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MIDDLE POINT — Agroup of Lincolnview stu-dents escaped serious injurywhen the bus they were rid-ing to school had an enginefire Friday morning.Lincolnview bus 7, drivenby Marge Knott, was south-bound on Slane Road andhad just crossed the inter-section with U.S. 224 whenKnott noticed engine smokeinside the bus. She immedi-ately stopped the vehicle andbegan getting children off thebus. However the smoke wasnear the front door, forcingstudents to use the rear exitof the bus.No one was injured,although a few students werebeing checked for asthma orbreathing issues.It is believed the bus beganleaking some sort of fluidminutes before Knott saw thesmoke.Late this morning,Lincolnview SuperintendentDoug Fries was still conduct-ing his own investigation of the incident and was unavail-able for comment.This story will be updat-ed when more informationbecomes available.
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Firefighters look over the damage to Lincolnview bus 7 after a Friday morning fire.
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The driver’s compartment of Lincolnview bus 7 after afire which caused the driver and 37 students to evacuate.
Area doctorsconcerned about‘Obamacare’
By MIKE FORDmford@delphosherald.com
DELPHOS — Regardlessof what one may think abouthow health care insuranceshould be reformed, medi-cal providers agree there areproblems to address. Localdoctors say those withoutinsurance may not be servedby the president’s PatientProtection and AffordableCare Act because it looks toMedicaid to provide coveragefor the uninsured.Dr. Carl Wehri saysMedicaid only pays about 40percent, so if tens of millionsof Americans are added to theprogram, patients who nowgo to the emergency roombecause they have nowhereelse to go may still end up inthe ER.“The Patient Protectionand Affordable Care Act’sgoal is to improve access tohealth care and get insurancecoverage for people so they’dhave better access. Access tocare is the biggest problem,so PPACA is putting some20-30 million more peopleon Medicaid to provide somesemblance of coverage,”he said. “The problem withMedicaid is it only pays afraction of the fees. For most,if not all doctors, Medicaidpayments are less than theproduction of the service. Wegenerally get about 40 centson the dollar and that’s wellbelow my cost.”Therefore, they may not beable to find a doctor.“So, we have a rather sub-stantial government programthat has told 20-30 millionpeople they’re about to havecoverage but because thepayments are inadequate, thecoverage is inadequate froma physician’s standpoint,” hesaid. “So, physicians can’tafford to take them on. It’s afallacy from our governmentthat these people will havecoverage. We’ll find increas-ing roadblocks to accessfor people who think theyhave coverage but they don’tbecause of poor payments.”The reform law seeks toexpand health care insuranceto approximately 30 millionAmericans by expandingMedicaid but also by provid-ing subsidies to help low-income people purchase insur-ance. Therefore, it is unclearhow many Americans wouldbe added to the Medicaidrolls if the law is not repealedby the United States SupremeCourt when it takes up theissue later this year.Dr. William Tucker isthe emergency departmentdirector at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter. He says people cometo the emergency roombecause they don’t have cov-erage but that’s not the onlyreason.“The majority of thosewho come to the emergencydepartment need some kindof medical care and you canput them in different catego-ries. Many are in some kindof social situation like a ladywe had the other day whowas homeless; she had beenkicked out of her house withlung disease,” he said. “Wehave social situations, psychi-atric situations and we havepeople who need medicalcare but not necessarily in theED. Some don’t have insur-ance and they’re honest. Theysay ‘I have no insurance, so Ican’t go to a doctor and that’swhy I’m here.’ They haveno one else to turn to and wetreat them.”Unfortunately, this exam-ple of the myriad of problemsin American health care prob-ably won’t be solved by thepresident’s legislation.“Most people in emergen-cy care feel the volume of emergency department visitswill go up dramatically oncethe reform kicks in. The poli-ticians say it won’t becausepeople will have access toprimary care but you haveto find physicians willing totake on all of these patients,”Tucker said.So, the progress“Obamacare” makes on cov-ering the uninsured is thatemergency rooms will receivesome form of payment andpatients may receive moretreatment than being stabi-lized and released becauseof it.However, the PatientProtection and AffordableCare Act could throw a mon-key wrench into that pot bycreating a panel of expertsto limit reimbursements toonly treatments shown to beeffective. It will also prohibitinsurance companies fromdenying coverage based on apre-existing condition.Both doctors say a short-age of primary care physi-cians is forecasted. Wehrisaid the current decade willsee about 125,000 fewer pri-mary physicians because ourhealth care system is special-
“It’s a fallacyfrom our govern-ment that thesepeople will havecoverage. We’llfind increasingroadblocks toaccess for peoplewho think theyhave coveragebut they don’tbecause of poorpayments.”
— Dr. Carl Wehrion the inadequacy of expanding Medicaid tocover the uninsured
See OBAMACARE, page 2
Memories Down Main Street 
Turn to page 9 and read the first of five installments of former Delphos resident Roger Giese’s trip down MainStreet on his bicycle when he was 10-12 years old.“Memories Down Main Street” will run on the fourthSaturday of the month.
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CINCINNATI — A floorcollapsed into a V shapeFriday at the construction siteof a new Ohio casino, send-ing workers sliding to theground, leaving one workerwith serious injuries and hurt-ing at least a dozen others.The collapse occurredshortly before 8 a.m. as acrew was pouring a sec-tion of concrete floor at theHorseshoe Casino Cincinnatisite, Steve Rosenthal, of co-developer Rock GamingLLC, said Friday. It came justweeks after a similar accidentat a Cleveland casino with thesame developers.The male worker withserious injuries was down-graded from fair condition ata Cincinnati hospital Fridaynight, several hours after thecollapse. Authorities had saidearlier that there were no life-threatening injuries.Shouts could be heard ona 911 call right after the col-lapse as the caller told the dis-patcher “we’ve got one guythat’s in desperate position.”“There’s about 20 guys just fell through the floorpour. You’ve got to get downhere as quick as possible....They fell about 15, 20 foot.Hurry,” he said.“We’ve got men under abeam as well. We got to getthis beam off of them.”Rosenthal told reporters ata news conference that it wastoo soon to determine whatcaused the collapse.Fire Chief Richard Braun,who was one of the first onthe scene after the collapse,said that a beam supportingthe floor “sheared away” andthe floor came down whilethe workers were on top of it.“They basically rode theV down,” Braun said. No onewas underneath the 60-foot-by-60-foot section of floor.The injured were sent tohospitals with what appearedto be mostly bruises andbumps, and possibly somebroken bones, the fire chief said. All workers wereaccounted for, according toRosenthal.The man in serious con-dition is at Bethesda North,and the only worker from thecollapse at the hospital, saidJoe Kelley of at TriHealthSystem. The system’s GoodSamaritan Hospital treatedand released two workers.Ten workers were treatedat University Hospital, saidspokesman Matt Kramer, withseven released and three thatstayed overnight for moni-toring of non-life-threateninginjuries.Neither Kelley nor Kramerhad details about the injuries.Jo Ann Davidson, whochairs the Ohio CasinoControl Commission, said sheknew of one worker having abroken elbow and another, abroken hip.Jessie Folmar, a spokes-woman for Cincinnati-basedMesser Construction Co.,said the company was tryingto learn what happened.“Our top priority is toensure everyone at our job-sites can return home safelyto their families at the end of each day,” Messer’s presi-dent and chief executive TomKeckeis said in a statement.“We have stringent safetyprocesses and protocols inplace to ensure our jobsitesremain safe and our struc-tures secure.”Messer has a clean safetyrecord with the OccupationalSafety and HealthAdministration since 2006,according to information fromthe agency’s database. Its lastOhio incident was that year,when it was penalized forfour serious violations andpaid a penalty of $3,125. Oneinvolved a lack of adequatefall protection for workers.
Collapse at Cincy casino site
Franklin ElementarySchool will register childrenfor kindergarten screen-ing for the 2012-13 schoolyear 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Monday through Fridaythe week of Feb. 6.Children who will be 5years old by Aug. 1, 2012,are eligible to attend kinder-garten in the 2012-13 year.Parents/guardians shouldpick up registration materi-als and set an appointmentfor their child(ren) to bescreened for kindergarten.Screenings will be heldon the following dates: 8a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1, 8,15 and 22. The clinic lastsapproximately 45 minutes.Call 419-692-8766for more information.
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I don’t know if you guys readthe small brief on page 3 aboutChad Ochocinco and Speakerof the House John Boehner butI’m still snickering about it.Apparently, Mr. Ocho liveson another planet and didn’tknow who Boehner was whenhe caught some of the broadcastof the president’s State of theUnion speech on Tuesday.“Who is that frowningman behind the president?” heasked.The New England Patriotswide receiver is not shy anddropped Boehner a TweetTuesday night asking if he wasOK. On Wednesday, he askedhim if he was in better spirits.Boehner thanked Chad,wished him luck in the SuperBowl and told him he’d be see-ing the Bengals in the playoffsnext year.The whole thing tickledme because I have noticed thedemeanor of our Mr. Boehner.You have to admit, Boehneralways looks like he smellssomething Ringomight have leftbehind. He isso busy makingsure everyoneknows how dis-gusted he is withthe president andhis party that healways lookspinched; likehe needs M.O.M. Perhaps if he stopped worrying about theDemocrats so much and startedworrying a little more about youand me, things would look upfor everyone. I find the wholeRepublican/Democrat thing alittle tiresome. I think it’s abouttime these guys who are paidto fix our problems actuallyworked on that instead of tryingto convince everyone the messwe’re in is everyone’s fault buttheirs.If Congress wants a balancedbudget, why don’t they balanceit? If they want to whittle downthe deficit, why don’t they?They are the only ones with thepower to do so. So one has toassume they don’t want to orthey’d stop all this crazy, child-ish behavior and do somethingabout it.Of course Mr. Ochocincois doing so well, he doesn’thaven’t to worry about whatCongress is doing — much lesswho they are. However, I amtouched by his seemingly-gen-uine concern for someone hedoesn’t know.Little of what Boehner oranyone in Congress does reallyaffects him. Unless, of course,Washington starts sticking itsnose in the NFL. If that hap-pens, Ochocinco, you better domore than Tweet him.
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Monday: Cavatini, saladwith veggies, garlic bread,applesauce cup, milk.Tuesday: Breaded chick-en patty sandwich, broccoliwith cheese, 100% juice, nobake cookie, milk.Wednesday: Walkingtaco with toppings, corn,pears, milk.Thursday: Hamburgersandwich, baked beans,orange sherbet, milk.Friday: Wedge slice, pep-peroni pizza, green beans,peach, milk.
WaconDaniel III, 49, of Delphos,memorial services willbegin at 1 p.m. today at FirstPresbyterian Church, 310 W.Second St., Delphos, the Rev.Harry Tolhurst officiating. Areception for family and friendswill be held at the SpencervilleAmerican Legion Post after thememorial service.
Julius F., 85, of Delphos, Mass of ChristianBurial begins at 1:30 p.m. today atSt. John the Evangelist CatholicChurch, the Rev. Melvin Verhoff officiating. Burial will followat Resurrection Cemetery, withmilitary rites by the DelphosVeterans Council. Memorialsare for guide dogs for the blind.
Rita Elizabeth(Finn), 98, of Lima, Mass of Christian Burial begins at 10a.m. today at St. Rose CatholicChurch, the Rev. ThomasGorman officiating. Burialwill follow in GethsemaniCemetery. Friends may call foran hour prior to the service atthe church. Memorials are to St.Rose Catholic Church or the St.Francis Home, Tiffin.
Alvin E. 79, of Frontier, Mich., and formerlyof Delphos, Funeral serviceswill be held at 1 p.m. todayat Frontier United MethodistChurch. Interment in FrontierCemetery will be at a laterdate. Memorials are suggestedto Frontier Methodist Churchor the Hillsdale County SeniorCenter. Send condolences, togeorgewhitefuneralhome.com.
Luke, 98, of Landeck,Mass of Christian Burial willbegin at 10 a.m. Monday atSt. John the Baptist CatholicChurch, the Rev. Robert Killofficiating. Burial will be in thechurch cemetery.Friends may call from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday atHarter and Schier FuneralHome, where a Rosary servicebegins at 7 p.m. and a parishwake is at 7:30 p.m.In lieu of flowers, dona-tions may be made to St. Rita’sHospital Foundation, St. Johnthe Baptist Catholic Church orSt. John’s Parish Foundation.
Kenneth Al,85, of Van Wert, funeral ser-vices will be held at 10:30 a.m.Monday at Alspach-GearhartFuneral Home and Crematoryin Van Wert. Burial will be inWoodlawn Cemetery in OhioCity. Friends may call from2-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeralhome. Preferred memorials areto donor’s choice.
Dec. 21, 1922-Jan. 26, 2012
Betty M. Lauer, 89, of Delphos, died at 11:55p.m. Thursday at St. Rita’sMedical Center.She was born Dec.21, 1922, in Delphos toAlbert and Leona (Gulker)Laudick.On Sept. 9, 1944, shemarried James Lauer, whosurvives in Delphos.Other survivors includeson Robert (Teri) Lauer of Delphos; daughters Judy(Tom) Hickey, Jo (Dan)Duncan and Lynn (John)Miller of Delphos andCarol (Dave) Grothouse of Waterville; sisters NormaMacDonald of Seattle andAlberta Sanders of Delphos;and grandchildren Patrick(Dawn) and Aimee Hickey,Jeff and Matt (Amy)Grothouse, Dani and JennDuncan and Kristen, Kaitiand Brittany Miller; andgreat grandchildren Keiraand Taryn Hickey and Haleeand Kayla Grothouse.She was preceded indeath by her sister, MargaretMueller, and broth-ers William and RobertLaudick.Mrs. Lauer was a home-maker and member of St.John the Evangelist CatholicChurch.Mass of Christian Burialbegins at 11 a.m. Mondayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Revs.Melvin Verhoff and JacobGordon officiating. Burialwill follow in St. John’sCemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Sunday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherethe parish wake begins at7:30 p.m.Memorials are to St. JohnSchools.
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NEW YORK (AP) —Twitter, a tool of choicefor dissidents and activistsaround the world, founditself the target of globaloutrage Friday after unveil-ing plans to allow country-specific censorship of tweetsthat might break local laws.It was a stunning rolereversal for a youthfulcompany that prides itself in promoting unfetteredexpression, 140 charactersat a time. Twitter insisted itscommitment to free speechremains firm, and sought toexplain the nuances of itspolicy, while critics — ina barrage of tweets — pro-posed a Twitter boycott anddemanded that the censor-ship initiative be scrapped.“This is very bad news,”tweeted Egyptian activ-ist Mahmoud Salem, whooperates under the nameSandmonkey. Later, hewrote, “Is it safe to say that(hash)Twitter is selling usout?”In China, where activistshave embraced Twitter eventhough it’s blocked inside thecountry, artist and activist AiWeiwei tweeted in responseto the news: “If Twitter cen-sors, I’ll stop tweeting.”One often-relayed tweetbore the headline of a Forbesmagazine technology blogitem: “Twitter CommitsSocial Suicide”San Francisco-basedTwitter, founded in 2006,depicted the new system asa step forward. Previously,when Twitter erased a tweet,it vanished throughout theworld. Under the new policy,a tweet breaking a law inone country can be takendown there and still be seenelsewhere.Twitter said it will post acensorship notice whenevera tweet is removed and willpost the removal requests itreceives from governments,companies and individuals atthe website chillingeffects.org.The critics are jumping tothe wrong conclusions, saidAlexander Macgilliviray,Twitter’s general counsel.“This is a good thing forfreedom of expression, trans-parency and accountabil-ity,” he said. “This launch isabout us keeping content upwhenever we can and to beextremely transparent withthe world when we don’t.I would hope people real-ize our philosophy hasn’tchanged.”Some defenders of Internet free expression cameto Twitter’s defense.
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ty-driven. He adds that cut-backs in funding that helpprovide new doctors each yeardoesn’t help.“We keep producing phy-sicians every year but withMedicaid expansion, we alsohave federal government cut-backs in graduate medical edu-cation. We produced 16,000new physicians last year but2,800 of them couldn’t finda hospital or clinic for a resi-dency to complete their pro-gram because of cutbacks infederal grants that help payfor it,” he said.Wehri says health care iscomplicated but much of thatis because of insurance com-panies greed-driven practices,such as denying coverage— something the president’sreform legislation cracksdown on.“The insurers complicatethings because their goal is tomake a profit and they’re verygood at collecting premiumsbut can be very poor at pay-ing for services. Because of that, the insurance companiesare used to denying coveragefor various treatments. Theyalso require physicians andhospitals to jump through a lotof hoops with precertification;you have to precertify treat-ments before they’ll pay forit,” he said. “They refuse tocover certain treatments; theyrefuse to cover medications.They require us to prescribeone or two or more genericprescriptions before we arepermitted to use branded pre-scriptions. Coverage is deniedfor branded prescriptions fre-quently and we’re left to treatwith only generic prescriptionsor over-the-counter medica-tions in some instances.“There is a whole hostof complexities that haveevolved in our system overthe last decade or two and it’sgetting worse by the day. It’sgetting harder and harder toprovide care and get insur-ance companies to pay for it.Unfortunately, medical deci-sions aren’t made betweendoctors and their patients;they are made between doc-tors, patients and their insur-ance provider, if they haveone.“The insurance companiesare involved in health careprovision every day, all daylong. We’re affected from thestandpoint of what tests wecan order. We have to comeup with a diagnosis to covertests. In the good old days, wecould use a ‘rule-out’ diag-nosis where if a patient hadabdominal pain, for example,we could rule out appendici-tis or cancer of the intestine.Now, we have to know thediagnosis before we can ordertests but how is one supposedto know the diagnosis beforeone can order the test?“It’s a tough business outthere; there are a lot of ironsin the fire — a lot of groupsinvolved in health care pro-vision. There’s a lot going onout there and it isn’t alwayseasy to get health care ser-vices in the hands of the rightpeople at the right time fromthe right physician or hospi-tal.”
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Risky sledding
The exhilaration of a riskysleigh ride is a lot like life.It can be fun and frighteningat the same time. I’ve learnedsome valuable lessons whilesledding as a kid and sleddingwith our children. One lessonlearned as a nine year old is;don’t go head first down a steepslope into a concrete block wall just to get a dime from yourfriend who dares you to do it.The trip down the slope wasexciting, but the sudden stopat the bottom was hardly worthten cents!We moved around a lotwhen I was a kid. Whether itwas sledding with friends inthe mountains of Maryland orWest Virginia; it was alwaysfun and the riskier it was, thebetter. However, when mywife, Janie, and I went sleddingwith our three children (Mike,John and Chrissy), our nephew,Jerry, and other kids from theneighborhood, my perspectivechanged unless I was on thesled by myself. We had a steephill close by our home thatwas perfect for sledding. Manydays were spent having fun asa family, building a bonfire atthe top of the hill to try to keepwarm on the outside and drink-ing hot chocolate to get warmon the inside.We had several differenttypes of sleds. Some made of the traditional wood sled withmetal runners and others thatwere made of plastic; one thatwas round like a lid and impos-sible to steer and another thatlooked like an oversized BigWheel.There were several optionsfor making a trip down the hill;some safer than others. Theriskiest run required steeringthe sled down the hill and ontoa snow-made ramp or “launch-ing pad.” If you hit the ramp just right and with a lot of speedyou could make it to and undera barbed wire fence (you hadto keep your head down or thebarbed wire would snag yourtoboggan or something worse).If you had good momentum,you could make it past the barnand the cows (if you were real-ly daring you could go underat least one of the cows) acrossthe field, under another barbedwire fence. For the ultimaterun, you could make it to acurving driveway that ended atthe bottom of the hill and ledto a gravel road. It took quitea while to pull your sled fromthat spot back to the top of the hill and you had to take alonger route to avoid the fencesand cows, but it was worth it!The second-most challeng-ing run was down the hill andacross a frozen creek. If youkept good control, you couldcross the creek and stop onthe adjacent bank without run-ning into the old rusty car, thetrees and the barbed wire fence(watch out for the fence posts).It really wasn’t as dangerous asit sounds. One day while I wasat work our oldest son, Mike,hit one of the fence posts. Johnand Jerry ran to my wife’s par-ent’s home near by where shewas visiting.Janie and her dad went tothe scene of the accident andfound Mike still lying on hissled. Grandpa Dunn helpedMike up (Mike was 11 yearsold) and told him to “walkit off.” Grandpa helped holdMike while they jogged backtoward the house until Mike“blacked out” due to the painand shock. They called me andI met them at the hospital. Hewasn’t badly hurt; he suffereda bruised spleen, but we alllearned a valuable lesson aboutrisk vs. safety. This happenedmore than 30 years ago, soI checked with Mike regard-ing the facts of this incidentand he confessed that one timewhen he was sledding downthe slope I mentioned earlier,he made it under the fenceonly to discover a horse wasstanding in his way. He said,“I put my head down and wentright between the horse’s legs.”I remembered the cows, buthad forgotten about the horses.I guess I failed to realize thatwhen the boys saw me takingdangerous trips down the hill,they’d want to try it when weweren’t around to tell them notto — another lesson learned inhindsight.Most of our trips down thehill were much safer than thoseI’ve just described. Sometimes,I’d lie down on a sled and Janieand our kids would climb onand we’d take off. We usuallydidn’t make it very far beforepeople started falling off thesled; partly because our dogswould be running next to us(maybe they wanted on), butit was so much fun! We wouldspend hours and hours sleddinguntil we were too cold or toohungry to continue. I sure wishwe could go back and relivethose days but time moveson. Things have changed. Oursledding hill has a house builton the top of it now and lots of Christmas trees on the slopeswhere we spent so much timemaking memories.I hope I haven’t given youthe wrong impression abouttaking risks because loving andprotecting my family is some-thing I’ve always taken veryseriously. As a pastor, I alsoaccept the responsibility to prayfor and to do all I can to protectour church family and to lov-ingly touch as many lives aspossible. Yes, I’ve always beensomewhat of a “risk-taker.”Sometimes the risk was worthit and sometimes it wasn’t.One risk that I would neverwant anyone to take is living alife without Jesus; that really is“risky sledding!”
Pastor Dan Eaton
Evans formally declares for commissioner
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VAN WERT — Bill Evanshas announced his candidacyfor Van Wert County com-missioner. Evans is a third-generation farmer and asmall business owner fromthe Venedocia/Jonestownarea of Van Wert County.A 1971 graduate of Lincolnview High School,Evans is a Marine Corpsveteran who served thecountry during the Vietnamconflict.“I have always been ahands-on person and some-one other can rely upon toget the job done,” Evans stat-ed. “I realize that as commis-sioner you have to depend onother people to get projectsaccomplished. I am a goodcommunicator and have agreat work ethic. I am will-ing to work hard for you andnot afraid to tackle the tough jobs and get my hands dirty.Don’t ask someone to do a job you’re not willing to doyourself.”Evans currently servesas a York Township trust-ee and commander of theAmerican Legion Post346 in Ohio City. He is amember of the Van WertCounty Farm Bureau and theSalem Presbyterian Churchin Venedocia. His wife of 35 years, Ruth RingwaldEvans, grew up on a familyfarm near Middle Point. Thecouple has five children andseven grandchildren withgrandchild number eight duein February. The whole fam-ily lives within 50 miles of Van Wert.“As county commission-er, it will be my task to makeyour county a better place tolive and work,” said Evans.“We need to move forwardwith a comprehensive planfor Van Wert County. Manypeople have worked on sucha plan, but nothing has beenofficially adopted at thistime. We need to bring jobsto this county, keep the envi-ronment healthy, and try tokeep our children and theirchildren in this county with jobs and businesses that sup-port them.”Evans is also pushingfor agriculture, promisingto keep the industry stronglocally and to promote ag-related jobs. He pointedout that he follows USDArecommended conservationpractices and does his bestto be a good steward of theland, even encouraging hisson to be a fourth generationfarmer in the family.“I understand the prob-lems we have with the econ-omy. Housing, construction,factory jobs, and small busi-ness work are at an all-timelow. Our government debtis at an all-time high. Weneed to work on reversingthe current trends. We haveto take our country back,” hedeclared.In conclusion, Evanspromised, “This is yourcounty, and if I’m your com-missioner I will listen to youand come up with solutionsto serve the community. Letme know what you want,where you stand on impor-tant subjects, with any sub- ject. I have the experience.As a township trustee, I workwith the public every daycreating solutions. I can leadVan Wert County in a newdirection, to new opportuni-ties.”
Marion Township Trustees
The Marion TownshipTrustees held their regularscheduled meeting on Jan. 17at the Marion Township Officewith the following memberspresent: Jerry Gilden, JosephYoungpeter and HowardViolet.The purpose of the meetingwas to pay bills and conductongoing business. The min-utes of the previous meetingwere read and approved asread.President Howard Violetthen turned the meeting overto Fiscal Officer Kimmet,at which time he asked fornomination for president forthe 2012 year. Youngpeternominated Gilden which wasseconded by Trustee Violet.There being no further nomi-nations a vote was taken withall votes “YES.”The Fiscal Officer thenturned the meeting over tothe new president, Gilden atwhich time he asked for nom-ination for Vice-President.Trustee Violet nominatedTrustee Youngpeter whichwas seconded by TrusteeGilden. There being no furthernominations a vote was takenwith all votes “YES.”Trustee Violet madea motion to the keep theTownship meetings at 7 p.m.on the second and fourthMondays unless otherwisere-scheduled. Youngpeterseconded this motion whichpassed unanimously.The trustees then reviewedthe bills and gave approv-al for 18 checks totaling$24,157.54.Road Foreman Elweradvised the trustees that hechecked into T-5 lightingfor the township office andmaintenance building and atthis time, there are no pro-grams available for assistancethrough AEP but may besomething in near future.He spoke with AEP regard-ing changing the street lightin Landeck to a more efficientbulb. Fiscal Officer Kimmetwill send a letter to AEP withthe information they requested.He also cleaned a sectionof tile along 4334 SouthworthRoad that was causing waterissues but doesn’t think it waseffective and will have to berepaired when weather per-mits.The road and sign inven-tory for December had beencompleted.Fiscal Officer Kimmet gavethe trustees the Fund Status andBank Reconciliation Reportsfor December 31, 2011 to bereviewed and signed.He advised the trustees thatall year end reports for 2011have been completed and filedwhere necessary and a copy of the 2011 Annual report will bepublished as required.He then gave the trusteescopies of the Certificate of Total Sources available forExpenditures and Balances,the Revenue Status Report,and the 2012 Appropriationsfor their review and askedfor a resolution accepting theappropriation as presented.Trustee Violet offered theresolution which was second-ed by Youngpeter and uponroll call all votes were “YES.”A copy of the resolution is inthe resolution section 59 andwill be part of these minutes.He gave them the PurchaseOrder and Blanket Certificatesneeded for 2012 for theirreview and signature.He gave the trustee thecertification for road mileagefrom the Ohio Departmentof Transportation that wasreceived for the Allen CountyEngineers office to be signedand returned.Kimmet gave the trust-ee information regardingchanges made by the FederalGovernment on replacing signswithin the township. Aftersome discussion, Youngpetermade a motion to have RoadForeman Elwer to continueworking with the County andreplacing signs as necessaryto stay in compliance. TrusteeViolet seconded the motionwhich passed unanimously.Police Chief Vermilliongave the trustees a copy of the crash report for MarionTownship for 2010.He also had a renew-al form from the FederalCommunication Commissionto renew license for radiosin the township but advisedthe trustee this was no longerneeded due to using the MarcsRadios.Violet made a motion toaccept the revised Fire andEMS contract with AmericanTownship for 2 years (2012 &2013) which was seconded byYoungpeter and passed unani-mously.There being no furtherbusiness a motion to adjournby Violet was seconded byYoungpeter which passedunanimously.

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