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. 

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

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

COVID-19 Update: Phase 1B Timeline

Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination program is set to begin next week with those ages 80 and older…..

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today (1/12/21) provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Governor DeWine today reemphasized the vaccine distribution timeline for Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination program which is set to begin next week with those ages 80 and older.

This week: Today, the Ohio Department of Health will receive information from the federal government on Ohio’s vaccine allotment for the upcoming week. This information, including which providers will receive vaccines and how many, will be communicated to local health departments this evening. Each county health department, in partnership with their local emergency management agency and vaccine providers, will communicate vaccine distribution plans with the media and the public on Wednesday and Thursday. The process to vaccinate those in each county will vary depending on the provider. Some are expected to hold walk-up clinics, others may take appointments, etc.

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health will launch a tool on coronavirus.ohio.gov to assist citizens looking for a provider that has been allotted vaccines. The tool will be searchable by zip code or county, but it will not be updated in real-time. It is critical that those eligible to receive a vaccine consult local sources to determine up-to-date vaccine availability. 

Hospitals that are vaccinating their frontline healthcare workers as part of Phase 1A must complete these vaccinations by Sunday, January 17.

Week of January 18: Vaccine providers will begin receiving their first allotment of vaccines for those ages 80 and older. Vaccines will be delivered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Each provider will begin administering vaccines the day after they receive their shipment. All vaccines must be distributed within seven days.

Week of January 25: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 75 and up following the same process outlined above. Vaccinations will also be available to those with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders. Additional information on how these individuals can choose to receive their vaccines is forthcoming.

Week of February 1: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 70 and up following the same process outlined above. 

Week of February 8: Vaccinations are anticipated to begin for those ages 65 and up following the same process outlined above. 

Vaccine providers are not expected to vaccinate everyone in each age group in one week. As new age groups are authorized to receive vaccinations, previous age groups will continue receiving the vaccine. 

Senior citizens with questions on the vaccination process are urged to contact the Area Agencies on Aging at www.aging.ohio.gov or by calling 1-866-243-5678.


To date, 85 percent of Ohio’s nursing homes have been visited by a vaccine provider as part of Phase 1A. Vaccine providers anecdotally tell the Ohio Department of Health that the number of residents and staff accepting the vaccine is increasing. 

In Ohio’s two nursing homes operated by the Ohio Department of Veteran Services, 92 percent of veterans have accepted the vaccine. Regarding staff, 60 percent have opted to receive the vaccine in the Sandusky home and 42 percent have chosen to be vaccinated in the Georgetown home.


Lt. Governor Husted announced today that Southern Ohio Communication Services, Inc., in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and Pike County Economic & Community Development, plans to invest $3.8 million to provide high-speed Internet service over 64 miles to 1,300 residential and business customers in southern Ohio.  Southern Ohio Communications Service received a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant toward building and engineering costs. Learn more about the announcement here.


Lt. Governor Husted also announced that 12 partnerships have been awarded for a total of $2.5 million for the Industry Sector Partnership Award Grant Program. The selected partnerships are located in various regions across Ohio and focus on multiple in-demand industry sectors, including healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, construction and transportation.

“These awards will jumpstart and expand workforce partnerships across Ohio that are helping more individuals earn the skills needed to successfully find employment,” Lt. Governor Husted said. “This is real-world skill development where educators and businesses work together to help people gain the skills they need to get hired for jobs that pay well and have a future. Enhancing meaningful partnerships between the business and education community is key to growing Ohio’s workforce and filling in-demand jobs at a time when many people are looking for opportunities, but not sure where to start.”

Learn more about the Industry Sector Partnership Grant by visiting Workforce.Ohio.gov/ISP


In total, there are 792,938 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 9,802 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 41,863 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 6,237 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Teleconference Info for NWWSD

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District Board Meeting is 1/14/21 at 7:30am via conference call.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – In response to safety guidance issued by the Ohio Department of Health, The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 14, at 7:30 a.m., will take place via teleconference call. 

Members of the public can listen in by following these instructions:  

Webinar: On Thursday, January 14, at 7:30 a.m., join the webinar by clicking this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87684696892?pwd=SEVRYVZmRGNVc20xU3lPN0NsOXRtUT09 Password: 664391

Phone only: On Thursday, January 14, at 7:30 a.m., use your phone to dial: 1-301-715 -8592 
When prompted, use ID: 876 8469 6892 and Password: 664391.  

Note that public access is watch/listen-only.  Comments can be emailed to publicinfo@nwwsd.org during and after the meeting.

Follow this AGENDA LINK for consideration.  

Follow @NWWSD on Twitter and Facebook for the latest information on how The District is working to provide safe, clean water. More information can be found at http://www.nwwsd.org/coronavirus/

Board of Education Organizes for 2021

Sharninghouse named School Board President. January is School Board Recognition Month…..

The North Baltimore Board of Education met Monday night (1/11/2021) at the High School to organize for the new year. All members were present.

At the December 2020 board meeting Member Jaimye Bushey had been selected to serve as the President Pro Tem of the 2021 Organizational Meeting. She led the Election of Officers  procedure for the first part of the meeting .Jeremy Sharninghouse was elected as President for 2021. Tami Thomas was elected as Vice-President for 2021.

Jeremy Sharninghouse, President, and Tami Thomas, Vice President, were sworn into office at the January meeting of the North Baltimore Local School District for 2021.


The Board will continue to meet the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at the NBMS/HS. December’s meeting will be the 3rd Tuesday instead of the 4th due to the Christmas Break.

The Board approved a resolution for compensation of Board members as per Board Bylaws #0147. There was no change to the current compensation.

The Board also approved several standard authorizations that are renewed annually.

After the 21 minute Organizational meeting ended, the Board continued with the regular January meeting at 6:00pm. 


#Superintendent’s Report: Ryan Delaney

Mr. Delaney shared he is assisting with having the district prepared for the staff to receive the Covid vaccine.It will be coordinated through the Wood County Health Department and administered with the assistance of the North Baltimore EMS. He asked the district employees to privately respond to the question “Do you plan to get the vaccine when we offer it?” He said 65% responded “Yes.” Although he asked them just to give him a “yes” or “no” many elaborated on their answers to him.

Delaney also said it appears that districts who are not meeting in person at all, will likely be excluded from the list of those receiving the vaccine.

Mr. Delaney also added that 26 of the 51 students who were “Option 4” at the start of the school year, have returned to in-person learning as of the beginning of 2021. 

#Treasurer’s Report: Steven Stewart:

Mr. Stewart reported the financial reports will be updated at the February meeting since this month’s meetings were early. 

Stewart also submitted a resolution to the Board for presenting a renewal of an existing 1% School District Income Tax ( for current expenses)on the ballot to the voters at an upcoming Special Election.

#Powell Elementary Report:    by Jonelle Semancik, Principal EA Powell 

Pop Tab Competition

This month’s Powell vs MS/HS competition is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald Mc Donald House. Winning building gets to wear jeans on Wednesdays in February and gets a catered dinner on conference night. So far it looks like it is a pretty tight race.

Honor Roll

Powell had a total of 67 students in grades 4th through 6th that made the Honor Roll. This means they earned all A’s and B’s on their report cards. Students will receive a t-shirt if they have not earned one from first quarter and they will have an iron on paw print decal for quarter 2.

Thank You!

Our Staff is over the moon excited about our new copiers! Thank you!

Powell students spell O-H-I-O to show their Buckeye spirit

#NBHS Report: by Chad Kiser, NBHS/MS Principal 

January 2021:

  • I would like to personally thank Ryan and Steven. Every tool, every curriculum item, everything my teachers have needed for this crazy year, they have got for them. It is so nice to have such amazing supportive central office staff. They really don’t get told enough how great of a job they do. Thank you so much, you guys are awesome!!!

  • Special thank you to Mrs. Matthes and the cub scouts. They collected hundreds of pounds of bottle caps to get our school 4 new benches. 2 outside the gym entrance and 2 outside the front entrance. Mrs. Matthes worked for weeks and weeks on getting this done. She has done such an amazing job! Thank you for all your hard work!  


Other business from the meeting:

# Approved a one year contract to Hailey Priest, Intervention.
#Approved membership to the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2021-2022 school year as presented.
#Meeting Adjourned at 6:35

January is School Board Recognition Month. Be sure to thank our Board Members when you see them for their service to the North Baltimore Local School District and Community.


NB Staff Selects “Student of the Month”

For January…..

The North Baltimore staff selected Jordan Kimmel to be student of the month for January. Jordan is a strong student, maintaining a 3.23 GPA in his high school coursework. Jordan is active athletically as well. He is a four-year runner on the cross country team where he was captain his senior year. He is also a two-year track runner and jumper and was selected as boy’s MVP for field events his sophomore year.

Jordan is a well-rounded student who plays trombone in the band and is one of two students in the last 16 years to be taller than his director. Additionally, Jordan was a Homecoming attendant his junior year and will always be remembered for some of the best lip syncing performances ever seen at our fall homecoming pep rallies. 

Jordan is also very active in the community, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 315 for designing, building and installing the new sign outside the North Baltimore Historical Society. We applaud his efforts on this project, which was especially impressive to complete during a pandemic. 

While working with Jordan, the staff finds him to be attentive, positive, and polite with a wonderful sense of humor. He is also North Baltimore’s foremost authority on DC comics, movies, and television shows.   

Due to his attitude, character, and involvement, the staff of North Baltimore have selected Jordan to receive this honor. 

After high school, Jordan plans to enlist in the Air Force. Congratulations, Jordan!

NB Library Hosting Virtual History Program

NB Library and WC Museum present 4 part Virtual History on 2nd Thursday of the month (Jan-April)…..

The North Baltimore Public Library will be hosting a 4-part series on the History of Wood County.  The series will be presented by the Wood County Historical Museum via Zoom.  The series will be presented on the second Thursday of each month (Jan – Apr) at 12 pm.  The topics that will be covered are:

Tales from the “Misty Past” Vol. I

Charles W. Evers and the Pioneer Scrap-book of Wood County, Ohio

Hear from noted local historian Charles Evers about Wood County’s last bear hunt, the origin of the “Devil’s Hole,” and Mahlon Meeker’s thrilling escape from a pack of hungry wolves. Although published one year after his death in 1910, Charles Evers’ Pioneer Scrap-book was instrumental in preserving much of Wood County’s local legends and lore.

Tales from the “Misty Past” Vol. II

Charles W. Evers and the Pioneer Scrap-book of Wood County, Ohio

Sheriff and newspaperman Charles Evers spins a tale of ruin and despair on the account of one Jim Slater. Did Slater curse Bairdstown (Bloom Township) in Wood County? Find out what brought about this curse and what the historical record tells us about Jim Slater and Bairdstown.

The History of Wood County – by the way of the life of Charles Evers (Part 1)

Learn about the history of Wood County as told through the experiences of newspaperman Charles Evers. This program covers the settling of the Evers family in Wood County to the period Charles Evers was Sheriff. The historical roots of many of Evers’ tales are revealed.

The History of Wood County – by the way of the life of Charles Evers (Part 2)

The story of Wood County continues. This program covers Charles Evers life as the owner of the Sentinel newspaper, his many business endeavors, and the period of his life as chief storyteller of Wood County.

Each month the link to the zoom meeting will be available at www.nbpubliclibrary.org, under library events menu.  You will be asked to download the Zoom Client application to join.  If you have questions feel free to contact the library at 419-257-3621


Here is the link for this week’s program: