range is $43,614-$56,698 and previous experience is preferred.

Interested parties should forward a resume and letter of interest to;

Mayor@northbaltimore.net by 5pm on Wednesday January 2, 2019.

NB Council Special Meeting Minutes Dec. 11

North Baltimore Village Council Special Meeting Minutes – Dec. 11

December 11, 2018
After the COTW (PM)


I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call

Mayor Janet Goldner-Here, Matt Beegle-Here, Ty Carles- Here, Tim Engard -Here, Aaron Patterson- Here, Art Patterson- Here, Leisa Zeigler-Here, Student Representative- Zoey Beaupry-excused, Clerk Kathi Bucher- Here

III. Executive Session

Mr. Beegle made a motion to enter into executive session at 6:42 PM for 121.22 G1 to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public employee. Second by Mr. Art Patterson. All approved.

IV. Return to Regular Session

Mr. Carles made a motion to return to regular session at 7:12 PM. Second by Mr. Beegle. All approved. 
V. New Business

Ms. Lee has resigned. We need to advertise for a FO. Could hire Tony Swartz to help us close out the year. He can start right away.

Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to advertise from December 12, 2018 to January 1, 2019 for a Finance Officer with the pay range of $43,614,31 to $56,698.60 with experience. Second by Ms. Zeigler. All approved.

Mr. Beegle made a motion to hire Tony Swartz at a rate of $40.00/hr; plus PERS and Medicare. He is to report to the acting administrator as needed. Second by Ms. Zeigler. All approved.

VI. Old Business

VII. Adjournment
Mr. Aaron Patterson made a motion to adjourn at 7:33 pm. Second by Mr Carles. All approved.

Accidental Deaths Hit Highest Number in Recorded U.S. History

Our collective complacency costs us 466 lives every day…..

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council is grieving over the new CDC data showing the number of deaths from unintentional, preventable injuries – commonly known as “accidents” – rose 5.3% between 2016 and 2017.

Preventable deaths have now reached their highest number in recorded U.S. history – 169,936. Of the three leading causes, preventable injuries was the only category to experience an increase, largely driven by the opioid crisis. An American is killed accidentally every three minutes, by a drug overdose, a motor vehicle crash, a fall, a drowning, a choking incident or another preventable occurrence.

An American is killed accidentally every three minutes.

NSC analysis of the unintentional, preventable injury data shows:

For years, the United States has accepted unintentional injuries as an unavoidable reality. These data show us that our collective complacency costs us 466 lives every day. The truth is, there is no such thing as an accident. We know what to do to save lives, but as a nation, we have not consistently prioritized safety at work, at home and on the road.

If our country does not act, more people will die, and our fight to Stop Everyday Killers will become even more difficult.

About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.

Farm Bill is Huge and Not Just About Agriculture

Expected to cost $867 billion over the next decade. It is a massive piece of legislation that funds a host of programs from crop insurance to food assistance.

Farm Bill Could Help Farmers Weather Low Milk, Other Commodity Prices
Published on December 17, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dairy farmers have a stronger safety net against low milk prices and high feed costs under the new federal farm bill, and more federal dollars will be spent to spur international trade of American agricultural products.

Both changes could help farmers at a time when revenues from selling milk, corn and soybeans have dipped and markets have shrunk.

Under the new farm bill, dairy farmers will pay lower premiums for a federal program that provides them payments when the margin between milk prices and feed costs dips below a certain level set by the government. The top level of coverage was raised from $8 to $9.50 per hundred pounds of milk, which will increase payments to dairy farmers.

“This is not a trivial change,” said Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economist and professor emeritus with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.

“It could mean a lot to dairy farmers.”

Ohio’s dairy farmers have recently been leaving the business at a higher than usual rate as a result of a drop in the price they’ve gotten for their milk for several years. Many of Ohio’s 2,130 dairy farmers have struggled with reduced revenue because the supply of dairy products has outstripped the demand.

The new federal farm bill that’s awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature is expected to cost $867 billion over the next decade. It is a massive piece of legislation that funds a host of programs from crop insurance to food assistance. The House of Representatives and the Senate each passed separate versions of the bill in June. Last week, both legislative bodies passed a bill with overwhelming majorities.

“Given the large voting margins, I think there was something in this bill that appealed to everybody, whether you’re living in a rural area or an urban area,” said Ben Brown, manager of the farm management program in CFAES.

Missing from the final bill is a controversial provision to increase work requirements for those receiving foods stamps, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The farm bill’s allocation of additional money to open up new foreign markets for agricultural products amounts to an additional $235 million over the next five years. This comes at a time when the U.S. share of world markets for many of its agricultural exports is continuing to decline, as it has for decades, Zulauf said.

Soybeans are Ohio’s top agricultural export, but sizeable international tariffs imposed this year on U.S. soybeans as well as on corn and other commodities have driven down the international demand for those crops.

“Farmers want someone to help market their products, which leads to higher demand,” Brown said.

The debate has been over whether the government should partner with farm organizations to help pay for marketing agricultural goods, he said.

Since March, when the Trump Administration announced a 25 percent tariff on foreign steel and 10 percent on foreign aluminum bought in the United States, countries including China, the world’s top soybean consumer, have countered with tariffs on U.S. products, including soybeans, corn, pork and other agricultural products.

Even before the recent tariff war, the United States had been claiming a smaller share in the world export market of many agricultural goods, Zulauf said.

“This is Congress’s reaction to that,” he said.

Other changes in the new farm bill include:

Farmers who participate in the Conservation Reserve Program, by agreeing not to plant crops on a portion of their land, could receive less compensation per acre compared to what they received under the previous farm bill. Even so, farmers will have the option of enrolling more acres in that program.
Starting with the crop harvested in 2021, farmers, including corn and soybean farmers, will be able to choose annually between one of two commodity subsidy programs: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Previously, farmers could choose only once and had to stick with that choice through the end of whatever farm bill was in place, typically a five-year period. Which program is more profitable for a farmer can change from year to year.
More relatives associated with a farm, specifically first cousins, nieces and nephews, could now be eligible to receive federal payments made to farms when commodity prices or a farm’s revenues from the sale of those commodities go below a certain level. The relatives have to meet certain criteria to qualify for the payments.

NB School Board meets Tuesday

NB SCHOOL BOARD REGULAR Meeting AGENDA for the December 18, 2018, 6:00 PM


This meeting is a meeting of the Board of Education in public for the purpose of conducting the School District’s business and is not to be considered a public community meeting.

Here is the agenda in pdf:

School Board December Agenda 2018

Henry Township Trustees

Official Minutes from November 2018….


November 27, 2018

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 Wymer seconded by Stewart to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of November 14, 2018  as presented.   Roll call:  Ayes:  Baltz, Stewart, Wymer.  Nays:  None.

Motion carried.

It was moved by Baltz seconded by Stewart that bills be approved for payment and checks issued for expenses totaling:  $  348,833.78

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

Guest Present – Kevin Laughlin and Jason Sisco – Wood County Eng. Office, Skip Baltz – Interim Road Supt.


Old Business

Stewart reported to the board that he informed Mr. Guy that he could construct a fence on his property assuming it meets appropriate height regulations.

Stewart reported that he made contact with selected applicants for the road maintenance position and they were no longer interested.

New Business

Mr. Laughlin presented information regarding the creation of a storm water district.  This is in the feasibility study stage and he will keep the board informed.

Mr. Sisco reviewed the current operations of the Engineer’s Office and answered questions regarding the role that the office would provide to the township and the proper procedures for making these requests.

It was moved by Stewart, seconded by Baltz to cancel the 2nd meeting in December, which was scheduled to be held on 12/25/2018.  This meeting will not be rescheduled and all necessary end of year business will occur at the meeting on 12/11/2018.

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

It was moved by Baltz, seconded by Wymer to award a holiday bonus to S. Baltz in the amount of $500 in recognition for his dedication and service to the citizens of Henry Township.

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

Road maintenance priorities were discussed and trustees will evaluate and create a prioritized list to be presented to the Wood Co. Eng. office by 1/23/2019.

Status of Rudolph Rd project was discussed.  Shelly Co. has requested to seed the road sides this fall.  Approval was given with the understanding that if the seed does not survive then re-seeding will occur in the spring of 2019.

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

Submitted by Matt Davis, Clerk

Council Agenda Dec. 18



December 18, 2018
5:30 PM


I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of the Agenda

Approval of the Special Meeting.

IV. Approval of the Minutes

V. Public Participation (5min limit)

VI. Letters and Communications

VII. Administrative Reports

Finance Officer: Update

EMS Chief: No reports due

Fire Chief:

Police Chief:

Utility Director:

DPW Superintendent:

Village Administrator:


Appointed Legal Counsel:


VIII. Standing Committees

Economic and Community Development (Ms. Zeigler)

Public Safety (Mr. Art Patterson)

Personnel, Policy and Ordinance Review (Mr. Carles)

Public Works (Mr. Aaron Patterson)

Public Utilities (Mr. Engard)

Finance and Technology (Mr. Beegle)

IX. New Legislation, Resolutions, Motions or Business

X. Second Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions


XI. Third Reading of Ordinances and Resolution

ORDINANCE 2018-51 ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE An ordinance to make appropriations for Current Expenses and other Expenditures of the Village of North Baltimore, State of Ohio, during the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.

XII. Other New Business

XIII. Other Old Business

XIV. Payment of the Bills

XV. Executive Session

Mr. Engard has requested an executive session Regarding Economic Development 121.22 (g)(8).

XVI. Adjournment

NB EMS Report – Nov. 2018

North Baltimore EMS Chief Phil Walter submitted the Call Report for November 2018

Calls for Service –

November 2018 – 48 

Year-to-date for 2018 – 477

We apologize for the rough quality of the current EMS Report (and possibly other items). With the WordPress software upgrade came a change to how we are able to post submitted scans of documents.

We encourage all who submit items to NBX to submit an ORIGINAL DIGITAL document in Word or pdf.

Scans of printed out items (sort of like a FAX), that were created digitally is sooooo 20th century… But, something is better than nothing – so thanks for submitting!

NB Fire Report Nov 2018

North Baltimore Fire Chief Ted Fransico, II submitted the following Call Report for November 2018.

North Baltimore Fire Chief Ted Fransico, II submitted the following Call Report for November 2018.

Response to:






Broadway St



S Poe Rd


Landing Zone

Muriel Dr


Assist EMS

Sterling Dr


Assist EMS

Eagleville Rd






Sterling Dr


Assist EMS







Deshler Rd






Sterling Dr


Assist EMS

Elm St


CO Alarm

Sprigg St


Assist EMS

Central Ave


Gas Leak


Help Wanted: Water Plant Operator

The Village of North Baltimore invites qualified applicants for the position of Plant Operator. 

The Village of North Baltimore invites qualified applicants for the position of Plant Operator.  Progressive, friendly, hospitable community located in north west Ohio about 15 miles South of Bowling Green and 12 miles North of Findlay, Ohio.

Under direction, operates water treatment plant; performs routine laboratory testing of water samples; operates wastewater treatment plant and performs maintenance and repair of water distribution system. Must be able to obtain a class B CDL, be willing to work a rotating shift on weekends, able to work some Holidays, and get Lab certification license. Wages dependent upon qualifications.

Qualifications include, but are not limited to, completion of secondary education with training in water treatment plant operation or one (1) to two (2) years’ experience operating a water treatment plant or equivalent combination. Must be able to pass a background check and be subject to periodic drug and alcohol screening.

Interested applicants can pick up an employment application at 205 N. Main St. in North Baltimore or have one sent to them by contacting Janet Goldner at (419) 257 2394.    A properly completed application, with references, must be submitted to Janet L. Goldner at the Village of North Baltimore, 205 North Main Street, North Baltimore, Ohio 45872.

NB Council Committee of the Whole Meets tonight – 12/11

Agenda for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018



December 11, 2018


5:30 PM

Special Meeting to following COTW

Call meeting to order at 5:30

I. Public Safety Committee. Art Patterson- Chair, Tim Engard, Leisa Zeigler members

II. Public Utilities Committee. Tim Engard- Chair, Leisa Zeigler, Ty Carles members

III. Finance and Technology Committee. Matt Beegle- Chair, Ty Carles, Art Patterson members

IV. Public Works Committee. Aaron Patterson- Chair, Matt Beegle, Art Patterson members

L.E.D lights at the roundabout

Compensatory time for employees.

V. Economic and Community Development Committee. Leisa Zeigler- Chair. Matt Beegle, Aaron Patterson members

VI Personnel, Policy and Ordinance Review Committee. Ty Carles- Chair, Tim Engard, Aaron Patterson members

VII. Mayor’s Items

VIII. Tree Commission