Marysville, Jerome officials prepare for future growth
Members of the Jerome Township Trustees and Marysville City Council
in a special session Wednesday to discuss future development
Industrial Parkway from the city limits to Route 42.
"This is the
first brass tacks issue ... it will need some hammering
out," said Marysville
councilman Dave Burke.
A land use subcommittee with members from both
jurisdictions has met
previously. This week's meeting of the full council and
board was to
consider the committee's recommendation.
was to hire a consultant to work with the newly hired
city planner and
township zoning officer, as well as the subcommittee.
include Jerome Township trustee Andrew Thomas, city
council members Dan Fogt
and Dave Burke and mayor Tom Kruse.
The subcommittee is working to create a
"defensible" draft document by
the first of the year.
"I'm ready to see a
plan," said council president John Gore.
In forming their own accord, the two
governmental bodies acknowledged
that eventually more people should be
included in the discussion, such
as the county engineer for advice on traffic
patterns and Millcreek
Township which is sandwiched between Marysville and
"Less is more," said trustee Ron Rhodes, adding that there
will be a
time for others to join the discussion.
Several times during the
hour-long meeting the discussion wandered
toward more specific details,
however Gore kept the group on the agenda
topics which were to discuss the
subcommittee's recommendation and
Kathleen Crowley opened the meeting by explaining that
a proposed agreement
would specify what jurisdiction would provide
water, fire and emergency
services, as well as when or if zoning would
occur. The agreement could also
include a zoning pattern. She suggested
that the plan could mirror what the
city of Columbus did with the
"There has be to
harmonious growth," said township officer Kathleen Crowley.
Kruse said he
would like to see zoning as a part of the agreement.
Noting that a lot of the
land in the area is owned by a few individuals,
Jerome Township trustee
Robert Merkle said he wants to create a plan
for the highest and best use of
On hand for Wednesday's meeting were Kruse, Merkle, Rhodes, Fogt,
Gore, Crowley, John Marshall, Thomas, Ed Pleasant and Leah
Scotts smoking ban to get first test
From staff and wire
BOSTON (AP) - A man has sued his former employer, saying it violated
privacy and civil rights when it fired him because he smokes
Scott Rodrigues, 30, says he was fired from a lawn-care job
he had for
several weeks at The Scotts Co., headquartered in Marysville,
drug test came up positive for nicotine. He said he wasn't told he
be tested for the substance and was told the company would help
quit. According to Scotts officials Rodrigues worked for one of
approximately 70 company operated lawn services across the
Rodrigues' lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, claims
violated his rights under a state privacy law barring
substantial or serious interference of privacy, and under other
law. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and lawyer's fees.
more general terms, this case challenges the right of an employer to
employees' personal lives and activities by prohibiting legal
the employer finds to be dangerous, distasteful or
disagreeable," the lawsuit
The Scotts Co., a subsidiary of Scotts-Miracle Gro Co. of
Ohio, instituted a policy early this year forbidding smoking to
healthful lifestyles and hold down insurance costs. In the 20
that allow such policies - including Massachusetts - the company
to hire smokers and tests all new employees for nicotine, said Jim
Scotts' vice president for corporate communications and
King refused to comment specifically on Rodrigues'
case because he said
the company's lawyers hadn't reviewed it, but said all
new employees are
told they must be tobacco-free and are told they will be
tested for nicotine.
"It's on our Web site. It's on our terms of
employment when they are
hired," King said. "We make it very clear to people
what the expectation
is related to tobacco use."
But Rodrigues said that
he never knew he would be tested for nicotine
and that he chewed Nicorette
gum on his way to the drug test. His
Massachusetts employers also knew he
smoked because he had worked for
the company previously, he
Rodrigues said he never smoked during work or while on break.
didn't think you couldn't smoke at home," he said.
Rodrigues' lawyer, Harvey
Schwartz, said companies can require drug
tests if they believe their
employees are using the substances at work
or if drug use would seriously
interfere with the job. Neither is true
in this case to justify a test for
nicotine, he said.
Grand jury returns murder indictment
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville man who allegedly shot and killed his neighbor on
night has been officially indicted.
This morning the Union County Common
Pleas Court released the indictment
against Robert Timothy Conley, 46, who is
being held at the Tri-County
Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg on $1 million
bond. No court date has
been set at this time.
At 10:59 p.m. on Thursday,
police responded to 220 Greenwood Blvd.,
building No. 1, for a reported
shooting. Victim Charles E. Frazell, 53,
of 220 Greenwood Blvd. Apt. 1A was
found with a gunshot wound to his
chest. He was pronounced dead soon after he
The indictment states that Conley faces one felony count of
murder, alleging that he "purposely, and with prior calculation
design, caused the death of another." A specification to the
states that Conley used a firearm to commit the crime.
faces a second charge of felony murder for purposely causing
the death of
another, also with a gun specification. The dual indictment
allows a jury to
decide which charge, if either, fits the crime.
According to court files, a
conviction for aggravated murder carries up
to a sentence of life in prison.
He would be eligible for parole after
serving 20 years and paying $25,000 in
fines. The murder charge could
result in an indefinite term of 15 years to
life in prison, with a fine of $15,000.
Files also show that the gun
specifications could add three more years
to the sentences, to be served
before or after Conley's overall jail time.
Because the crimes allegedly
committed are considered "special
felonies," court files state that the
offenses are not subject to
post-release control. If he is released from
prison after serving time,
he will also be placed on parole.
why Conley allegedly shot and killed Frazell have been vague,
At his arraignment at the Marysville Municipal Court Friday
Conley said he had an ongoing dispute with Frazell. He told
Municipal Judge Michael Grigsby that Frazell had made fun of his
and that his family feared for their lives.
festivities planned for this weekend
By CINDY BRAKE
The Christmas season
kicks off officially throughout Union County this
weekend with several
In Marysville, the 2006 Elks Christmas Parade is
Parade coordinator Dean Cook said the parade has a rich tradition
benefits the community and has been held without fail - whatever
weather - since its inception 39 years ago.
Year after year, Cook said
he is amazed by the community support.
"Everybody's involved," Cook
Last year's parade included more than 200 entries and Cook said he
no reason to expect less this year. He adds that is very important
participants to call his office prior to Sunday. The number is
Bands from Marysville and Fairbanks schools are scheduled this
well as fire trucks, dancers and several cub scout packs. Santa
bring up the end of the parade along with mail carriers who will
collecting letters to Santa from children along the parade
Parade participants should meet at the stadium parking lot behind
Marysville Middle School at 1 p.m. The parade begins at 2 p.m.
route will travel along Route 31 to Elwood Avenue, Main Street,
Street, Court Street and end at the county annex parking lot.
the Christmas parade begins at 4 p.m. Saturday. Line up is
at the high school
beginning at 3:30 p.m. The route is south on Franklin
Street from the high
school to the police station, then right on Bomford
and right on Fulton and
ending at the park. The lighting of the park
Christmas lights follows the
Santa's House will be open Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 11
to 1 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m.
In Plain City,
Christmas Under the Clock begins at 5:30 p.m. with a tree
caroling by the Lighthouse Mennonite Fellowship and
Girl Scouts, a blessing
and speech, as well as music by members of the
Jonathan Alder High School
Local guitarist Rod Brown will provide music and Santa will be
Yoder's Tru-Value Hardware. Pictures will be available.
carriage rides, as well as rides on an antique tractor and
wagon will be
available from Lovejoy Plaza to the hardware store.
Eighteen businesses along
Main and Chillicothe streets will host open
houses. Guests will be able to
enter a contest to win a television, gift
cards and gift baskets.
festivities continue through 8:30 p.m. and are being planned by the
Plain City Organization and village officials.
Move would cover all district owned property
By KARLYN BYERS
Schools administrators will look into implementing a
ban after receiving encouragement from board
members during the regularly
scheduled board meeting Monday.
A discussion occurred toward the end of the
meeting at Marysville Middle
School when board members asked superintendent
Larry Zimmerman about
enforcement of a statewide smoking ban authorized in
the Nov. 7 general election.
The law goes into effect Dec. 7. Zimmerman
said his biggest concern was
at points of egress to district buildings and
concession stands and the press box at football
According to the Ohio Department of Health Web site www.odh.ohio.gov,
the new law prohibits
smoking "immediately adjacent to locations of
ingress or egress to the public
place or place of employment." It
further states, "A proprietor of a public
place or place of employment
shall ensure that tobacco smoke does not enter
any area in which smoking
is prohibited under this chapter through entrances,
systems or other means."
Smokers cannot congregate
near public entrances and near locations where
air intake may suck tobacco
smoke into the system and distribute it
throughout an area or
"Those will be areas that will be a challenge for us, but we're up
the challenge," Zimmerman told the board.
Board vice president Bill
Hayes and president Roy Fraker, both Honda of
America employees, said Honda
has decided to implement a smoke-free campus.
"Honda is going to go
totally tobacco free," Hayes said, adding
enforcement would begin "once you
cross the property line" onto Honda land.
"I like the idea of a tobacco
ban," said board member Tom Brower.
"I don't know why we (haven't gone) smoke
free," board member Jeff Mabee said.
The board also heard a report on site
work at the new middle
school/intermediate school on Route 4.
manager Emily Wieringa of Thomas & Marker said a few odds
and ends need
to be completed. And, she added, the site work has cost
Following a suggestion from county officials, the retention pond
modified to more effectively collect silt deposits. Although the
has changed the original shape somewhat, Wieringa said, "You won't
able to tell much difference in the size of the pond."
business, the board:
.Recognized Terri Sproull as its October Employee of the
is a special education aide at Marysville Middle School and
an electronic data collection system for the classroom that is
used in multiple buildings around the district. She works on projects
the evenings and on weekends to help prepare students' curriculums
is a compassionate and caring person, according to the
announcing her selection.
.Heard members of the MMS Mini
Swingers perform two tunes. Under the
direction of Michael Robertson, the
four male and seven female youths
performed a compilation of James Taylor
songs and selections from the
musical "Pippin." The entire group will perform
four concerts this
school year, including one Dec. 18. The Mini Swingers also
four trips to destinations in Ohio and Indiana.
supplemental contracts to Hollie Moots, Mill Valley Destination
Krista Berry-Fairchild, Edgewood D.I.; Brenda Reedy, East
D.I.; Lori Clark,
high school head girls track; James Cooper, high
school head boys track; Paul
Palivoda (two-thirds) and Jason Heard
(one-third), middle school wrestling;
Kevin Franke, middle school
wrestling; and John Tierney, high school
assistant wrestling (paid by boosters).
.Granted unpaid leaves of absence
to Laurie Levy, anticipated effective
dates of May 17 through June 1, and
Cindy Teske, anticipated effective
dates of May 15 through June
.Employed Jonathan Gibson as custodian.
.Employed Shaun Arthur, Tia
Benning, Katie Esthus, David Wilson, John
Patton, Daniel Hoover and Shelley
Williams as certified staff; and John
Howard, Frank Miller, James Moore,
Cherie Pugh, Loretta Pullins, Kerry
Seyffer-Sprague and Linda Thompson as
.Accepted, with appreciation, a donation from the wrestling
be used to cover the cost of an additional high school
wrestling coach; the donation of $3,000 from National City Bank to
used for the Northwood Elementary School book room; and $400
Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc., $500 from Peck, Shaffer & Williams
$250 from Thomas & Marker Constructon Co., and $400
Steed/Hammond/Paul Co. to the high school show choir. Also accepted
donation of $200 from the United Methodist Women and the donation
tennis shoes from High Point Teachers Academy and Judy Fletcher
pupils at East Elementary; a $200 donation from the United
Women at First United Methodist Church and donation of audio cords
the sound system from Raymond PTO at Raymond Elementary; and
donation of $100 to the high school English department for use
purchasing instructional materials.
.Appointed Lisa Wellman to a
seven-year term on the Marysville Public
Library Board of Trustees. All
library board members are appointed by a
public school board of education as
prescribed by the Ohio Revised Code.
.Recognized Ed Starling, in his 40th
year of coaching high school
baseball and 26 as a head coach, for being
inducted into the Central
District Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
and Marc Kirsch, high
school boys soccer coach, for receiving the National
Soccer Officials Association Coach Merit Award.
into an "Agreement for Use of School Facilities" with the
Basketball League for use of the high school and adjacent
parking area and
certain facilities for athletic contests.
.Recognized J.R. Rausch and Gloyd
Ayers, high school boys basketball,
and Shannon Daniels, high school girls
basketball, as volunteers.
.Approved James Arms, Sheri Arms, Nicole Baxter,
Candy Brake, Melissa
Brown, Christy Butler, Sandra DeJarnette, Marci Earnest,
Mary Fisher, Theresa Fluharty, Lynnette Focht, Linda Forry,
Geyer, Linda Harvey, Shelly Heuser, Kimberly Hiser, Teresa
Bethany Keever, Tim Keever, Chris Knisley, Heather Litz,
Marshall, Danetia Mayes, Kim Morse, Peggy Mullet, Elizabeth
Jennifer Bartlett, Tamara Brummett, Jona Nace, Angela Nelson,
Payne, Melissa Pitzer, Tamara Plue, Nadine Poulin, Valerie Ramey,
Rausch, Jennifer Read, Theresa Roshon, Audrey Rossi, Julie
Stacy Schalip, Carolyn Schultz, Michelle Scobee, Shanda Seiltz,
Sgambellone, Tammy Snodgrass, Christina Snouffer, Amy Stage, Mani
Cindi Urban, Nancy Walters, Carrie Weigand, Bradly White, Mary
Sandra Cruise, Rudy Dowdy, Penny Elliott, Gary Fuller, Valerie
Julie Fulwider, Arthur Porter and Carol Jean Porter as Navin
.Approved Cheri Bell, Lorie Mathys, Loretta Williams, Susan
Ezell, Jo Jo
Sommers, Roger Elliott, Kelly Miller, Valerie Klingman, Bridgett
Becky Blankenship, Debbie Thomas, Drudy Yoakam, Lisa Maybery, Erich
Kim Hees, Tom and Kristi Young, Robin and Brien Dickson, LuAnn
Jolene Headings, Lisa Brown, Teri Stinson, Pam Hitchkock, Libby
Mani Syar, Judi Luginbill, Terri Fravel, Kimber Saunders, Carol
Marty and Debby Logsdon, Wendy Groh, Kaye Howard, Julie Rumler,
Butler and Teri Jostes as Marysville Middle School
.Agreed to pay Brianne Boyd and Kim Nelson as non-paid
the MMS Ski Club.
.Adopted "Computer Aided Drawing/Design
(CAD)," "Wood Working" and
"Discovering Your Career" as
.Approved the purchase of new controls from Trane and installed
the high school HVAC system at a cost of $236,000.
overnight trips for the high school wrestling team - the
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School on Dec. 27, and a
second trip to
Lakota West High School on Jan. 12.
.Approved the sale of Avon products to
raise money for the eighth-grade field trip.
.Approved the Little Tony's
20 percent Kickback program on Dec. 11, 12 and 13.
.Approved district bus
stops for the 2006-2007 school year as determined
by the transportation
.Approved Creekview Intermediate School as a "beta-school"
children's author Alan St. Jean's third book "Aidan of Oren-Valley
of the Dragons."
.Approved Ohio State University-Marion student teachers
.Approved the creation and sale of the holiday choir and band
Sounds of the season
Courthouse clock tower
silent no more
By CINDY BRAKE
Once again music is in the air over
More than 21 different Christmas songs rang out from the
Union County Courthouse tower when a new sound system was
Monday from 5 to 10 p.m.
"Carol of the Bells," "Frosty the
Snowman," "Jingle Bells," "The Little
Drummer Boy" and "White Christmas" were
played on a $10,000 sound and
clock system that was recently
Union County Facilities Manager Randy Riffle said one song is
to be played on the quarter hour during the holiday season from 9
to 9 p.m., as well as the Westminster Chimes every 15 minutes.
said the new Ipod-size control unit in a box the size of a DVD
replaces a broken and out-dated music unit that was similar in
size to a
three-drawer lateral file. Amplifiers were also replaced.
music for all seasons, the new unit will keep the
synchronized, Riffle said.
"It's amazing," Riffle said about the new system
purchased from Verdin
Chamber Carillon of Cincinnati. Verdin supplied the
setting in the Union County Office Building on Sixth
Riffle said the new system replaces a tape system that broke more
four or five years ago.
The tape system was purchased in 1976 by the
Union County Bicentennial
Committee as a lasting commemoration locally of the
birthday celebration, according to an article in the
Journal-Tribune. It, like the current system, was installed in
That system cost $5,200 plus shipping charges and
included a standard
module of patriotic songs. Riffle said the county has
three or four
dozen other songs that had been given in memory of
The courthouse was originally equipped with a bell that still hangs
in the tower.
The 125-year-old bell was cast especially for the courthouse
in 1881 by
Henry McShane & Co. of Baltimore, Md., states a 1994 article.
weighted 2,500 pounds and had a 1,000-pound frame. "It was rung at
sitting of the court to proclaim justice towards all sections of
county," states a 1994 article. In addition to calling the court
session, the bell was rung to celebrate the end of wars, ranging
the Spanish American War to World War II. It was also used to mourn
loss of the country's presidents and other national or local
The ringing of the courthouse bell before trial cases and grand
convening ended in the 1930s when the rope broke and a gong
installed in the court room instead.
A new rope reportedly was
installed in 1964 and the tradition was once
again renewed by then Common
Pleas Judge Gwynn Sanders.
The old bell was last rung in 1994 during the
Riffle said the bell is still functional but not
Pryce re-elected but recount required
From AP and staff reports:
Ohio (AP) - Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce won re-election
Monday to the U.S.
House by a margin so slim that a recount will be required.
Democratic challenger Mary Jo Kilroy by 1,055 votes in
after counties in central Ohio's 15th District
counted absentee and
provisional ballots weeks after Election Day.
Pryce won Union County by a
final count of 10,966 to 5,620.
Pryce actually lost Franklin County, the
district's most populous that
announced its totals Monday. But votes she
picked up in two other
counties that announced results last week, Madison and
Union, helped her
keep her lead.
Kilroy, a Franklin County commissioner,
had thought the outstanding
ballots in the county, including many from Ohio
students in Columbus, could sway the election in her
The race was one of a few that had remained unresolved across
country since Election Day, when the Democrats took control of
Pryce joined fellow GOP incumbent Rep. Jean Schmidt in winning
post-election victory in Ohio, delivering good news to a troubled
party that lost control of the governorship, long-held
seats in the state and three other key statewide
Pryce ended up with 50.2 percent of the votes, compared with
percent for Kilroy in the unofficial totals.
An automatic recount is
triggered if the difference between the two
candidates is less than one-half
of one percent.
Pryce spokesman George Rasley was confident of the ultimate
result despite the recount.
"We don't have any concerns at all
that this is going to change
significantly," he said.
Don McTigue, lawyer
for Kilroy, said the final numbers confirmed his own
estimates of the margin
of votes. "I was predicting that it would be
just around 1,000 votes,"
McTigue said. "I was hoping for just
psychological reasons to be just under
1,000, but this is still under
the free recount category so I'm very happy
The Secretary of State's Office is awaiting the official numbers
the counties before taking the next step, spokesman James Lee
Pryce's narrow margin of victory was a change from past elections
she easily won her seat. She had 60 percent of the vote in 2004 when
beat challenger Mark Brown for the second time in two elections.
Franklin County elections board, the last board to finish its
absentee and provisional ballots in the 15th District race,
under 21,000 provisional ballots, throwing out about 2,600
of them. Most of
the uncounted provisionals were cast by people who
weren't registered to vote
or voted in the wrong precinct, elections
director Matt Damschroder
Pryce, until recently the No. 4 Republican in Congress,
accepted victory in the race - one of the season's nastiest - but
insisted that uncounted provisional and absentee ballots would
A seven-term incumbent, Pryce had seen her lead in the
sharply amid the scandal over U.S. Rep. Mark Foley and GOP
handling of lurid messages he had been sending for years to
Pryce had publicly named Foley as one of her
best friends in Washington,
and served on the leadership team under fire over
the matter in the
weeks leading up to the election.
Kilroy, active for
decades in local politics, campaigned on the
Democrats' winning strategy
around the country: the need for change. She
sought to link Pryce to the Bush
administration's unpopular war in Iraq,
the president's failed
social-security privatization plan, and the
mounting national debt.
countered by labeling Kilroy an extremist and a liberal, and
important but unglamourous accomplishments for the district
in her TV ads,
like flood walls and airports. She suggested that
Kilroy's attacks were less
than truthful with her "Truth Matters" ad slogan.
Bond set at $1 million for suspect in shooting death
By RYAN HORNS
million bond was set against a Marysville man who allegedly shot
his neighbor on Thanksgiving.
Just after 11 a.m. Friday suspect Robert T.
Conley, 46, of 220 Greenwood
Blvd. Apt. 1D stood before Marysville Municipal
Court Judge Michael
Grigsby to be arraigned on one count of murder. He wore
orange pants and shirt, with leg and hand chains.
said Conley could face anywhere from 15 years to life in prison
Thursday night murder at an apartment complex off of Greenwood
remains incarcerated at the Tri-County Regional Jail in
Conley's preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Nov.
30 at 8 a.m. at the
Marysville Municipal Court.
According to reports, Conley shot and killed
victim Charles E. Frazell,
53, of 220 Greenwood Blvd. Apt. 1A with one bullet
from a small caliber
handgun, after an argument in front of their apartment
exact reason for the argument is still under
As part of the arraignment, Grigsby asked Conley if he had
say to him, in regards to the murder.
"Only that I felt me and
my family's lives were in danger from this
man," Conley said about
Conley said that he had previously filed police reports against
indicating that they had problems getting along in the past.
called me Bin Laden because of my beard," Conley said.
Conley then went on to
speak about the FBI and vague incidents that
occurred in the late 1960s,
which possibly involved Frazell.
Grigsby then stopped Conley, reminding that
anything he said could be
used against him. At that point Conley ended his
statement. He currently
does not have a defense attorney.
During the bond
hearing, Marysville prosecuting attorney Rick Roger said
he feared Conley
might flee the area if he could afford to post bond.
"I don't have any money
to bail out with anyway," Conley said.
Marysville Police Detective Doug Ropp
was in the courtroom this morning,
also having been on the scene of the
murder Thursday night.
He reported that Conley had not been convicted of
before the murder. He noted that Conley once called police
someone had damaged his flower pots.
Ropp added that he would
have to check through Conley's previous reports
to see which ones may have
involved arguments with Frazell. Information
from those reports were not
available before press time.
Man killed in holiday shooting
Suspect in custody facing murder
By RYAN HORNS
A Thanksgiving Day shooting left one man dead and
another in custody.
According to Marysville police reports, suspect Robert T.
Conley, 46, of
220 Greenwood Blvd. Apt. 1D is presently being held at the
Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg, pending arraignment in
Municipal Court for one count of murder. The court room was to be
today for the holiday, but a special session was set for the
arraignment at 11 a.m.
Police reports state that at approximately 10:59
p.m. on Thursday,
police officers were called to 220 Greenwood Blvd.,
building No. 1, for
a reported shooting. Victim Charles E. Frazell, 53, of
Blvd. Apt. 1A was found with a gunshot wound in his
"Upon arrival officers located a male victim outside of the building,
well as the suspect," reports state. "The suspect was
apprehended by the officers on the scene. It was determined that
suspect shot the victim in the chest with a small caliber handgun
an argument over presently unknown issues."
Police Chief Glenn Nicol reported that Frazell was
transported to Memorial
Hospital of Union County by Marysville Fire
Department medics where he was
pronounced dead at 11:22 p.m. Marysville
Police continue to investigate the
murder, along with the Union County
Coroner and Prosecuting Attorney
Nicol reported that the two men were neighbors and were
living across the hall from each other.
At the apartment
building this morning, building maintenance manager Dan
Kelly was busy
locking up the victim's apartment.
"Marysville doesn't have many of these, do
they?" Kelly said,
referring to the murder.
He said he didn't know why
Conley would shoot Frazell.
"I have no idea," Kelly said. "I just got a call
earlier this morning to
secure the building."
The two men lived alone, he
said. Kelly said he understood that Frazell
was possibly unemployed and
Conley is retired.
Union County Coroner Dr. David Applegate said Frazell's
autopsy should be ready by this afternoon. He explained that the
just missed Frazell's heart, going into his body just above
"Because it is a small caliber bullet, it bounces around a
Applegate said. "(The bullet) got lots of things."
results will show just where the bullet ricocheted and what
vital organs were
damaged once it entered the body, he said.
Applegate said alcohol did not
appear to be a factor.
"There is no smell of alcohol," Applegate said,
regarding the victim's
body. He said he won't know for sure until toxicology
results come back
in a month or so.
He said there were also no signs of a
fight before Conley fired at Frazell.
"There was no trauma on the body and
there was no evidence of a
struggle," he said.
Because there was no
residue from the gunshot on the body, it was
apparent Conley fired his gun
about six feet away, according to Applegate.
U-CO Industries to
purchase new facility
From J-T staff reports:
U-CO Industries Inc. is
purchasing a new building to provide programs
for mentally retarded and
developmentally disabled individuals.
U-CO Industries located at 835 E. Fifth
St. is the adult program of the
Union County Board of Mental Retardation and
offering a number of services to eligible adults,
employment and an adult day program.
U-CO has occupied
the 12,000 square-foot building at 835 E. Fifth Street
72,000 square-foot building at 16900 Square Drive is in the
section of east Marysville.
"The board of directors is anxious that U-CO
continue to grow," said
board president, the Rev. Jack Groat. "We have
outgrown our present
facility and have opted to ask the Union County Board of
MR/DD to allow
us to purchase the larger building. We are proud of the
staff that MR/DD provides and want to support them in every way
without additional tax to the Union County residents," he
Plans call for approximately 32,000 square feet in the new facility
be utilized for U-CO and other MRDD county programs. The
40,000 feet will be utilized for warehouse rental space and/or
opportunities as they occur in the future.
Planning started in 2001
for a new facility.
One long-time U-CO employee is looking forward to the new
Mamie Murphy, a U-CO employee at the present location for 28
said, "I can't wait to have a real big new place to work. I have
here a long, long time and it's too crowded here. I'm going to
coming to work everyday because I get bored sitting at home all
A ribbon cutting is planned for the summer after renovation
completed, said U-CO Adult Services Director Jesse Roberts.
committee will plan and prepare for the future opportunities
that will be
provided to those with disabilities in Union County.
The new facility will
include a business incubator for people with
disabilities who wish to start
their own business as well as more space
for rehabilitation and skill
development to help people with
disabilities live independently and to be
successful in employment. At
present U-CO offers these programs on a limited
basis in three separate
facilities with a waiting list. With the new
facility, all divisions
will be housed in one building and the waiting list
will be eliminated.
Pryce widens lead
Union County provisional votes extend incumbent advantage
By CINDY BRAKE
The congressional race between Democrat Mary Jo
Kilroy and Republican
Deborah Pryce widened Tuesday after the Union County
Board of Elections
conducted their official count for the Nov. 7 general
Kilroy gained 102 additional provisional and absentee votes
Congressional District 15. Incumbent Pryce gained an additional
votes. One write-in vote was cast.
Other counties in District 15 have
yet to release their official counts.
Franklin and Madison counties,
reportedly, will release their official
count on Monday. The law requires the
official count to be certified
within 21 days that the ballots were cast.
Tuesday is the final day.
Pryce now leads Kilroy by 3,358 - 101,814 to
Franklin County, reportedly, has as many as 19,500 uncounted
and provisional ballots. Madison County reportedly has 275
votes and 207 absentee ballots that have yet to be counted.
unofficial count in Franklin County is 87,661 for Kilroy and 82,771
Pryce; and in Madison County, 4,921 for Kilroy and 8,077 for
Union County's official count is 5,620 for Kilroy and 10,966 for
and 71 write-ins.
Vote by vote, the four-member Union County Board
of Elections reviewed
the law as they considered whether to qualify a few
Some of the situations appeared clear-cut, while others
obvious. The majority of the provisional and absentee ballots
counted without question.
Board members Dave Moots, Jack Foust, Bob
Parrott and Max Robinson voted
that three provisional votes be disqualified
because the individuals had
not returned within 10 days with identification.
Also disqualified were
ballots with signatures that do not match.
worker error played a part in 12 provisional ballots cast in the
precinct. While accepting the votes, Moots said he did not want to
precedent, but allow an exception at this time because of the new
equipment used countywide during this election.
Parrott did not vote with the
majority voted to accept provisional votes
cast by individuals who had also
received absentee ballots. The board
referred to the Ohio Revised Code on the
matter. Parrott said the
ballots did not meet the exception and that the
board was setting a
precedent in accepting one of the ballots.
business, the board:
. Learned that special elections are being considered by
in February and Marysville Schools in May.
. Discussed the
need to find permanent storage space for voting
next meeting is Dec. 12.
Who's to blame for South Park flooding?
say city tile needs replaced, others feel cause is
By RYAN HORNS
Is increased development at Adena
Point causing more flooding at South
Park, or is it just due to heavy October
Residents around South Park, located just off Route 38, have
for months that the more Adena Pointe develops, the more water
filled into their back yards. The land has increasingly become a
for flooding because of broken drainage tiles, but the flooding is
now then it has ever been. The only change is Adena Pointe.
Engineer Phil Roush does not agree.
"Adena Pointe is not the problem," he
Roush said he had his inspectors walk around South Park and
determined the clogged drainage tiles lie only in the park, not
Pointe. The city must make the repairs because it lies on its
"We're going to replace it all this winter," Roush said. "We're going
replace the tile all the way through South Park."
Seymour, Alan Seymour, councilman Dan Fogt and another
disagree that it is the city's problem. They said
flooding wasn't always an
issue with South Park because historically it
used to be a cornfield.
Drainage tiles broke down at some point, due to
age. Then Adena Pointe came
in and began working and it suddenly became
"You don't have to
be an Einstein to figure it out," Rowland Seymour said.
councilman Mark Reams said the flooding has more to do with
heavy rains this
year. However, the Oct. 26 city council meeting minutes
show that Rowland
Seymour said before the Adena Point development began,
South Park was dry
about 80 percent of the year. He said at the meeting
that the park had been
wet "for about 1 1/2 months and there has been no rain."
Weather Service reported this morning that October had the
rainfall on record for the month - based on figures
documented in Columbus.
The service also reported that November has had
City Public Service Director Tracie Davies said that within the
weeks city crews could begin repairing the tiles.
But for some
residents and council members that is not soon enough.
frustrating," councilman Ed Pleasant said. "I think we need
to put some
priority into this."
Tracie said city crews are too busy doing fall leaf
cleanup. If they
stopped the residents would certainly complain.
said residents around South Park have already been complaining
Davies said they could check with the mayor to see about holding
pickup, but the real problem is having enough workers to do what
need to do.
In other business, members discussed plans for a traffic
study to help
clear up traffic around East Fifth Street.
Roush said he
hopes to look into a future second corridor or possibly
adding more lanes to
Delaware Avenue. He feels the main issue with
traffic congestion in the east
is that neighborhoods such as Greenwood
Colony or London Avenue don't have a
direct route to that side of town.
They only have to access Main Street or
Delaware Avenue, so they use
those roads and it adds to the congestion. He
sit down with council at some point and talk
specifics on projects and priorities.
Roush said that last month he
proposed bringing in DLZ Engineering to
look into long-term solutions to
Marysville's East Side traffic
congestion. He said the situation remains the
same because nothing has
moved forward from there.
Fogt brought up the
prospect of updating the city's comprehensive plan,
which he said has also
been discussed by councilwoman Leah Sellers. He
wondered if the East Side
traffic congestion plans could be added to that.
"Any studies we do that
impact an area can be included in the
comprehensive plan," Roush
Pleasant said they need to look into ideas such as making certain
one way that lead to the east side, adding roundabouts and such.
have to start looking at some very innovative things," he said.
expressed frustration over studies and the timeliness of
them. They need to
find out the cost, look at what is out there and then
go after it.
said TIF revenue is expected to help pay for issues like this, but
it will be
a few years before the city can use those funds toward
Fogt said his concern is to not make the traffic study's
scope too small.
Roush said if the scope is too broad the plans may be too
expensive to implement.
Area officials crack down on counterfeit
By RYAN HORNS
Union County Sheriff's investigators have cracked
down on so-called
"purse parties" going on throughout the county.
16 sting in Richwood brought to light how Columbus area suspects
organizing parties around the region to sell illegally
counterfeit high-end merchandise resembling the world's
Charges ranging from third-degree felony trademark
first-degree felony racketeering, to third-degree felony
laundering are now under investigation against a 17-year-old
female. Her name will not be released because changes have not
filed at this time.
Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said the
charges could put the
juvenile in jail for up to 10 years if she is convicted
He said many women invited to these purse parties have
no idea they are
illegal. Most thought the events were akin to Tupperware
reality is that party organizers can make thousands of dollars a
from the sales and the money is then split with companies overseas,
in turn fund further criminal activities.
"Some of them have been
misled," Union County Sheriff's Lt. Jamie Patton
said about the women hosting
Phillips said Patton was in charge of the Union County
working jointly with Franklin County deputies. The plan was to
home on North Columbia Avenue in Columbus which was suspected of
the supplier's residence. Another home was being watched on
Street in Richwood, where the party was expected to be held.
September, Phillips said he began hearing about numerous purse
which counterfeit trademarked items from such high-end
companies like Coach,
Louis Vuitton, Gucci and more were sold at private
homes. The purses were
falsely represented as slightly damaged goods,
sold at cheaper prices. In
fact, the purses were counterfeit replicas,
mostly made in places like
Phillips said law enforcement knew that the parties were going on,
investigators lacked specific evidence until they learned of an
expected to happen at a home on Ottawa Street in Richwood on Nov. 10.
said some 40 people were expected to attend. The woman hosting
party agreed to cancel the 40-some guests and instead invited a
"We have heard of dozens in the past month,"
Phillips said. "We finally
found a host who cooperated."
sheriff's investigator Jon Kleiber watched a red van load up
on North Columbia Avenue in Columbus. Two known female
the 17-year-old charges are pending against, were
expected to drive the van
into Union County to take merchandise to the
party. The same van later
showed up at the Ottawa Street home and one
of the suspects began unloading
12 bags containing purses, wallets,
sunglasses, watches and jewelry bearing
the trademarks of Coach, Gucci,
Dooney and Bourke, Burberry, Louis Vuitton,
Kate Spade, Prada, Fendi,
Rollex, Christian Dior, Tiffany, Armani, Chanel and
Hugo Boss. A second
female suspect was not in the van as expected. In her
place was a
24-year-old man who was driving. No charges are pending against
At the Richwood home, sheriff's deputies pretended to be
purchased $700 worth of items from the 17-year-old suspect. The
told undercover deputies that she had conducted about 12 purse
month over the last year. The merchandise was provided through a
events organizer on North Columbia Avenue in Columbus. The
daughter conducted the training for sales.
Phillips said that
after deputies confiscated the merchandise at the
Richwood home, a search
warrant was conducted at the Columbus home.
Inside the garage and basement
were countless amounts of counterfeit
"We discovered the mother
load," Phillips said. "They just had hundreds
of purses in their garage and
Nationally, law enforcement are reportedly more concerned about
purses ending up for sale at discount retailers. Stores such as
and Sam's Club were forced to remove some items from their shelves
Columbus after learning some of their merchandise was
Phillips said he spoke to the distributors of these
who reported that they do not supply slightly damaged
goods for sale.
"If there is a flaw, then they just don't sell it," Phillips
Case of meningitis reported
From J-T staff reports:
of Aseptic (Viral) Meningitis has been reported to the Union
County Board of
A board spokesman said the local agency received a report Nov. 16
Grady Memorial Hospital's lab stating that a 17-year-old female has
confirmed as having Viral Meningitis. Marysville High School
a letter Nov. 17 to parents from principal Greg Hanson stating
female is a student.
"Viral Meningitis is much less severe than
Bacterial Meningitis. Most
people sustain no permanent damage from the
virus," said Jennifer Thrush
of the Union County Health Department. "It is
serious, but rarely
To date, Union County has had three unrelated
cases of Viral Meningitis
this year. In 2005, there was one confirmed case in
Union County and
1,074 in Ohio. In 2004, the county had a mini-outbreak
and October with 15 cases reported involving individuals
ranging in age
from 7 to 9 years.
Meningitis is an infection of the fluid
in the spinal cord and the fluid
that surrounds the brain. Knowing whether
meningitis is caused by a
virus or bacterium is important because the
severity of illness and
treatment differ," state a fact sheet from the health
"Diagnosis is made from a sample of spinal fluid detecting the
treatment is needed other than bed rest, plenty of fluids and
to relieve fever and headache."
Symptoms include fever, head
aches, lack of appetite, stomach pain,
nausea, vomiting and stiff
The virus is transferred by respiratory droplets - coughs and
Thrush said, and the best defense is hand washing. She also
individuals against sharing water bottles.
Viral Meningitis is
more common among younger children and occurs more
often in early fall.
Triad athletes will face higher requirements to stay eligible
The Triad school board voted Monday night to accept an athletic
change that would gradually raise the required grade point average
student athletes from 1.67 to 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The change will be
place by the 2008-2009 school year.
Currently student athletes must
maintain a 1.67 GPA and have five
graduation credits. In March, the board
passed a recommendation by the
Triad Athletic Council to raise this year's
required GPA from last
year's 1.65. Under the new changes, student athletes
will be required to
have a 1.8 GPA for the 2007-2008 school year. The board
additional requirements in regard to lettering in sports and
Kyle Huffman, high school principal, presented the
safe harbor program
policy. The program, reportedly, was implemented to
assist students with
study skills, most specifically those students moving
from the middle
school to the high school. Up until 2002, all district middle
school students were housed in the same school building.
said that with the new high school building a need has presented
to facilitate students moving from the middle school to the high
In personnel matters, the board approved contracts for
to fill in for district treasurer Maureen Scott for an
unknown period of
time. Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger said Scott's absences
personal and family reasons. Contracts for $35 an hour were extended
Jill Smith for fiscal services and Stacy Gratz for consulting
The contracts are offered on an as-needed basis with a maximum of
hours per week plus mileage. Randy Moore, board vice-president,
approved to serve as secretary-treasurer pro-tem in the event of
absence at board meetings.
The board voted to allow Carolyn Reid,
bus driver, to give five sick
days to Tina Wells, bus driver. Wells has been
absent for the purpose of
caring for her husband who has cancer. The district
consulted with the
Triad Teachers' Association and the Ohio Association of
Employees in reference to the request. Both unions left the
to the discretion of the school board. Reid is aware that once
have been donated to Wells they are no longer available for her use.
days will also be withdrawn from her employement record.
said the district would begin accepting bids for one school
later this month. Notices will appear in newspapers
between Nov. 27 and Dec.
4 with bids being opened on Dec. 13.
The board voted to hold the January
organizational, budget and regular
meetings on Jan. 11 to comply with state
mandates, which require all
boards to hold their first yearly board meeting
before Jan. 15. Regular
meetings will resume on the third Monday of each
month in February.
In other news, the board:
.Heard a presentation by Dee
Dee Smith and Casey Stepp on their high
school project dealing with
individual duplicity. Each presentation
included visual representations and
.Approved Tina Wells' family and medical leave without pay to
all sick leave has been exhausted. Leave will continue until
notice for the purpose of caring for her husband.
various supplemental grant funded positions.
.Approved various supplemental
and classified positions.
.Accepted the resignation of Tara Perry as MS OISM
academic team member
.Approved Charlene Palmer and
Patrick Johnson as tutors.
.Approved a transportation agreement with Lorraine
and Mark Skinner for
$10 per day retroactive to Aug. 24.
policy updates and revisions
.Approved beverage-marketing agreement between
Bottlers, Inc. and Triad Local School
.Approved contract for services for Tom Diebold for Lexia Phonics
Assessment training and Marge Haney as curriculum consultant.
to be paid from Title IIA grant.
.Approved various uses of
.Approved Pam Marceau as substitute secretary for the
2006-2007 school year.
.Heard report from Annette Rittenhouse, board
member, about her
attendance at the three-day Capital Conference sponsored by
School Boards Association.
.Learned that the district network
server located at the high school
will be replaced within the next six weeks.
The new server will allow
for updates and more file storage space.
board adjourned into executive session to discuss pending legal
action was taken. The next regular board meeting will be on
Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.
in the elementary library.
NU changes focus of middle school
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
At North Union Middle School home economics is
being put on the back burner.
In a move that may signal the importance of
computers over stoves and
sewing machines, the North Union Board of Education
voted 3-1 Monday
night to change the home economics-style family life science
a career/business technology course. Board president Jon Hall was
from the meeting.
A family life science (FLS)-type class will
continue to be offered at
the high school.
"The tools for the 21st century
are vastly different," North Union
Superintendent Richard Smith told the
The move will not go into effect until the 2009-2010 school year,
had to be addressed now because the change would be factored into
design of a new middle school planned for the district.
The move did
not go forward without objections.
Middle school FLS teacher Linda Davis
stressed the importance of the
course, which teaches such skills as cooking,
management, parenting and career choices.
"This is a
rural community where family values are important," Davis said.
she felt the taxpayers of the district had been "kept in the
dark" in regard
to the planned move and felt residents should have had
an opportunity to
"In just two short months the program is on the chopping
block," Davis said.
She also noted that the course is not costly to the
North Union receives a $10,000 supplemental payment from the
Lifelong NU district resident Tammy Fout said she
took home economic
courses at North Union and had three children do the same.
She said she
uses the skills she learned in the course everyday and would
hate to see
the class lost.
Kristen Neal also said she took part in the
program and found the
nutritional information especially useful, noting the
upward trend in
obesity and heart disease among Americans as proof that such
is needed in schools.
"It would be a huge mistake," Neal
Dennis Hall, the lone board member voting against the move, said he
the vote was premature. He noted that more than half of the
schools in the state have such programs.
Hall said the role of the
district is to provide the best possible
future for all North Union
graduates, not just those who go on to college.
Smith said the move is
meant to raise expectations and advance course
offerings. The middle school
course would teach students keyboarding and
computer skills as well as career
Many of the skills taught in the FLS course will be molded into
other subject areas.
The middle school career/business technology course
would count as a
high school credit and would free up students to focus on
changing graduation requirements, Smith said. With three years to
it would allow the district to transition Davis into another
position Smith added.
Board member Bryan Bumgarner said the board
relies on the administrative
team to make recommendations on curriculum
changes that will advance the district.
"Times are changing and that
dictates tough decisions," he said.
In other business, the board:
from district treasurer Scott Maruniak that income tax
collection for the
quarter was higher than projected.
.Approved an overnight trip for the middle
and high school student
councils to attend the Ohio Association of Student
Conference at Fort Jennings High School on April 27 and
.Approved one-year limited expiring supplemental contracts for
Bayer, head varsity girls track coach, Bruce Hoover, drug free
coordinator, and Greg White, head varsity boys track
.Approved Eric Shields and Ron Tingley as volunteers working with
boys basketball program pending BCII clearance.
board learns of education system in the U.K.
By KARLYN BYERS
Davies, a vice-principal in the United Kingdom, addressed the
of Education Monday night, talking about the
similarities and differences in
school children in America and England.
Pupils in the U.K. have a higher
level of cynicism, he said. And
although the educational "diets" of children
in the two countries are
similar, the way they are instructed by their
teachers is different.
The school where Davies is administrator houses 1,150
pupils, ranging in
age from 11 to 18. It is located near Plymouth, England,
southwestern part of the country.
Davies will remain in Ohio until
Dec. 4. He is residing with Pat Lucas,
Fairbanks Middle School principal, and
her husband. In January, Lucas
will travel to England for a six-week stay
with Davies and his wife and
son. Their exchange trips are part of a
Fulbright Administrator Exchange Program.
"The kids are just enjoying him
to death," Lucas said.
She added that Davies has proven to be a good sport.
School pupils are studying the Revolutionary War and Davies
has taken a
lot of ribbing with good grace.
Lynn Taylor, Fairbanks High
School French teacher who stayed in France
during the 2005-2006 school year
as part of a Fulbright exchange
program, also addressed board members. She
was seeking approval of a
proposed exchange trip to France for nine FHS
students. It would take
place during spring break and would be followed by a
fall 2007 trip to
Fairbanks by about 12 French students, she said, as part of
program. Board members expressed concern about school liability
requested Fairbanks Treasurer Aaron Johnson to check into the
insurance coverage. Board members then unanimously approved the
provided insurance concerns can be satisfactorily answered.
business, the board:
. Extended its thoughts and prayers to Superintendent
Jim Craycraft and
his family upon the death of his mother-in-law. Craycraft
from Monday night's meeting.
. Changed the 2007 graduation date
from Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m. to
Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m.
the termination of Eric "Gordie" Spradlin, full-time
. Approved a supplemental contract for Mark Lotycz,
Assistance Team member.
. Accepted resignations from Jeff
Powell, head track coach, and Andy
Pinkerton, head soccer coach.
athletic contracts for Larry Albanese, volunteer assistant
and Chris Luke, middle school wrestling coach.
. Approved Lori Purcell,
substitute cook and substitute educational
aide, and Kimberly Jones,
full-time custodian, as classified personnel
for the 2006-2007 school
. Rescinded a resolution approved on Oct. 16 and accepted
resignation of Adelaide Vanderpool, elementary media aide,
effective Jan. 1.
. Approved a 12-week Family Medical Leave of Absence for
. Entered into executive session to discuss personnel. No action
Jerome Trustees address concerns from the public
Jerome Township's three trustees listened to a lot of complaints
Monday's regular meeting.
Concerns ranged from road kill to a
Trustee Bob Merkle said he received calls about three dead
along the roadways. He said there was some question about
along Jerome Road was the responsibility of the township or
has annexed township land. Trustees Ron Rhodes and Andrew
concurred that the governmental entity in charge of the roads should
responsible for the deer removal. In other words, if a deer dies on
county road, then the county should be responsible. Merkle said
township personnel removed and buried two of the dead deer.
citizens then complained about zoning coordinator Kathleen Crowley.
was not present at the meeting.
Jeanette Harrington, chairman of zoning
appeals, asked the trustees to
have Crowley monitor or enforce conditional
use permits. The trustees
asked Harrington for more specific information. She
said her group has
not received any written complaints about violations and
this was just an inquiry.
Former trustee Freeman May then complained that
Crowley offers no
reports or zoning enforcement. When asked for a more
the topic of signs in the public right of way was
Harrington, later speaking on behalf of various unnamed residents,
what was going on with a car lot in the township that is
outside of proper zoning. Thomas said Crowley has been working
diligently" the last 60 days on the matter.
In answering another
citizen's concerns about the township considering
an annexation agreement
with Marysville, trustee Rhodes said the move
was an attempt to put the
township back together.
"Referendums have done a lot of damage," Rhodes said.
retorted that it was Rhodes' opinion.
Thomas added that he
doesn't want the township to be overrun. He said
the progressive move would
In other business:
. Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson
attended the meeting and spoke
briefly about the next steps to take after the
failure of a township
police protection levy. The trustees suggested
scheduling a meeting to
discuss options with other townships, including
. The trustees discussed a request from the zoning board chairman
zoning board members to attend a Dec. 7 planning meeting about
authorities. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Union
Services Center in Marysville. Merkle said the zoning board has
authority over community authorities. All three trustees agreed
they did not want to expend $60 for each zoning board member to
the meeting, although they were welcome to attend the public meeting
their own. Merkle added that he thought after the first of the year
trustees should revisit board member compensation, noting that Jerome
one of few townships paying such a high rate per meeting and also
for board members to attend outside meetings.
. The trustees agreed
to cap the township hall well, although they did
not have an actual cost for
. The trustees voted to increase insurance on the township hall
$450,000 from $284,776 and increase the deductible from $500 to
The annual rate will increase by $86. The building's replacement
was determined to be $430,000.
. The trustees then recessed into
executive session to discuss potential
litigation and employee
Community Thanksgiving meal ready to serve 1,200
Eighty-seven turkeys, 65 pounds of sweet potatoes, 80 pounds of
beans, 80 pounds of potatoes, 21 pounds of cranberry sauce, 200 pies
40 pounds of stuffing. That's how much food it takes to feed about
community members who have no one else to share Thanksgiving with
who find themselves in financial need this year.
That's also how
much food volunteers and the faithful from a variety of
churches prepare each
year, as Marysville answers a very real need in
our beautiful town of Marysville is stepping up to the call,"
Whipple, one of the community Thanksgiving meal's organizers.
traditional meal will be served at First United Methodist's
This is a departure from the Catholic Community Center,
where roughly 8,000
meals have been served the past 13 years.
Last year about 1,200 meals were
served, a number that has remained
fairly consistent the past several years,
Whipple said. Preparing that
many meals involves a lot of volunteers, and
sometimes they get in each
"Last year we were just bursting
at the seams," Whipple said. So this
year, Beth Marshall, treasurer of the
Thanksgiving dinner committee,
approached Pastor Ken Daft of First
"He's a very community minded person," Whipple said of the pastor
arrived this summer to shepherd the flock at the South Court
church. She added he even convinced the church to install some
outlets to accommodate all the roasters and electrical appliances
to prepare the food.
Whipple said the committee appreciates all the
support and hard work
extended by Our Lady of Lourdes which spearheaded the
project and which has housed the meal preparations until
"In the future, we hope to develop a rotation schedule so that no
church is overburdened with hosting the event every year," Whipple
in a written communication to the Journal-Tribune.
"When the dinner
first started, the idea was to pass around the
ownership in order to allow
all denominations a chance to give back to
began Sunday, when donations were accepted at First UMC. As
of Monday night,
Whipple said things were actually ahead of schedule.
Food donations are no
longer needed, but Whipple said monetary gifts may
be dropped off at the
church this week between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Youths at First Presbyterian
Church will make about 50 apple, cherry and
peach pies and 50 pumpkin pies
Wednesday. This is a five-year tradition
that supplements the pies that are
purchased and given by others to the committee.
"A lot of the people call
up and ask what they can bring and we say
'pies!'" Whipple said. That's
because each family that is delivered a
Thanksgiving meal gets a whole pie,
Volunteers also are needed, especially Thursday between noon and 3
to help in the kitchen and from 10:30 to 11 a.m. to deliver. But
said the greatest need is Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to
"Just show up," she said.
Two fires, two lives lost
Father discusses losing two children in blazes
seven year apart
By RYAN HORNS
"I can't let myself get down. You just got
to keep moving forward,"
Steven Crider said. "Thomas would have wanted
For the second time in seven years Steven has lost his only child to
a house fire.
His two-year-old son Thomas Adam Crider was pronounced dead
at the scene
after a Monday house fire at 232 S. Paint St. in Chillicothe.
County Coroner John Gabis said the preliminary autopsy shows the
died from smoke inhalation and thermal burns.
The loss was made even
worse by the fact that Steven has never gotten
over the death of his
2-year-old daughter, Tammy Crider, after a 1999
house fire in Marysville. It
is the coincidence of losing two children
to eerily similar circumstances
that has led Steven to feel ostracized
by his community.
"It's going to be
much more difficult," Steven said. "I was trying to
move forward after the
first time and then seven or eight years later and 'wham.'"
He feels like
he is being followed by a black cloud.
"I'm disappointed in why it keeps
happening," Steven said. "It seems
every time I walk down the street
everybody's looking at me again."
He said many people believe he was in the
Chillicothe home when the fire
started, but he was in Marysville and had not
seen his son for weeks. He
also expressed anger at having his past exposed
again to the public for
charges associated with the 1999 Marysville house
fire that killed his
daughter. Steven was sentenced to 12 years in prison for
third-degree felony involuntary manslaughter counts and one
felony endangering children charge associated with the fire. He
later given a judicial release after only a few months, while
childrens' mother, Teresa Brannon, remains in prison for violating
Steven acknowledges that he shared the blame for the loss of
daughter in that 1999 fire because the messy conditions inside the
increased the likelihood of a blaze.
Steven said he was not at either
home when the fires started.
"Monday at 3:30 p.m.," he said, "they called to
say there was a fire and
(Thomas) didn't make it."
Steven currently lives
on Milford Avenue, in a house owned by Leona
Ellinger and her husband, Scott.
They have all been best friends for
years and each had grown close to the
children who ultimately died in the fires.
During a Thursday morning
interview, Steven spoke about his son's death,
often letting Leona speak for
him, as he placed his head in his hands to listen.
Leona said Steven still
sleeps with a photograph of his daughter above
his bed. That photo may now be
joined by his son's.
"You do not really get over it," Leona said. "I feel
like we didn't even
get to say good-bye . The second time is very
Steven said the circumstances that led to his son being in
had to do with a custody battle with his ex-wife and mother
Thomas, Megan Carter.
Leona explained that six months ago Steven and
Carter got divorced.
Carter then moved to Richwood with their son and they
Carter ended up meeting a man, got engaged, and moved into
his home in
Chillicothe with Thomas.
Steven said it is upsetting that some
people think he had something to
do with the Chillicothe fire. Because of
custody disputes with Carter,
he said he has been unable to have as much
contact with his son as he hoped.
The last time he saw his son alive was
on Oct. 30, the day before
Halloween. Steven said Thomas was supposed to come
back the next day to
go trick-or-treating with him in Marysville. He said
Carter did not
allow this to happen.
According to reports, Carter was
inside the house in Chillicothe on
Monday when the fire started. When
firefighters arrived at the scene she
was reportedly outside shouting for
people to help get her son out. She
had suffered burns to her hand and was
reportedly released from the Ohio
State University Medical Center
"They still don't know the cause of the fire," Leona said.
said there was some speculation that it was due to space heaters,
cause remains under investigation.
"He is really going to be missed by a lot
of people," Steven said about his son.
Leona and Steven describe Thomas as
a fun loving boy who enjoyed being
outdoors fishing and spending time playing
with his German shepherd mix dog "Holly."
She said they nicknamed Thomas
'Squeaky" because he had the appetite of a mouse.
"I swear his favorite
food was cheese," Leona said.
In the weeks leading up to the Richwood Fair,
Steven said that he set
out to build a car to race in the Demolition Derby.
The irony was that
the car wasn't meant for destroying, it was meant to bring
together. He said he built the car to help take his son's mind off
fact that his parents were getting divorced.
"That car is still
sitting in the driveway," Steven said. "That car was
built, nothing but for
Water rate hike tabled
Informal study shows city residents pay
more than those in other area
By RYAN HORNS
Kruse promised no new taxes before he took office, instead
ending up opting
for utility rate increases. Now some residents think
those increases may have
gone too far.
At Thursday night's Marysville City Council meeting two
questioned the need for an increase to city water rates. Because
their concerns, the ordinance was tabled until the Dec. 7
meeting. The city finance committee will now meet to discuss the
in detail and come back with their results.
Resident Ester Carmany
cited seven reasons council should turn down the
water rate increase. Among
those, she pointed out that council meetings
were rescheduled due to the
Thanksgiving holiday - perhaps rushing
through an important piece of
legislation. The ordinance to increase
water rates was set to be enacted in
three weeks, instead of the normal
five-week time period.
public were denied the normal meeting time to jump into
Carmany also suggested the city compare its rates with those of
cities and look at other ways of raising money to offset the cost
that residents are not paying for new development.
have some rights too." she said. "If this option were
placed on the ballot,
how many of you really think that this would pass?"
Carmany said that the
new rate increase would mean an extra $25 a month
for her. If a grocery store
asked her to pay that much extra a month she
Resident Lloyd Baker did a considerable amount of homework on the
rate increase, which led to his further study on all the combined
increases enacted since 2000. His efforts focused on the Water
Wastewater Master Plans.
In those studies, Baker said, city finance
director John Morehart was
able to help him find an error in engineering firm
Water Master Plan. A chart comparing Marysville rates to
other cities in
the region used a wrong figure, less than the city's actual
Ultimately, it was a minor mistake.
Baker said he only brought it
up to highlight a "substantial
difference." At $44.13 the chart shows
Marysville having the highest
water rates among cities like Urbana,
Lancaster, Columbus, Delaware,
Canal Winchester, the Del-Co Water Company and
Fairfield County. It was
supposed to be $48.28, meaning Marysville is
He explained that since 2000 there have been rate
increases to sewer,
water, refuse and stormwater bills, totaling up to a
increase for residents over a seven year period. Some of the
increases already enacted are set to automatically increase from year
"To clarify my point," Baker said. "I think the total package of
needs to be evaluated."
City councilman Dan Fogt agreed, saying
that he conducted a study of how
Marysville rates compare to other
"We are the highest," he said. "I think that is too much to ask
residents to pay for."
Fogt suggested cutting back the water rate to
an overall 5 percent
increase, instead of the first year at 5 percent and
then four more
years at 8 percent. The city could make up the extra money by
its operations budget.
Council president John Gore also pointed
out that the city is ending
2006 with a $3.5 million surplus in its general
fund, much more than expected.
Kruse defended the water rate increase by
stating that there are
numerous important projects in the city's plans, from
treatment plant, paving streets, the reservoir and the
relocation of the
fire department. Because previous administrations created
funded local government, steps must now be taken to correct
"If we don't raise rates now," he said, "we will have to
raise them down
the road in much larger increments."
Kruse added that
Marysville has a lower tax rate than the other cities
Baker mentioned which
has forced the city to offset that through utility rates.
Burke agreed with the mayor, adding that the city only
recently purchased its
own water system and is still paying that off.
Older cities in the region did
this a long time ago.
Burke stressed that council has made efforts to make
new development pay
for itself. They have increased tap-in fee rates for new
increased multi-family tap-in rates per units for apartments.
are working on tap-in fee indexing, which will keep rates
with inflation so the city doesn't fall behind again.
a great deal of capital improvements yet to be done," Kruse
said. "I would
violently oppose taking general revenue money and
transferring it to water or
sewer to keep rates down."
In other discussions:
. Several residents have
inquired about the status of South Park and the
increased flooding in that
area. The next Public Service meeting will
specifically address South Park
and its members have invited
representatives of Adena Pointe to come to the
meeting to provide
insight into their plans to control flooding possibly
caused by their
. Kruse spoke again of his plans to create a
quarterly newsletter to
address city business. The first edition of the
newsletter is almost
complete and he expects to have that mailed out to all
households within the first week of December.
State pride growing at Scotts offices
From J-T staff reports:
Miracle-Gro Company, headquartered in Marysville, appears, at
least for this
week, to have created a new line of products in support
of The Ohio State
University - Michigan football game, and also
undergone some major
A lawn spreader filled with bags of product had buckeyes
the bottom with a sign stating "A new use for a Scott's
Michigan Fans into Buckeyes." Some of the new product names
"Michigan B Gone," "Buckeyes Pure Premium," "Wolverine Preventer"
"Fanatical Buckeye Fan Control".
One look at the Customer Services
Team area Thursday afternoon and it
was obvious that Scotts Miracle-Gro was
"out of stock" of "Fanatical
Buckeye Fan Control."
The area was awash in a
sea of scarlet and gray with a dab of maize and blue.
OSU music set the
theme while helium and arched balloons were
everywhere. Michigan marshmallows
were roasting over artificial fire
logs while OSU rugs, banners, quilts, red
lights and a blow-up Brutus
also adorned the desks and tables along with
homemade buckeye candies,
chips and salsa and an OSU decorated cookie. The
uniform of the day was
just as extreme with face stickers, camouflage scarlet
and gray slacks
and OSU sweat shirts galore.
Off to one side, a couple
Michigan fans hung their favorite teams
banners and a Notre Dame fan also
brought out a few school items.
The mania began earlier in the week when
Bonnie Hohlbein, vice president
of finance, challenged the four teams to have
fun in the work place.
"It's been great," Hohlbein said after distributing
prizes that included
more OSU paraphernalia.
Helping with the judging was
Jim Hagedorn, Scotts Miracle-Gro chairman
and chief executive
"Everybody's done a crazy job," he declared before announcing that
were prizes for everyone.
Effect of Issue 5 cloudy
By CINDY BRAKE
Smokers have 21 more
days to enjoy a public puff.
On Dec. 8 the rules change when Ohio's new
smoking ban, passed Nov. 7
with 58 percent voter approval statewide and 57
becomes law. The law prohibits smoking almost everywhere
people meet to
work or play. The only exceptions are tobacco shops,
rooms and enclosed areas of nursing homes.
"I don't think
it's going to hurt Benny's Pizza," said restaurant owner
Fred Neumeier this
week about the law. "It's just a matter of getting
used to. We'll do what's
Currently the popular Marysville restaurant located at 968 Columbus
offers seating for both smokers and non-smokers. Neumeier said he
yet to work out the details on how his restaurant will deal with
He, like others, is waiting to see how the law will be enforced.
employees of the enforcement agency are waiting for answers.
the Union County Board of Health said they are already fielding
that they have no answers for. They like, everyone else, are
waiting for the
Ohio Department of Health to establish rules within the
next six months about
how the newest chapter in the Ohio Revised Code,
3974, will be enforced,
monitored and inspected. At least one public
hearing will be held during the
public process, states a ODH spokesman.
While nonsmokers and health officials
are celebrating the new law, some
individuals associated with local fraternal
organizations are less enthusiastic.
"It's going to hurt us," said Tom
Eirich, secretary for the local Eagle organization.
Eirich said on
average, 80 members visit daily and 80 percent of them
are smokers. If they
can't smoke, they won't stay and buy Bingo tickets.
That will limit the
amount of donations the group can forward to charities.
administrator of the Marysville Moose Family Center, agrees.
fraternal organizations contribute thousands of dollars to
charities in their communities. The proponents of Issue 5
say that nonsmokers
will replace the smokers in these organizations. I
certainly hope they were
not blowing smoke because local charities stand
to lose a lot of money if
these organizations go out of business," Clay
stated in a faxed
Local restaurant owner, Julia Andrews, is also concerned how the
will effect her business. Currently the Stockyard Steakhouse and
404 S. Oak St., allows smoking in the saloon area. A door separates
saloon area from the nonsmoking restaurant space.
"It's going to be a
problem because people like to drink and smoke," Andrews said.
separate liquor license for the patio area may prove to be a
plus for the
Stockyard, allowing patrons to both smoke and drink in the outdoor
Ohio follows several other states which have already enacted laws
limit smoking. According to information provided by the Union
Health Department, the other states that have enacted some type
smoking limitation include California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine,
Montanan, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Vermont and Washington.
The ODH will be establishing a Web site as
part of a program to educate
the public regarding the provisions of this new
law. The ODH Web site is
www.odh.ohio.gov; go to rules and
regulations; tab in the left-hand
column; and then click on the draft
Survey gauges community opinions on smoking
Union County voters mirrored the opinions voiced about smoking in
survey conducted earlier this year by the Union County
State Issue 5 dubbed "Smoke Free" passed in Union
County with 9,619
voters or 57.1 percent of the total saying yes and 7,228
voters or 42.9
percent marking a no on the ballot.
A June survey found 56
percent or 167 out of 299 respondents think that
smoking should not be
allowed at all in indoor dining areas of restaurants.
The new law, which
goes into effect Dec. 8, prohibits smoking in public
buildings and work
places including offices, meeting rooms, sales,
production and storage areas,
restrooms, stairways, hallways,
warehouses, garages and vehicles under direct
or indirect control of an
employer. The only exceptions are private
residences except when they
are used for child care; up to 20 percent of a
hotel's sleep rooms;
family-owned businesses where all employees are related
to the owner and
the public is not allowed, enclosed areas of a nursing home
residents' use only, retail tobacco stores, non-profit private
with no employees and freestanding outdoor patios.
The Union County
Community Health Survey found results for 2004 and 2006
The questions and findings are listed below with 2004 numbers
. In your entire life, have you ever smoked? 58 percent
yes (60 percent yes)
. In your entire life, have you smoked at least 100
percent yes (83 percent yes)
. Do you currently smoke every
day or some days? 63 percent responded
with a no adding that they had quit
more than a year ago (60 percent); 4
percent responded with a no that they
had quit within the past year (3
percent); 25 percent smoke every day (34
percent); and 8 percent smoke
some days (3 percent)
. On days when you
smoked during the past 30 days, about how many
cigarettes did you smoke a
day? 22 percent, more than a pack (8
percent); 33 percent, a pack or 20 (41
percent); 0 percent, 11 to 19 (17
percent); 14 percent, half a pack or 10 (23
percent); 31 percent, fewer
than 10 (11 percent)
. During the past 12
months, have you stopped smoking for one day or
longer because you were
trying to quit smoking? 40 percent yes (49 percent)
. When you tried to
quit smoking did you use any of the following
methods? 69 percent nothing (62
percent); 28 percent nicotine patch or
gum (26 percent); 0 percent hypnosis
or acupuncture (5 percent); 0
percent Quest cigarettes (3 percent); 0 percent
percent); 7 percent counseling or support group (3
percent); 0 percent
television program (3 percent); 7 percent quit line (0
. Of the services or methods you just indicated, which ones were
useful? 11 percent none (47 percent); 67 percent medication
percent); quit line 22 percent
. Are you seriously considering
stopping smoking within the next six
months? 51 percent yes (55 percent), 42
percent no (39 percent), 7
percent don't know (6 percent)
. During the
past 12 months, did any doctor, nurse or other health
professional advise you
not to smoke? 60 percent yes (50 percent)
. Are you aware of any stop smoking
programs currently being offered
within the community? 39 percent yes (30
percent); 62 percent no (66
percent); 2 percent don't know (4 percent)
What stop smoking programs are you aware of? 35 percent
center (45 percent); 15 percent other (25 percent); 29
percent don't know (12
percent); 14 percent community/public (11
percent); 17 percent work (9
percent); 0 percent school (3 percent)
. Not including yourself, how many of
the adults, 18 years and older,
who live in your household smoke cigarettes,
cigars or pipes? zero, 79
percent (77 percent); one, 18 percent (18 percent);
two to three, 3
percent (5 percent)
. Which statement best describes the
rules about smoking inside your
home? not allowed at all 70 percent (67
percent); not allowed in some
places/times 8 percent (8 percent); allowed
anywhere 3 percent (3
percent); no rules, 19 percent (21 percent)
statement best describes the rules about smoking inside your
car: not allowed
at all, 65 percent; not allowed some times 12 percent;
allowed any time 5
percent; no rules 18 percent (this is a new question in 2006)
Employment? fulltime outside the home 56 percent (54 percent);
percent (20 percent); homemaker 8 percent (10 percent);
parttime outside home
5 percent (8 percent); unable to work 4 percent (4
percent); out of work
seeking employment 2 percent (3 percent); student
1 percent (2 percent)
Which of the following best describes you place of work's official
policy for indoor public or common areas, such as lobbies, rest
rooms ....? No in public/common areas 68 percent (56
percent); allowed in
some public areas 26 percent (34 percent); no
official policy 6 percent (9
percent); allowed in all public/common
areas 0 percent (1 percent)
the past 12 months, has your employer offered any stop smoking
any other help to employees who want to quit smoking?
yes 34 percent (30
percent); no 55 percent (59 percent); don't know 11
percent (11 percent)
Would you prefer a stronger workplace smoking policy, a weaker
smoking policy or no change in your current policy? stronger
11 percent (10
percent); weaker 3 percent (1 percent); no change 84
percent (83 percent);
don't know 2 percent (6 percent)
. Would you be more willing to quit, less
willing to quit or would it
make no difference if a stop smoking program were
offered at your work
site? more 31 percent (29 percent); less 6 percent (0
difference 55 percent (63 percent); don't know 8 percent (8
. In the indoor dining area of restaurants, do you think that
should be allowed in all areas, some areas or not at all? some
percent (53 percent); not at all 56 percent (44 percent); all areas
percent (2 percent); don't know 2 percent (2 percent)
. Some cities and
towns are considering laws that would make restaurants
smoke-free, that is
eliminating all tobacco smoke from restaurants.
Would you support such a law
in your community? yes 62 percent (54
percent), no 33 percent (37 percent),
maybe/depends 3 percent (4
percent), don't know 2 percent (4 percent)
there were a total ban on smoking in restaurants, would you eat out
less or would it make no difference? more 16 percent (9 percent),
percent (8 percent), no difference 74 percent (82 percent),
don't know 0
percent (1 percent)
. Do you believe that breathing smoke from other people's
harmful to your health? yes 83 percent (87 percent), no 13 percent
percent), don't know 4 percent (5 percent)
The telephone survey was
conducted in July 2004 and April 2006 using a
random digit sample obtained
for Union County resulting in 203 (2004)
and 301 (2006) completed interviews
with Union County adult residents
aged 18 and older.
N. Lewisburg to sell municipal building
By CORINNE BIX
North Lewisburg has
agreed to sell the village municipal building to the
County Fire District for the appraised value of $300,000.
NECCFD feels without taxpayer support, whether they opt to
buy or continue
to rent the facility the outcome is the same, debt.
The NECCFD held a public
meeting Tuesday night after the regular monthly
village of North Lewisburg
council meeting. The informational meeting
brought the village council and
the fire board together to discuss the
future of the fire district.
NECCFD serves the villages of North Lewisburg and Woodstock and Rush
Wayne townships. Currently operating out of the North Lewisburg
building, the fire district pays rent on 5,286 square feet of space.
September, the village council voted to consider the proposal by the
to obtain an appraisal of the municipal building.
presented various financial scenarios on behalf of
the NEECFD at last night's
Hollingsworth has worked with the NEECFD over the past
several months to
calculate budget projections for the district.
council voted in April to raise the annual rent from $6,000 to
retroactive to Jan. 1, when the last contract expired.
Council also voted in
April to gradually increase the annual rent to
$25,000 by 2008. That averages
out to $5 per square foot of space used.
The village found this rate to be in
line with standard rental rates of
business properties, and Hollingsworth
If the building is purchased by the NECCFD for $300,000, it will
paying about $50 per square foot of space versus the average $140
square foot of space on a brand new building designed specifically to
a fire station and sleeping quarters.
Chief Dave Spain and Mayor Dick
Willis said that they are unified on
finding a common solution for all those
"It's all up to the taxpayers as far as what services they want,"
Ultimately, a levy will be considered within the next year.
residents pay 5.5 mills for the NECCFD. It is projected that about
mills would be needed to maintain the level of service after
in inflation, equipment costs and the need for more full-time
to balance a growing population.
Currently, on a $100,000 home
at 5.5 mills the average homeowner pays
$173.25 annually. If a 3.5 mill levy
were to pass, the same homeowner
would pay $283. per year.
council member and NEECFD volunteer, said the average cost
per day at 9 mills
would be less than the cost of a soft drink per day.
"It's become a
pay-to-play society," Keeran said.
The next regular council meeting will be
Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. The annual
village Christmas party will follow at 6:30
In other news, council:
.Heard the second reading of Ordinance No.
241 in regard to
water/sewer rate changes.
.Was updated on the Time Warner
Cable increase effective Dec. 1 for
basic service from $44.02 to $46.20 per
.Heard about a North Central Ohio Solid Waste Grant for $1,500
$2,700 for grinding brush into mulch.
.Heard that the village park
has been winterized.
.Received the monthly activity report for the village of
for the month of October. It reported 25 traffic citations
warnings issued for traffic violations; 15 incident reports; 16
assistance given to citizens; seven arrests made; three civil
criminal papers served; 51 follow-up investigations completed;
instances of juvenile contact and two civic activities
Fatal fire in Chillicothe has local connection
child who was killed also lost a daughter in a local blaze in 1999
Seven years after a 1999 blaze in Marysville killed his daughter,
area father has lost another child to a fire.
According to law
enforcement reports, 2 year-old Thomas Adam Crider was
pronounced dead at the
scene Monday following an afternoon house fire at
232 S. Paint St. in
Chillicothe. Firefighters have said the fire may
have started in the living
room of the home, which is where the boy was found.
According to Union
County Health Department records, Thomas Crider's
birth certificate confirms
that he was born at Memorial Hospital of
Union County. His father is Steven
Greg Crider, 32, of 620 Milford Ave.,
Marysville - a man who was convicted
locally for a February 1999 fire
that claimed the life of his daughter Tammy
Crider, 2, and another
child, Kaitlin Brannon, 4.
Ross County Coroner John
Gabis also confirmed this morning that the male
victim's father is Steven
On July 9, 1999, Steven Crider was sentenced to 12 years in prison
Union County Common Pleas Judge Richard E. Parrott for two counts
third-degree felony involuntary manslaughter and one third-degree
count of endangering children in connection with the local fire. He
released from prison in October 1999.
Teresa Brannon, 28, was the
mother of the two victims in 1999. She was
indicted on similar charges and
remains in prison today due to a parole violation.
The 1999 fire started
at Steven Crider's former home at 305 S. Walnut
St. Brannon and her three
daughters were in the home when the flames
erupted. Crider was not home at
An investigation determined that the home was littered with debris
the fire began because of carelessly discarded smoking
Chillicothe Fire Department Capt. Dave Russell has reported that
cause of Monday afternoon's fire had not been determined.
that the preliminary results of his autopsy on Thomas Crider
completed and list cause of death due to smoke
inhalation and thermal
Thomas Crider's mother, Megan Carter, 24, was reportedly outside
Chillicothe home when firefighters arrived. She was taken to Ohio
University Medical Center in Columbus for injuries. She remained
patient Tuesday, but reports indicate that family members did not
her condition released.
The victim's mother appears to have links to
Union County. According to
birth certificate records she lived at 118 1/2
Ottawa St. in Richwood at
the time of her son's birth.
who was in the home at the time of the fire, placed to
investigators were not returned this morning. The
Department also did not wish to comment on the fire investigation.
Village moves ahead with rate increase
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
for the 891 customers of Richwood appear headed for an increase.
council held first reading Monday on an measure to amend the
and sewer rates to add a $7 increase to the base rate for
services. Of that
money, $3 will go to water services, $3 will go to
sanitary sewer services
and $1 will go toward a storm sewer fund. The
increase will generate nearly
$75,000 to assist the village in supplying services.
Council member Wade
McCalf, chairman of the village utility committee,
said the operating costs
for utilities such as natural gas and
electricity have increased in recent
years and water and sewer services
are no different. Village financial
officer Don Jolliff said the village
is expending more money to operate the
water and sewer plants and that
money must be covered.
Prior to first
reading on the increase, laundromat operator James Baker
about the proposed increase. He said the volume of
water his business uses,
52,000 gallons last month, would force him to
pass on the increase to his
customers. Baker said 11 percent of his
operating costs are spent on water
and sewer services.
Baker also said that it could prove difficult for the
village to lure
new businesses if the utility rates increase. He said that a
rate, reducing the per-gallon price for high volume users, might be
option to look into.
Later in the meeting Jolliff noted that the
proposed increase is a flat
fee assessed to all users regardless of volume.
Whether the customer
uses the minimum amount or 52,000 gallons, the user pays
an additional $7.
McCalf noted that after 2007 a 3.5 percent increase on
the base rate
while be assessed. That increase will be monitored on a
basis to see if it is needed.
Council approved the first
reading of the increase by a 4-0 vote with
council members Von Beal and Scott
With the rate increase in motion, council also approved first
the 2007 annual budget. Revenue is projected at $1,532,270
expenditures are listed at $1,506,828.
In other business,
.Voted 4-0 on first reading for an ordinance establishing a
Department of Building Regulations. Council also voted 4-0
authorizing the Union County Building Department to handle
of the residential building code.
.Learned that the village is
responsible for the cost of indigent
counsel for misdemeanors, outside of
minor misdemeanors, when criminals
are cited under village codes rather than
.Voted 4-0 to renew the enterprise agreement for MAI
.Learned that the village has completed its brush chipping for
Leaf pickup will continue as weather permits.
Center mayor acknowledges levy support
By AUDREY HALL
Unionville Center mayor Denver Thompson
opened Monday's regular council
meeting by acknowledging all who supported
the property tax levy. The
levy passed by 49 to 45.
Lawn Plus completed
leaf pick up and under a separate contract also
cleaned the storm sewer
drops. The company also submitted the estimate
that was accepted for snow
removal. Lawn Plus will plow when two inches
or more snow
Repair of the council building floor was in the 2006 budget. One
of the floor has deteriorated to the point of being a safety hazard.
estimate from Lawn Plus for the replacement of the damaged section
flooring and the removal of the central chimney, a remnant of
stove days, was approved. The work is to be completed in
Licensing of golf carts was tabled until spring or until the
County Sheriff Department issues a decision on the inspection of
for safety features
There was discussion on the 2007 budget. Final
approval will be in December.
Council members present were Ron Griffith,
Mary Lou Morris, Brenda
Terry, Phil Rausch, Jim Weese, Peggy Williamson,
Thompson and clerk
treasurer Tracy Rausch.
The next meeting will be on
Honoring area veterans
Ground is broken for county monument
Ground was broken Saturday for a memorial to honor all Union
"Today it is a national holiday to honor all
veterans, past, present and
future. I want to emphasize all veterans. It is
meant to honor and thank
all who served honorably in the military - in
wartime or in peacetime,
and that is what this county memorial is meant to
do, especially for all
veterans who have ever lived in Union County," said
General Oscar Decker during the 11 a.m. ceremony on the
where the memorial will be located. The memorial will be
May 19, Armed Forces Day.
Decker said there are several
memorials in the county, but each has been
for a specific group of veterans.
This will be the first to honor all
county veterans. He said approximately
9,000 Union County citizens have
served since the Revolutionary War.
idea for recording and memorializing all county veteran information
started a number of years ago by Max Robinson when he was a
commissioner, Decker said. The idea lay dormant for several years
Ross Ingram, a WWII Merchant Marine veteran, was looking for
about the WWII board that had been up in Milford Center with the
of re-incarnating it for Union County. That led him to search for
WWII board that had been on the courthouse lawn. Neither could be
After talking with other veterans, and with the encouragement of
number of people and the county commissioners, that search
became a countywide effort to begin back at the Revolutionary War
honor all who served - past, present and future.
In late 2002, Ingram
began to organize an effort to build a county
memorial to all veterans who
have ever lived or will live in Union County.
"This is a dream come true,"
Ingram said after the rainy ceremony.
The $500,000 memorial plaza includes a
60-foot circle surrounding a
pentagon shape in pavers with a partial wall
forming the plaza. On the
front will be a stone with an engraving of an
eagle, shield, globe,
major wars and service emblems. The eagle will
symbolize vigilance to
protect. The shield shows determination to defend and
the globe stands
for the fronts on which the country's unity and freedoms are
Inscribed on the back will be 788 names of those killed in
missing in action, prisoners of war or died in service overseas
wartime. A computer kiosk will allow individuals to access
approximately 1,800 names and service information of ever veteran
has provided information.
Saturday's ceremony included music by the
quintet from the 555th Air
National Guard Band of the Great Lakes, followed
by the ringing of the
church bells. The bells rang for two minutes at the
11th hour on the
11th day of the 11th month - the first Armistice Day was
this date in 1919.
Motorcycle accident claims man's life
From J-T staff reports:
Gilead man was killed Thursday in a motorcycle crash in
Delaware, just across
the Union County line.
According to Delaware State Highway Patrol reports, at
10:40 a.m. Jason
L. Streich, 22, was riding a 1999 Kawasaki ZX7R motorcycle
Route 4 and was passing several vehicles.
At the same time
driver Danielle McKinnon, 46, of 27 George St. in
Richwood was also northeast
bound on Route 4 in a 1997 Plymouth Breeze
and was attempting to turn left
onto Hoskins Road. Streich reportedly
was unable to stop and struck the
Reports show that Streich was thrown from his motorcycle, but he
wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at the scene when
arrived and was transported by the Bennett Brown Rodman Funeral
The motorcycle was totaled in the crash.
McKinnon was injured and
transported by Delaware medics to Memorial
Hospital of Union County.
crash remains under investigation by Delaware troopers.
outposts prepared for winter weather
From J-T staff reports:
Department of Transportation (ODOT) conducted its final snow
equipment inspections in Union County Tuesday. Preparations
began as early as
this summer, stocking salt barns, going over routes
"We are ready at any moment's notice to keep our roadways cleared,"
Jack Marchbanks, ODOT District 6 deputy director. "These
inspections serve as an opportunity to not only inspect the
but to prepare our drivers fro important task they are about
He said District 6 has more than 300 drivers who are on
call day and
night to keep roads clear on the state highway system.
motorists drive during snow and ice conditions is critical in
accidents and keeping people safe. The most common causes of
snow and ice season are failure to control, excessive
speed and following
other vehicles too closely. All of these causes are
related to driver error,
which means many of the crashes are
preventable. Last winter, there were a
total of 8,092 accidents
attributed to snow and ice on ODOT maintained roads
and about 32,000
snow and ice related accidents on all Ohio roads.
is no question that inclement weather slows down traffic
regardless of our
crews treating the roads," said Tony Vogel, ODOT
deputy director for highway
management. "That's why, in addition to
clearing the roads, ODOT works to
provide as much information as
possible so motorists can plan ahead and allow
extra travel time during
snow and ice season."
Motorists may access ODOT's
Web site at www.buckeytraffic.org to
them plan ahead. The site is a one-stop shop for lane
information, road conditions and traffic cameras. During snow and
events, road conditions are updated as often as necessary,
information such as current weather, roadway surface
general roadway conditions, traffic speed and how many ODOT
working in the area.
The winter weather portion of the site is
operational between Nov. 1 and
April 15 each year. ODOT can activate it
sooner if weather conditions
warrant it. The information is real time data
from every county of the
state. The technology combines solar, wind and
conventional power, with
cellular and radio frequency to transmit weather and
every three to five minutes via ODOT's Buckeye Traffic
Although last winter started with several major storms, overall, it
a mild winter. The department spent $40.1 million statewide
state-maintained highways and used almost 500,000 tons of salt.
typically spends about $56 million annually and uses about 650,000
tons of salt.
ODOT has more than 1,500 trucks and 3,200 drivers to cover
miles of highway across the state. In addition, ODOT's 230 salt
are stocked with about 500,000 tons of salt.
ODOT spent $3.7 million
clearing state-maintained roads and used 47,000
tons of salt last season in
central Ohio. In Union County, the
department spent $414,703 and drove more
than 70 thousand miles within
the county. District 6 has more than 170
vehicles and 336 drivers in its
snow and ice-fighting arsenal.
Army Corps. of Engineers signs off on sewer plant project
After a long road of securing funds and making plans, the City
Marysville can soon focus on the design and construction of its
wastewater treatment plant.
Wednesday afternoon Marysville
administrators and the US Army Corps of
Engineers held a signing ceremony for
the previously announced $992,000
federal funding appropriation at City Hall.
The Section 594 project
money was acquired through efforts by the city staff,
with the help of
Congresswoman Deborah Pryce.
According to a Marysville
press release, the signing of the Project
Cooperation Agreement officially
marks the beginning of the partnership
between the city and the Corps of
Engineers working toward the
completion of the new facility.
The Corps of
Engineers will reportedly administer the funds to be used
for the Marysville
Water Reclamation Facility project, which includes
the design of a new
wastewater treatment plant with an average daily
flow of 6.0 Million Gallons
per Day (MGD). There are also provisions for
future expansion to 16.0 MGD,
including all treatment processes and
US Army Corps
of Engineers Project Manager, Lisa Morgan, said this
morning that there are a
few more steps to take place before the federal
funding can be disbursed to
the city. Her office must conduct a
compliance review to make sure Marysville
has met all the federal
guidelines for the project.
"We expect to have
that resolved in three or four months," Morgan said.
Morgan also talked about
her involvement, which essentially began when
Marysville was listed to
receive funding within the federal Energy and
Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse said that a couple years ago he was
about federal budget appropriations for water and sewer
throughout the country. He then started the process of finding out
Marysville could be included.
Kruse said he contacted the offices of
Senator George Voinovich,
Congresswoman Pryce, and Senator Mike Dewine, then
asked to include the
city in the federal budget.
He also credited his
staff for work identifying and obtaining the
appropriation. Help from The
Scott's Company and its project engineer,
Malcolm Pirnie, was also noted for
work negotiating the way through
Congress in obtaining the funds.
said nothing has been finalized yet, but it is looking good for
receive another million dollars in funding next year.
The City of Marysville
Wastewater System serves the residents and
businesses in the city as well as
Milford Center, the Honda of America
auto and motorcycle plants, and Union
County along Industrial Parkway.
The current facility treats an average daily
flow of approximately 4.0
MGD. The Wastewater Treatment Plant is located on
the north side of
Marysville at 620 North Main Street.
In 2004, the city
completed its Wastewater Master Plan. From the results
of this study, the
design of the new Water Reclamation Facility, to
replace and expand the
capacity of the existing facility, began in 2005.
The new plant will be
located southeast of the city and is planned for
"start-up" in late 2008.
Jonathan Alder levy passes
By CORINNE BIX
In the case of Jonathan Alder,
the fourth time is the charm as district
officials learned Tuesday evening
that the community passed a .75
percent earned income tax levy on
Superintendent Doug Carpenter said he was feeling euphoric
learning that voters had passed the levy by 607 votes.
In total from
all precincts there were 2,439 votes for the levy and
1,832 against. The levy
passed 57 percent to 43 percent.
"We had a lot of people work very hard on
this," Carpenter said, "I am
so glad that we can put this behind us and get
back to putting the kids
first and focusing on programming."
County, 830 unofficial votes were cast for the tax and 618
Madison County, there were 1,609 for the levy and 1,212 against.
percent-earned income tax levy comes after three failed levies
in the last
year, including two .5 percent income tax levies and one 5.9
An earned income tax varies from a traditional income tax
certain types of income are not taxable including tax
dividends and estates. It also allows both farm and business
to be considered when determining one's income.
explained last week that if the levy passed the district would
be in good
shape for the next five years especially if school funding
were remedied at
the state level.
After the 5.9 mill property tax failed in August, the school
more than $300,000 from this year's budget.
Carpenter said, for
now, recent cuts will not be reinstated with the
exception of some programs
that are directly beneficial to the students.
"We projected to cut
$300,000 and actually cut $307,000 which gives us a
little bit of room to put
some programs back," Carpenter said.
Field trips were eliminated at $25,000.
Carpenter said that some field
trips would be revisited with the passage of
The next regular school board meeting will be Nov.
Sheriff disappointed in failure of 911, public safety officer
By RYAN HORNS
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson said he was
disappointed in the 911
and PSO failures out of Tuesday's elections, but he
was also optimistic
for the future.
The 911 levy failed in 31 of the 45
Union County precincts with 8,068
votes for and 8,499 against.
said the 911 levy was placed on the ballot early in hopes it
would pass, and
if it didn't there would still be time to try again.
"The 911 system can
continue in 2007 but we must do more research in how
to best fund it," Nelson
He said his office will need to gather members of the previous
Technical Advisory Board in order to form a new advisory board. They
then decide when and how they will seek another levy.
"It is difficult
to inform and promote the 911 system when you can't use
911 funds," Nelson
said. "We have not asked for an increase in funding
for 19 years. We have
consolidated Marysville and Union County 911
dispatch answering points to be
more efficient and cost effective. We
are Phase 2 compliant, meaning we can
pinpoint the location and origin
of a cellular telephone call. Only eight
counties in the state can claim
this. All to serve Union County residents the
best we can."
Nelson also acknowledged the two sides of this county being one
Ohio's leaders in progressive law enforcement. If Union County is
one of eight in the state to be Phase 2 compliant, some residents
see that as a time to rest on their laurels. It may have been one
reason why some voted the levy down.
He said what many residents may
not know is that to become a leader in
the state it "took a lot of hard
work." Growth continues to flow into
Union County, and the more crime that
comes with it, the more the 911
and PSO levies are needed.
"I don't think
that people see that," he said.
Throughout 2007, he said the fire departments
in the county will need to
get involved because the costs will soon be coming
out of their pockets
if a future levy does not pass. The 911 funds were also
expected to help
pay for MARCS radio systems needed in several
Nelson acknowledged the irony of several expanded liquor sales
passing, while law enforcement levies were turned down.
"It keeps a
person humble and that is a good thing" he said. "Every
needs that. We'll continue to work the best we can."
represented how people are fed up with how the government
is being run, he
said, and he wasn't too surprised when the PSO levies
failed. It shows that
emergency services just aren't a priority to the
public right now, but people
still expect the same service - which isn't possible.
"When you flip on a
switch you expect a light to come on," Nelson said.
"When you call 911 you
expect a response. We are trying to respond in
the most efficient and cost
Millcreek and Jerome Townships were both seeking levies to
protection. Jerome Township Trustee Ron Rhodes said today that
three-member board now has three directions to go - abandon the
program; scale back; or seek another levy. He said a decision will
to be made by the January budget.
Rhodes said the township has spent
almost $300,000 over the past four
years out of township reserves to carry
"We absolutely cannot afford to do that in 2007," Rhodes said.
"This is serious."
Local polling places report no problems
Precinct workers say early turnout is
From J-T staff reports:
Workers at the various polling places on
this election day are busy and
satisfied, if Milford Center presiding judge
Gayle Earl is any indication.
"The machines are working wonderful and the
workers are doing good and
the people are all happy," Earl told the
Journal-Tribune this morning.
"Everybody loves them," is how Beth Marshall,
presiding judge for
Marysville Precincts 9, 13 and 14, described the
machines. "They are
doing very well."
Marshall was one of several
presiding judges reporting lines of people
waiting to cast their ballots.
Although that's not necessarily unusual,
Marshall said. Voters generally are
eager to cast their ballots before
they go to work, she said, and then again
after work, but this year the
turnout has been steady.
"It is like the
presidential election," Marshall said.
"We're going to have a great turnout,"
said Sue Lucas, presiding judge
for Darby B.
Lucas said as early as this
morning probably 30 to 35 percent of the
people registered at that precinct
Marie Faulk of Jerome East A also reported a good number of
ballots cast. But at one point, she said, a line of voters was
along the hall of Jerome United Methodist Church.
clear of predicting a record turnout, however.
"It's been very steady," said
Millcreek presiding judge Liz Neds.
Neds also reported a line of voters ready
to cast ballots first thing
Earl had one more thing to add
about today's voters. "They're very
polite, very orderly," she said.
rules allowing open voting to anyone for no reason resulted in more
than previous elections.
A spokesman from the Union County Board of Elections
reported that they
received a total of 2,538 requests for absentee ballots
and 2,319 have
been returned as of press time today. Ballots will be accepted
polls close today at 7:30 p.m.
The majority of ballot requests came
from the mail - 1,527; followed by
in office requests of 805; and hand carry
During the most recent presidential election, the board
approximately 2,000 requests for absentee ballots.
Township plans to hire consultan
By CINDY BRAKE
Jerome Township officials
broke new ground during Monday's regular
trustee board meeting.
Bob Merkle, Ron Rhodes and Andrew Thomas unanimously voted to
$50,000 for the purpose of hiring a consultant or
consultants to assist in
the process of determining the potential for
and/or the development of an
annexation agreement or Joint Economic
Agreement with Marysville in the
designated growth area on the sewer
"We have one chance
to do it and do it right," Merkle said about the
to the vote, zoning coordinator Kathleen Crowley explained that
this is a
collaborative effort between Jerome Township and Marysville.
that some, not all, funds would begin to be dispersed
within 30 days. Crowley
said a consultant would serve as a non-biased,
consensus builder to educate
"This is ground breaking in Union County," Crowley
Crowley explained that current discussions with Marysville
about an "annexation" agreement are in reality a
agreement guaranteeing water and sewer services to township
without the requirement of annexation. Prior to Monday's action,
of Marysville City Council and administration have met with
Township officials to create three subcommittees. The
include land use, contractual and economic
"Marysville has the water and sewer. We're going to have to work
rapport ... with Marysville. This is a new ball game," said
Thomas asked Crowley about the open-meeting process. She ascertained
that all subcommittee recommendations would be presented to the
board which are open to the public.
The trustees also voted to vacate
a prior resolution that had set aside
$25,000 to complete a comprehensive
plan and redirect that money toward
hiring a consultant.
Caldwell addressed numerous false statements made in a
"The Country Zone Newsletter," that was distributed
in the township by former
trustee Susie Wolfe.
Point by point, he clarified several statements made in
newsletter about the police protection levy on today's
To the question "why are the trustees rushing to put this on the
right now?", Caldwell said the board has been talking about the
for permanent funding for "quite some time on a regular basis."
fact, he pointed out that it was while Wolfe was on the board that
township incurred deficit spending from the general fund for
"I find it interesting that the individual whose name
was on the flyer
was in a position to take action at the time the township
was in deficit
spending," Caldwell said.
Rhodes said the newsletter
included a lot of erroneous information. He
added that Wolfe is no longer a
township resident and moved to Dublin
after leaving office. The newsletter
lists a post office box address and
states it is put out by a long-time
resident and independent citizen.
Wolfe was not present at the
Rhodes suggested that the newsletter be turned over to the
attorney. The board agreed.
Merkle said the newsletter
included a gross exaggeration concerning the
amount of time he met with legal
council on township business. Another
concern involved a statement about the
LUC completing a comprehensive
plan for a specific amount of money. All three
trustees said they had
never received written information from
Concerning the police protection levy, Caldwell said the first
was hired in 1998 through a three-year federal grant and cost
township $2,000. The cost to the township increased to: $10,000 in
$16,000 in 2000; $17,000 in 2001; $73,000 in 2002; $93,000 in
$116,000 in 2004; $141,000 in 2005; and $164,000 in 2006. In 2004,
township experienced an $85,000 deficit in the general fund and
$62,000 in 2005.
Merkle and Caldwell both said that using the one-time
payment of an
estate tax for an ongoing program is a stop-gap
Caldwell also explained how the levy rate was determined with the
of the Union County auditor to cover the cost of up to five
during the life of the five-year levy.
"If you want to continue
the current protection or increase it, then it
needs funding," Caldwell
In other business:
. Rhodes recognized trustee Thomas for in
innovation in building a brine
unit for the township at a cost of
approximately $500. A new unit would
cost a minimum of $4,000.
. The board
heard an update on insurance rates for township property.
. Fire Chief Scot
Skeldon said protective masks for pandemic flu have
been purchased for the
department and a recent seminar focused on geriatrics.
cemetery matters, Merkle said vases are in and settled
graves have been
. Several fund transfers were approved within the general fund,
fund, fire division and road and bridge fund.
. Former trustee
Freeman May asked for information on numerous expenditures.
Care Train gears up for 20th year
From J-T staff reports:
Care Train of
Union County is gearing up for the 20th year.
For two decades the Care Train
has been working with volunteers to
provide children and their families, food
and gifts during the holiday
season. Working in cooperation with the
Community Action Agency of Union
County, Care Train's mission is to identify
those who are facing
financial difficulties and provide them with toys, food
essentials to help bring a sense of joy during the holiday
Toys can be brought to the main drop off points at Marysville Honda
Burger King. Sponsorship information can be obtained by
937-642-4986 or stop by many local establishments to pick up a
The highlight of the Care Train efforts is a live auction on
Saturday of December at McAuliffe's Ace Hardware store in
broadcast live on the local TimeWarner Cable news channels six
It can also be heard on WUCO St. Gabriel radio.
fundraising efforts raised $72,000.
For more information, contact Laslow at
P.O. Box 68, Marysville, OH
43040; 642-7847; or www.caretrain.org <http://www.caretrain.org>
Trip to India shaped pastor's life
By KARLYN BYERS
A mission trip to India
when he was a high school senior had a profound
affect on Paul
The young man from Lansing, Mich., was astonished by the vast
people inhabiting the area he visited and moved by the profound
in which the people subsisted.
"Your heart goes out to them," said
Schlueter, who little more than a
decade after that trip was installed as
pastor at St. Paul Lutheran
Church near Chuckery.
Schlueter, 33, said that
infamous sojourn was one of several events
which caused him to reevaluate the
direction in which his life was headed.
"It started to become clear to me
that the way to help people in need
was to meet their spiritual needs," he
He chose to attend Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Mich., and
at Concordia Theological School in St. Louis, en route to becoming
full-fledged Lutheran pastor.
Along his spiritual journey, he also has
traveled to other poverty
stricken areas in Africa and the Philippines, and
served seven years as
associate pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in
south of Indianapolis.
But ties with the Marysville
community were instrumental in bringing
Schlueter and his young family to St.
Paul. His wife Julie, is a
Marysville High School graduate who completed her
teaching at St. Paul.
And Schlueter's mother-in-law, Judy Morris,
is an administrative
secretary in the volunteer services department at
Memorial Hospital of
Union County. His father-in-law, Bill Morris, headed
therapy department before his retirement. Both attend St.
Lutheran Church where Schlueter and his wife were married almost
years ago by Pastor Thomas Hackett.
The Schlueters are the parents of a
5-year-old daughter, Anna, and a
3-year-old son, William. Julie Schlueter has
"temporarily retired" from
teaching, according to her husband, and is taking
care of their offspring.
Mrs. Schlueter earns high praise from her
husband, both as a helpmate
and a pastor's wife.
"The past 10 years have
been an amazing blessing," Schlueter said. "My
wife is a tremendous help and
a tremendous support."
He adds, "Being a pastor's wife is not an easy task
because there are
always a lot of expectations. You're always kind of on
At approximately 525 members, St. Paul's congregation is smaller
the 950 or so members at Redeemer Lutheran Church. But St. Paul has
added responsibility of managing the attached school which houses
from pre-kindergarten through seventh grade.
In additional to his
regular pastoral duties of visiting the sick,
ministering to the ill, taking
care of church business and preaching,
Schlueter teaches a religion class in
the morning to junior high pupils
and assists with Wednesday morning
Schlueter said he enjoys the involvement with St. Paul's
"Kids are 'what you see is what you get.' They are very
honest and I enjoy the opportunity to talk to them," he
He likes to look upon the congregation and see young faces.
worship service is for the entire family of God. God doesn't
segment into age
groups and preferences," he said.
He also enjoys a variety of musical
instruments during the worship service.
"I don't think that every song
needs to be played on the organ,"
Schlueter said. "The organ is a beautiful
instrument that has served the
church for a hundred years (but) I think it is
hear other instruments."
One of the advantages of Christian
education, Schlueter said, is that
there are more opportunities to teach
children "right" and "wrong"
concepts. There also is more freedom to steer
pupils in the right
direction; to help them understand the consequences of
their actions and
see that obedience to their parents, teachers and others in
what God desires.
He likes to see young people involved in
mission trips - not only short
work trips to blighted rural areas to fix and
repair houses and public
buildings but to more far-flung places.
trips are ... a good opportunity for (young people) to use
gifts God has
given them," he said. "But I'd also like to see some trips
to places outside
the United States. Having done that sort of thing in
the past I know what a
profound affect it had on me ...
it would for any Christian."
a family of four or five in India who lived in a home no
bigger than the
average American walk-in closet. It was really just a
shack, Schlueter said,
adding "We are so spoiled in this country. Even
people who are poor by our
standards are wealthy in countries
like India and Haiti."
remembered hearing a pastor from Haiti talk while
Schlueter was pastoring at
Redeemer Lutheran. On his way to baptize a
child, the pastor was stopped by a
policeman and dragged out of his
vehicle because the policeman believed the
pastor was a supporter of the
man in power.
"I can't imagine having a
loaded gun pointed at me and ready to be
fired," Schlueter said. "It's
humbling to listen to people who live and
work in those situations."
also inspires him, Schlueter said, to "do more, to do better."
dead after crash
From J-T staff reports:
The Ohio State Highway Patrol
Marysville Post is investigating the death
of a Marysville man after a
Saturday evening crash.
After being transported for injuries from the crash,
Thomas A. Gale, 53,
was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital of Union County
by Union County
Coroner Dr. David Applegate.
According to OSP reports, at
approximately 4:01 p.m. Gale was driving
northbound on U.S. 36 in a 2005 Ford
F-150. He lost control and went off
the right side of the road, struck a sign
post, then traveled about
one-quarter of a mile before hitting a ditch and
stopping against a
guardrail on the eastbound entrance ramp to U.S. 33 at
County Road 133.
OSP investigators are looking into the possibility that
from a health condition may have led to the crash.
JA will make fourth try at passing levy
By CORINNE BIX
residents will get chance number four to vote on an
operating levy for the
school district on Tuesday.
The .75 percent-earned income tax levy comes
after three failed levies
in the last year. In November 2005 and February of
this year the
district ran a .5 percent income tax and in August the district
with a 5.9 mill property tax.
The .75 earned income tax varies from
the previous .5 percent income tax
because certain types of income are not
taxed hence shrinking the
overall tax pool. An earned income tax does not tax
estates and allows for both farm and business
profit/loss to be
considered when determining one,s income.
Doug Carpenter said the earned income tax is a better way to go.
people who are on fixed incomes, even if they are supportive of
have a difficult time finding the money to pay more
property tax, " Carpenter
explained, "This form of tax is a better
option for those people and for
farmers in years when they make no profit."
The levy is to maintain
existing programs for five more years.
Carpenter said that if passed the
district should be in good shape for
the next five years.
before then we'll have a remedy/fix at the state level and
we won't have to
ask our community for their continued support at that
time if that happens,"
Carpenter explained that the district has received no increases in
funding in the current two-year state budget. He added that the
continues to ignore four Supreme Court decisions directing them to
If the earned income tax levy passes, Jonathan Alder
will remain one of
the lowest taxed school districts in the state which spend
money per pupil.
Last month the school board approved level
one budget cuts. The approved
cuts will eliminate more than $300,000 from
this year,s budget.
The 19 cuts range from $2,500 to $45,000 and freeze the
budget. Larger ticket items include delaying the purchase of one
bus at $45,000, saving $30,000 on retirement and fringe benefits paid
staff by hiring less experience personnel, eliminating field trips
$25,000, and delaying the purchase of textbooks at $22,000.
ticket items include the delay of purchase or elimination of
supplies and district resources.
If the levy fails on Tuesday, the board will
reconvene to review the
phase two cuts. They are as follows: reducing
elementary busing from the
current two mile radius to the state-required one
eliminating high school busing; eliminating all extra
activities and reducing staff thus increasing class size and
supervision of students.
"Everything we do is about kids and
costs relate directly to the
programs and opportunities we can provide for
them," Carpenter said,
"With a lack of adequate state aid, we need local
support until the
state fixes the educational funding problem."
townships seeking money for public safety officers
By RYAN HORNS
townships in Union County are hoping the Nov. 7 election brings
support for their public safety officer programs.
Jerome Township has placed
a 2.2 mill, five-year levy on the ballot. The
levy will cost the owner of a
$100,000 home approximately $67.38 per
year beginning tax year 2007.
Millcreek Township has placed a 3.3 mill,
five-year levy on the ballot. The
levy will cost the owner of a $100,00
home $101.06 per year beginning tax
The Jerome levy would generate $339,000 annually. The Millcreek
would generate $113,000 annually.
A press release from the sheriff's
office states that "without the
public safety officers, the Union County
Sheriff's Office will have less
manpower to provide dedicated traffic
enforcement in township complaint
areas. Response times would increase due to
deputies covering larger
areas. More than likely, the sheriff's office would
not be able to offer
some of the programs the public safety officers monitor
and perform in
The release also explains that the millage
asked for by each township is
different because valuation is lower in
Millcreek Township. In order to
raise the revenue needed, the millage needed
to be higher for the
Millcreek Township levy.
A PSO is a deputy sheriff
who has received additional certification as a
basic level emergency medical
technician and is also certified at a
firefighter IA level. The deputies act
as a first responder for
supporting existing fire and emergency agencies
until their personnel
arrive on the scene. They also drive SUVs instead of
cruiser in order to carry the additional medical equipment
for them to respond to emergency calls. The PSO also perform
such as Project Life Saver, school bus safety rides, Senior
township traffic enforcement blitzes, community orientated policing
problem solving, more visibility to deter crime and devote time
Jerome Township has been involved in the PSO
program since 1998 and
Millcreek Township has been involved since 1999. This
has led some
residents to ask why they need to start paying now?
County Sheriff's Office reported that the reason is because a
implemented the PSO program. Townships involved were
responsible for the
salary and benefits and county dollars paid for
vehicles, training, supplies
and overtime. The grant covered 75 percent
of the cost the first year and the
townships picked up the remaining 25
percent. Over a three-year period, the
percentage from the federal grant
was to be reduced annually. The townships
involved were to be paying the
entire salary and benefits at the end. This
has led for the need of a
levy to help fund the additional
Millcreek Township joined Jerome Township to obtain additional
funding to add two additional public safety officers. All three
have expired with Jerome picking up 75 percent of the salary
benefits and Millcreek picking up 25 percent for a total of
for 2006. The Union County Commissioners are still providing the
for vehicles, equipment, gasoline, maintenance, training and overtime
a cost of $207,000 for the three officers. The percentage
between what the townships pay is based on the larger population,
of roads and square miles within Jerome Township, as compared
Jerome Township has reached a point where it is using
reserve funds to
provide dedicated law enforcement and public safety service
citizens. In 2005 the township paid approximately $140,000 from
funds for the PSO program. The cost for 2006 will be
Millcreek Township receives 50 percent of the
traffic fine money from
the court system on citations written within the
there is revenue returning to the township, Millcreek
Township has spent
$36,477 from township general funds to provide dedicated
and public safety service to the township residents. The cost
will be approximately $43,088 from township funds.
Nationwide report record gifts on same day
From J-T staff reports:
Union County United Way campaign got a big boost from two
supporters on Thursday as Honda of America, Mfg. and
Insurance reported record results exceeding $365,000 designated to
County for the 2006-07 campaign.
The announcements were made during
simultaneous ceremonies in Marysville
and Columbus and represent almost half
of the local $750,000 goal.
Honda's United Way designation to Union County
including an all-time high in associate giving at
$173,373.80. The total
represents a $20,000 increase over 2005. Overall Honda
of America, Mfg.
pledges to United Way's across Ohio total more than $1.84
"This is a true expression of our fundamental values here at
said Tom Shoupe, senior vice president of company services and
campaign chair at the company. "This is truly a team effort and I
to thank the 'white coats' for all their work on this project."
HAM United Way campaign with Honda of America Mfg., Inc. benefited a
18 local United Way agencies.
Contributions to county agencies for 2007 are
as follows: Allen,
$63,620.40; Auglaize, $88,324.50; Champaign, $109,232.22;
$87,428.82; Darke, $11,136.00; Delaware, $89,651.40;
$378,714.86; Hardin, $51,290.27; Logan, $288,276.59;
$31,386.00; Marion, $76,348.38; Mercer, $48,378.30;
$4,671.90; Miami-Piqua, $16,423.80; Miami-Tipp, $7,143;
$35,836.50; Shelby, $138,427.19; and Union, $260,060.70.
the past 26 years, Honda of America United Way campaigns have
more than $24.75 million.
Nationwide's United Way designation to Union County
marking the first time that a company based outside of the
exceeded $100,000. The total includes an all-time high in
giving at $52,522, mostly from commuters who live within the
borders. Overall Nationwide pledges to United Way's across the
total more than $16.4 million.
"Nationwide associates, agents and
retirees have a strong commitment to
our communities," said Jackie Sells,
manager of community programs at
Nationwide. "We are delighted to continue
and enhance our support to
more than 800 local United Way's across the
Union County's United Way has more than $543,000 or 72 percent of
goal with a month remaining in its campaign
Sixteen of the 19
workplace campaigns that have concluded and report
increased giving over
2005. Nestle R&D finished just shy of $30,000.
Products increased giving by more than $2,700 over
last year while the Union
County Board of MR/DD had more than $2,500 in
Community Auction generated more than $9,000 in new money for
Union County's United Way programs and services include more
member agencies in Union County.
one of Ohio's best
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville recently won
the distinction of being one of "Ohio's Best Hometowns."
Development Director Eric Phillips announced Thursday morning
will be on the cover of Ohio Magazine's November first
annual Ohio's best
hometowns issue expected to hit stands today. Joining
Mariemont, Marietta, Maumee and Wooster. Ohio Magazine
cities in six categories: community spirit, education,
ans safety, business environment and culture and heritage.
night's regular council meeting, city administrator Kathy
the Chamber of Commerce and Phillips for the hard work
in putting together
the application package. The package is currently on
display at the Chamber
"Marysville is one of the best," House said.
focuses on the unique people and features of Marysville,
business owners Liz Meeder and Rorie Dingey with extra
attention on local
cobbler Gene Wright.
In other discussions, House reported more good news -
the Main Street
railroad crossing reopened Thursday morning after completion
repairs. She said the status of the Industrial Parkway crossing
unclear, but could be open by the end of today.
"Then we are done
with railroad crossing fixes. for the time being," House said.
reading and public hearing was held on an ordinance to raise
water rates in
the city over a two-year period.
Resident Lloyd Baker said he was concerned
over the ordinance. Along
with other rate hikes enacted recently, the
increase "seems sort of
high." He also spoke of campaign promises council
members made toward
having development pay for itself. New businesses come in
end up paying the costs through rate increases.
"A lot of
citizens have been victimized too much for development," Baker said.
finance director John Morehart explained that the Water Master Plan
Wastewater Master Plan, can both be found at the Marysville
for residents to read. The books detail the city's plan
for the rates "well
into the future." He said the 2006 water rate
increase is 5 percent, the 2007
increase is 8 percent and it would end
in 2008 with 8 percent. Based on a 500
cubic feet per month average
usage rate, a water bill would be $40.58 in
2006, $43.81 in 2007 and
then $47.32 in 2008.
Morehart also admitted that
Marysville water rates are among the
"highest in the state." The reason is
due to the city purchasing its own
water system, which brought on $12 -$13
million in debt. He said that in
2007 the city would be gearing toward
building its reservoir and then
the wastewater treatment plant project. While
funds coming from tap-in
fees will help pay off the accrued debt from these
projects, the banks
that finance the city's projects need to know exactly how
the debt will
be paid ? even if development freezes. He said the most
is through rates paid by citizens. Tap-in fees will still be
which also will go toward paying that debt down. He added that the
is planning to index tap-in fees early next year so that there will be
set basis of increasing the fees with inflation.
Councilman Mark Reams
said that by adding in those additional funds, for
example, residents may
only have to pay a 2 percent rate increase
instead of a 6 percent.
said this is why the proposed ordinance to increase the water rate
for two years. This way the city can see if the increase can be
"We are taking steps. to plan for the future," Burke said.
. Councilman Dan Fogt brought up the issue of South Park
requested that the Adena Pointe development create adequate
outlets "as soon as possible." Fogt reiterated that city law
property owners are responsible for the flow of water on their
Flooding has increased in South Park since the development
"I know Adena Pointe purchased the property," Fogt said. "But when
purchased the property they purchased the problem."
He requested the
developer do something "before further damage gets done."
Gore said that
the city Public Service Committee plans to hold a meeting
on the subject
. In his closing statements Fogt wanted to acknowledge the recent
of Marysville resident Christopher Beckley. He said Beckley was
blind and was instrumental in bringing blind crossings to the
Fogt said Beckley should be remembered as "a good guy who
improvements made to the city."
. Phillips reported that the
first reading was held on a resolution to
approve the continuance of
Enterprise Zone tax incentive agreements with
eight companies within the
city. He said all have been continued.
Phillips also stated that the
companies' contributions to the city have
exceeded hopes with an additional
$45 million benefiting the local economy.
Voters to decide fate of
By RYAN HORNS
Voters will be asked to approve a 0.5-mill
replacement levy and
0.25-mill increase for operating the county 9-1-1
system. The five-year
levy would generate $866,000 annually.
Sheriff Rocky Nelson said additional funds are needed to
operational costs, the loss of state revenue, wireless
costs and projected
county growth. He adds that measures have been taken
to cut operational costs
by reducing the number of answering points
within the county from two to
Union County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tom Morgan said a fact
on the 9-1-1 levy can be found online at www.co.union.oh.us/Sheriff
the bottom of the left hand screen.
The online fact sheet explains that
the levy will cost the owner of a
$100,000 property approximately $22.98 per
year or about 6 cents a day
for tax year 2007. The levy will cover tax years
additional 0.25 mills will not be collected until 2008.
current levy costs $14.18 annually for a $100,000 property valuation
generates $536,000 annually, according to the Union County Auditor.
millage has not increased since the levy was first passed in 1988.
current five-year 0.5-mill levy expires on Jan. 1.
If the 9-1-1 levy does not
pass, Morgan said the county commissioners
and the sheriff's office may have
"If it fails we will probably do everything we can to keep the
service going," Morgan said. "But I'm not so sure that we can."
said if the levy fails the county would have to do a lot of research
analysis to determine what to do next and how the system could
Morgan said that on Aug. 4, 2005 county commissioners passed
resolution "to get the ball rolling" on overhauling the county
system. As a result, the 9-1-1 Planning Commission was created
then created the 9-1-1 Technical Advisory Committee. That committee
held meetings and discussions which led to the current levy
The online fact sheet covers recent changes within the 9-1-1 system.
of Sept. 6, all emergency calls made in Union County are answered
Union County Sheriff's dispatchers. If the Union County Sheriff's
Communications Center loses service, all 9-1-1 calls are
routed to Logan County Sheriff's Office dispatchers. This is
part of the
revised emergency backup plan.
"It was not feasible to have
the 9-1-1 backup systems within close
proximity of each other," the fact
sheet notes. "With Marysville Police
Department as the backup, a disaster
could dismantle both answering
points in a few minutes, leaving the county
without service for a long
period of time."
Nelson has reported that the
dispatch center at the Marysville Police
Department does not have the
equipment to answer cellular wireless 9-1-1
calls, as the Sheriff's Office
dispatch center can. Costs for the
Marysville police to acquire the equipment
would have been approximately
$22,500 with recurring costs of $16,000 on an
annual basis. By directing
all the emergency calls to the Union County
Sheriff's Office as one
centralized answering point, the expense of duplicate
services at a cost of $332,873.44 over the next five years
Schools agree to amend TIF structure
A joint meeting between Marysville School Board members and
the Marysville City government resulted in an amended TIF
Compensation Agreement - sort of.
After lengthy discussion, board
member unanimously authorized
superintendent Larry Zimmerman and treasurer
Dee Cramer to sign the
amendment - provided changes were made in the verbiage
to more tightly
define the city's infrastructure needs.
concerns $5.5 million in infrastructure needs at the City
Gate project across
from Coleman's Crossing. It also involves another $6
million which represents
infrastructure improvements to the surrounding
highway serving the Coleman
Crossing/Delaware Avenue/City Gate area.
"We feel that we have defined it as
clearly as we can define it at this
time," said Kathy House, city
"I think the school district just wants to know what's being
what it's being spent on," said Stephen Grassbaugh, attorney at
Shaffer who was representing Marysville Schools.
Present at the
special board meeting in the district administrative
office were Zimmerman,
Cramer and school board members Roy Fraker, Bill
Hayes, Jeff Mabee, Scott
Johnson and Tom Brower. Also present were
House, city engineer Phil Roush,
finance director John Morehart, Bricker
& Eckler attorney Matt Stout who
was representing the city, Grassbaugh
and developer Phil Connolly who is
spearheading the City Gate project.
Connolly said if the city and school
district couldn't agree on the TIF
amendment, he had a "big problem."
the end, an agreement was reached after House suggested a "caucus"
Roush, Morehart and Stout left the room. They returned a few
only to break into another caucus after Grassbaugh
pointed out a couple other
areas which needed fine tuning.
When they returned, all agreed that a phrase
infrastructure improvements including but not limited
improvements, water and storm sewer, land acquisition and others
be added to the agreement.
When the changes are made and after
Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse has
approved the document, Zimmerman and Cramer
will sign the agreement.
"We are keeping more local money here by doing the
TIFs," Zimmerman said
this morning in an e-mail communication. "Last night
allowed us to
better define how those dollars would be used and that needed
for the community as a whole. Making the dollars go toward traffic
the East Fifth Street area makes perfect sense for increasing
opportunities in that area. The school district wanted a
definition of how the city wanted to use those dollars and that
last night. I applaud the city for (its) cooperation."
said this morning that he could "understand and appreciate the
"In the next couple years the demand in that area will be so great
will have to do something with the traffic flow," he added.
said good traffic flow in and out of that area will bring more
which will increase property values.
"As property values go up, TIF dollars
will go up and the school
district will benefit," he said.
Many local issues will face voters Nov. 7
From J-T staff reports:
issues will be before voters in the Nov. 7 election.
All Union County voters
will be asked to consider a five-year levy for
operating the 911 system. The
.5-mill replacement and .25-mill increase
would generate $866,000 annually
and cost $22.98 per $100,000.
Residents in the Northern Union County Joint
Fire & EMS District (six
precincts) are being asked to consider a new,
continuing 4-mill fire
levy that would generate $256,400 annually and cost
$122.50 for every
$100,000 valuation of property. Precincts include part of
Claibourne and Jackson townships. The levy would maintain
services and expand service to include 16 hours a day, seven days
week, as well as replace equipment and apparatus.
Other issues will
. Jerome Township - additional 2.2-mill, five-year tax levy for
protection. To generate $339,000 annually and cost $67.38 per
. Mill Creek Township - additional 3.3-mill, five-year
tax levy for
police protection. To generate $113,000 annually and cost
. Union Township - replacement of a
1-mill, five-year levy for current
operating expenses. To generate $30,200
annually and cost $30.62 per
$100,000 valuation. The previous levy generated
$10,132 and cost $30.58
per $100,000 valuation.
. Unionville Center -
replacement of a 2.95-mill, five-year levy for
current operating expenses. To
generate $6,100 annually and cost $90.34
per $100,00 valuation. The previous
levy generated $4,000 annually and
cost $56.90 per $100,000 valuation.
Marysville - amendment to the city charter.
. Jerome Precinct 4 local option
- Sunday and weekly sales -
Tartan/Corazon Restaurant & Club House
Marysville Precinct 12 local option - Sunday sales - Applebee's
Grill & Bar
. Marysville Precinct 2 local option - Sunday sales -
. York Township local option - Sunday and weekly sales - El
Overlapping questions and issues
. Jonathan Alder Local School District (six precincts) -
income tax, five years, for current operating expenses
Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School District (13 precincts) - renewal
1.3-mill, five-year levy for current operating expenses
. Southeast Hardin
Northwest Union Joint Fire District (one precinct) -
additional .7-mill, five
year levy for fire protection
Remembrance program offered
From J-T staff reports:
Homes of Marysville and West Mansfield will again be
hosting their annual
Holiday Remembrance Program on Sunday, Nov. 12, in
the sanctuary of the
Marysville First United Methodist Church.
The Holiday Remembrance Program in
its 12th year continues to serve
those in the community who have suffered the
loss of a loved one. The
gathering supports mourners of all ages and embraces
those who are
grieving with fellow bereaved individuals and families.
keynote speaker will again be Todd Little. Little is one of only a
full-time licensed professionals in the field of Aftercare in the
Ohio. He serves as the Director of Bereavement Services with
Funeral Homes in the New Philadelphia area and has served
more than 25 years
in the social and human service "helping"
professions. He is a graduate of
the University of Akron and has
completed additional graduate level work at
Kent State University and
Penn State University.
Little is a vital
resource to the families of Tuscarawas County and his
work with the bereaved
has received statewide, national, and
international acclaim. He is a highly
sought after speaker and has been
the featured writer in many national and
Little has much professional experience but
nothing has prepared him
more than his own personal journey through grief.
His wife, Linn, died
in 1994, just nine days after delivering triplet boys.
offered by his funeral director and a reflection of his own
encouraged him to consider this important calling to the
"Todd provides a compassionate, informative message that really
the people who attend," Roger Mannasmith, owner of Mannasmith
Homes, said. "We are fortunate he has made himself available to us
again, and we are quite proud we can offer this program to everyone
the community, not just the families we have served."
In addition to
the speaker, the service will welcome those in attendance
to decorate the
Holiday Remembrance Tree with memorial keepsake
ornaments in honor of their
loved ones. A candle lighting ceremony will
take place and Steph France will
once again be the featured vocalist.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow
"The Holiday Remembrance Program is such an important service
to offer," Derric Brown, funeral director with Mannasmith Funeral
said. "Those who are grieving must know they are not alone in
grief. "We are proud this event can focus on the families who are
hurting and celebrate the memories of their loved ones."
This is a
service for the community. Anyone who has experienced a loss
Transportation will be made available.
Reservations to attend must be made by
Nov. 9 by calling Mannasmith or
Brown at 642-1751 or 355-3341.
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