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Kasich Praises Senate for Rejecting Health Care Tax Increase

COLUMBUS – Ohio Governor John R. Kasich issued the following statement in response to today’s action in the Ohio Senate:

“The Senate deserves credit for saying no to efforts that would have risked the future sustainability of Ohio’s health care system in order to seek a 24 percent tax hike on health plans. I also applaud the Senate for choosing a different path on additional counterproductive health care provisions. I stand by my vetoes on other health care items and am disappointed with today’s actions on them, but am committed to working to manage changes with the least possible disruption in order to continue providing taxpayers with value and needy Ohioans with quality care.”

Whitehall Man Arrested for Selling COTA Bus Passes

Intended for Low-income and Homeless School Children

Columbus – A Whitehall man who sold stolen Columbus Area Transit Authority (COTA) bus passes to an undercover COTA investigator was arrested and charged with telecommunications fraud. The passes, stolen from the Columbus City Schools transportation department, were intended for district students from low-income households, those who are homeless, or those involved in the district’s intern program.

The Ohio Auditor of State’s office, working in conjunction with COTA security and Columbus City School District’s Internal Auditor, conducted the four-month investigation which led to the arrest of Jason S. Morris, 31, of Baywood Street, Whitehall. Further evidence will be presented to Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office with a request for additional charges.

According to investigators, Morris sold four COTA bus passes for $100 in a sting operation after advertising them for sale on a website. The passes, which were individually valued at $62, had earlier been sold to the Columbus City Schools as part of a $60,000 purchase of monthly bus passes. Investigators said Morris received at least 100 stolen passes valued at more than $6,000 from a Columbus schools employee assigned to the transportation department. The individual was removed from her position today.

“Theft of tax dollars bothers me greatly; stealing bus passes from homeless and low-income kids infuriates me, and should anger all hard-working Ohioans,” Auditor Dave Yost said. “These facts warrant a one-way bus pass to jail.”

Carolyn Smith, internal auditor for the Columbus City Schools, said her staff will be examining the controls on the COTA pass program, estimated to cost the district about $500,000 this year.

COTA first became aware the stolen passes were being offered for sale and contacted the school district. The district then contacted the Auditor of State to assist in the investigation.

Auditor Yost thanked COTA, the Columbus and Whitehall police departments, and the Columbus Schools’ internal auditing staff for their assistance and cooperation in the investigation and the arrest of Morris.

Slone Placed On ‘Unpaid’ Administrative Leave

GALION, OH – Crawford County Municipal Court records have confirmed that the superintendent of the Galion Electric Department, Tony Slone, has been charged with receiving stolen property.

Communications Director for the City of Galion confirmed today that Slone has been placed on unpaid administrative leave and that the Crawford County Sherrif’s Office was investigating whether or not electrical service was hooked up to the home of a city utility worker according to policy.

On August 3rd, an electrical building permit was issued from the city’s building and codes department to a contractor that said to “remove illegal tap and install new” at a Galion residence. A Galion electric company employee is listed on the permit as an owner.

Mike Echelberry, the City of Galion’s Communications Director, stated:

“Tony Slone, the superintendent of the Galion Electric Department, was placed on unpaid administrative leave as of 7:00 a.m. on Aug. 24. Slone received a court summons from Crawford County Municipal Court on Aug. 23 with a charge of receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor. The city has no further comment about the case at this time.”

Ohio man among 10 missing sailors on USS John McCain

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 3:58 AM

By Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com,

cpinckard@cleveland.com

CABLE, Ohio — A man from central Ohio has been identified as one of 10 U.S. sailors missing after a Navy destroyer collided with a tanker on Monday, reports say.

Jacob Drake, 21, is a 2013 graduate of Triad High School in Champaign County, which is located about 45 miles northwest of Columbus, the Dispatch reports.

Drake was aboard the McCain when the guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC collided near the Strait of Malacca near Singapore.

The commander of the Navy’s 7th Fleet will be removed after a series of warship accidents in the Pacific this year, two U.S. officials said Wednesday.

The sailor’s fiancee, Megan Partlow, 20, tells the New York Post she and Drake’s family are clinging to hope.

She tells the Post, though, she became concerned on Sunday when Drake didn’t respond to a text message.

“I had a feeling he was one of the ones missing that night when he never messaged me back because he always messaged me back no matter what,” she said.

“I worried constantly,” Partlow tells the Post. “He always promised to come home safe but when it comes down to it he would do anything to save his fellow brothers even if that means risking his life.”

Drake is an electronics technician 2nd class with the Navy, the Springfield News-Sun reports.

“He was, maybe still is hopefully, coming home for leave in November,” Drake’s sister, Veronica Drake, tells the News-Sun. “In December he was going to be back in the United States for good.”

The Navy said on Tuesday that some remains had been recovered from sealed compartments on the ship, but none had been identified, CNN reports. One body also was found at sea by the Malaysian Navy.

“Until we have exhausted any potential of recovering survivors or bodies, the search and rescue efforts will continue,” Navy Adm. Scott Swift said.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio issued a statement Tuesday saying he and his wife, Connie Schultz, are “praying for Jacob’s well-being and safety.”

“Service members like Jacob represent the very best of our state, and I’m hopeful the divers searching for these brave sailors can find him and bring him home safely,” Brown said.

The White House also issued a statement, expressing “great sadness” about the incident, CNN reports.

“As the Navy begins the process of recovering our fallen sailors, our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends,” the statement says.

BREAKING: ISIS Hacks John Kasich’s Website With Ominous Message For Trump

Tasha Davis- Political Writer – June 25, 2017

John Kasich’s website just got hacked by ISIS operatives, and the message they left is the most ominous we’ve seen so far. Even though Kasich was the target of the hack, the message left behind was addressed to none other than the president of the United States.

The message was a direct threat to Americans.

The message that took over the homepage of Kasich’s website goes as follows:

“You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.”

The message ended with:

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“I Love Islamic state.”

The state treasurer of Ohio commented on the issue with a panic-infused message for Americans.

The threatening message from the world’s largest source of mass terror is looming over Americans as they struggle to disassociate from the president who currently represents the country they happened to be birthed in.

Trump continues to put Americans in danger with his anti-Mulsim rhetoric. While every American is an enemy to this small percentage of Muslims, Donald Trump has seemingly made himself public enemy #1 in the eyes of ISIS.

Kasich’s office released the following response the to hack:

“All affected servers have been taken off line and we are investigating how these hackers were able to deface these websites. We also are working with law enforcement to better understand what happened.”

For the First Time in 40 Years, Ohio Lawmakers Override Budget Vetoes

By Andy Chow / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

For the first time in four decades, the Ohio Legislature has gone over the governor’s head to implement policy without his approval.

The votes in the Republican-controlled Senate mostly dealt with Medicaid spending and control of those dollars. Two veto overrides ultimately restrict the power of the Controlling Board, a small legislative panel led by a member of the governor’s administration that Kasich used to expand Medicaid in Ohio. The override means spending approval must now go through the full Legislature.

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof said overriding these vetoes helps restore legislative oversight.

“The administrative state has taken on what were traditionally, or what should be, responsibilities of the Legislature and we are starting to take some of those back,” he said.

Ohio’s Senate Decides Which Kasich Vetoes to Override

By Andy Chow • Aug 22, 2017

State legislative eaders are ready to deliver another blow to fellow Republican, Gov. John Kasich. The Senate is likely to give final approval to at least some veto overrides that started in the House. The vote would be more than just a symbolic loss of power for the Kasich Administration.

Tim Ryan: ‘Maybe the country needs somebody from a place like Youngstown’

Posted: Aug 22, 2017 9:31 PM EDT

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 4:26 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio –

There has been plenty of talk over the past year on whether Valley Congressman Tim Ryan will toss his hat into the 2020 race for President. And now, comments made earlier this week by Ryan have once again peeked the interest of those keeping watch.

“I have no idea at this point,” said Tim Ryan during an interview with WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire “But we’ll see, I like being out around the country. I like talking about this. I like crafting the message, and I think, you know, maybe the country needs somebody from a place like Youngstown, Ohio, that has tried to develop the local economy at the local level.”

The interview caught the attention of the 21 News Team, whose political analyst Dr. William Binning agrees the comment is the closest we’ve seen to Ryan saying he is considering a run for President.

“I think he thinks he offers something perhaps to the future of the Democratic Party as a messenger, maybe as a candidate for President or Vice President and he’s fishing in those waters,” said Binning.

Binning says 2018 is the year to watch who from the Democratic Party steps up.

“For example does Ryan pick up the pace, does he visit more districts, does he become a voice for part of the message of the National Democratic Party,” asked Binning.

One note Binning says is clear, at least for the time being, is that Ryan has a reach with some democratic voters who crossed over for President Trump.

“We will have to wait and see,” said Binning. “A lot of times in either party you have to move away from the center. In the case of the Democrats to the left or the Republicans to the right in order to gain traction as a candidate. So we will see how gifted he is at this game.”

Hitting Ohio 16 ways: How a bad census count could cost Ohioans

Posted August 24, 2017 at 07:16 AM

Counting people is hard, and controversial, too

WASHINGTON — Counting the nation’s population might seem easy. Yet U.S. census takers find it harder every 10 years to get people to return their surveys or open their doors and answer questions about incomes, jobs, family size and race, even though respondents’ identities are kept anonymous.

The U.S. Census Bureau wants to update its methods with high-tech data-collection tools for the 2020 headcount. President Donald Trump and conservative Republicans in Congress don’t want to boost the bureau’s budget much for this, noting heavy spending for the 2010 census and cost overruns for an electronic data system already under development. The bureau’s director, John H. Thompson, resigned in May and has not been replaced.

The Census Project, an organization that includes cities, states, mayors and state legislators, says the government needs to spend $1.8 billion next year to help the Census Bureau gear up for 2020 and test new methods and technologies. Trump only requested $1.524 billion, and Congress appears to be settling close to that number as it tries to resolve budget questions by late September. That’s slightly higher than the $1.47 billion Congress approved for the current year.

This matters because federal agencies send money to states — for social welfare programs, roads, payments to doctors — based on populations and incomes. If the count is bad in the decennial census and in follow-up supplemental surveys, the state can get shortchanged. Some people may see that as a good way to cut federal spending. But the spending is driven by laws already on the books, and the laws can only be carried out fully with a good count.

What’s at stake for Ohio? The Counting for Dollars Project at George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy examined how 16 major federal programs used census information — specifically, data sets that the government derived from the traditional headcount — when sending money to states in 2015. Here’s how the count worked out for Ohioans, and why the 2020 census will matter.

Medicaid covers the cost of health care for low-income Americans. The federal government shares the cost with states, and the feds sent nearly $11.3 billion to Ohio for Medicaid in fiscal year 2015.

Here’s where the census comes in: The federal share is determined partly by factoring in each state’s per-capita income. The higher the income, the more prosperous the residents — which means that under the law, the state can afford to pick up a bigger share.

Per-capita income simply means a state’s total income, based on Commerce Department data, divide by the population of the state.

If the census count was too low because the Census Bureau had to cut corners, that could show Ohio having fewer people — and in turn, it would make Ohio’s per-capita income look higher. That would mean the feds, who now pay 62.3 cents of every Medicaid dollar in Ohio (not counting a higher share for some residents under the Affordable Care Act), would recalculate what it pays — and the state could have to pick up a larger share, said Andrew Reamer, a George Washington University research professor.

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, provided $2.5 billion to help low-income Ohio families buy groceries in 2015. Eligibility is based on household size, expenses and income.

But a separate calculation, using the number of people counted by the Census Bureau and jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, helps determine another facet of the food stamp program. SNAP requires most able-bodied adults who have no dependents to work after a certain period of time, but states can waive the work requirement in regions where the unemployment rate is unusually high because it’s harder to find work where there are fewer jobs available.

Yet unemployment data in each county is based partly on each county’s population — and a miscount in the decennial census would increase the likelihood of a less accurate unemployment count. This could harm a county’s eligibility for a waiver, George Washington University said.

Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors, determines how much to pay doctors by using “Geographic Practice Cost Indices,” or the cost of running a doctor’s office. The indices come in part from surveys that are based on the census. They cover such things as office rents, the cost of supplies and equipment and payroll expenses.

If the census data is wrong on costs in a particular area, the geographical index — and the amount a doctor should be paid — might be off.

Except for the odd case of a bridge to nowhere, federal highway money tends follow need. And a need for good roads often correlates with population.

In fact, says George Washington University, five transportation programs — the National Highway System Component, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement, Metropolitan Planning, Surface Transportation, and Equity Bonus — use census-derived data such as population, urban population and median income.

This helped Ohio get $1.4 billion in federal highway funds in 2015.

If Ohio’s population was undercounted in the 2020 census, the state could be shortchanged in highway money, too. This could especially affect cities, because local population is factored into the distribution.

Section 8 provides rent vouchers so low-income families have paces to live.

But how do you define low-income in any particular region? How do you know what median rents are so you can determine which apartments and rents qualify?

These and other metrics come from the census. A miscount could result in inaccurate estimates of housing need, thresholds for renters’ incomes and average rents by size of apartment. It could put the value of vouchers out of whack with the reality of the rental market.

Ohio landlords got $556.6 million in Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers in 2015.

Congress recognizes that schools can have teaching challenges when they enroll high concentrations of students from poor families, so it provides extra money for the Department of Education to distribute to these local districts. These are called Title 1 grants, and they use four formulas — with poverty as the major gauge — to determine how much money to provide.

If the census is wrong on a school district’s or census tract’s poverty, the grants will be too small or too large.

Ohio schools got nearly $566 million in Title 1 grants in 2015.

Students from low-income families qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school or community centers. The cutoff for free lunches is 130 percent of the poverty level, or $31,980 for a family of four, but students whose parents earn up to $45,510 in a family of four can get reduced-price lunches.

Census data help determine national program eligibility guidelines and how much each school district gets reimbursed.

Ohio got $350.5 million in school lunch money in 2015.

OK, you get the idea, and we won’t belabor it. But for the record, George Washington University also calculated that the census played a role in Ohio getting the following sums in 2015:

•$431.6 million in special education grants tied in part to the number of children living in poverty, based on the census.

•$432.8 million in payments for medical care for children in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which bases its allocation partly on the number of children in poverty.

•$459.8 million for public housing agencies to provide rental assistance for low-income families who live in apartments owned by the housing agencies. Called Project-based Section 8, this is related to the other Section 8 program mentioned already, but with different sums and different landlords, and it too uses census data for allocation.

•$323.7 million for Head Start/Early Start, which promotes school readiness and distributes its money based on a state’s number of children in low-income households.

The George Washington University analysis also looked at the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children ($164.3 milion for Ohio); assistance for foster care ($204.8 million for Ohio); health centers for underserved communities ($122.2 million); low-income energy assistance, which many seniors rely on to help pay utility bills ($148.3 million for Ohio), and child care and development assistance for low-income families so parents can work, attend school or get training ($130.1 million for Ohio).

We have now mentioned 16 programs. Each of them relies on an accurate census, whether the big one taken every ten years or in annual, supplemental surveys that are based in part on the decennial count and are used to measure other population and demographic patterns.

Shortchanging the 2020 headcount could do more than affect the redrawing of the nation’s congressional districts, which is what many Americans think the census is for. It could also shortchange the Ohioans who rely on funding that flows from the data, be they physicians or students, according to Census Bureau supporters.

That may be fine with lawmakers who want to cut government spending or who find the census too intrusive. The census certainly has its critics.

But it helps to know when you hear the debate: This is about much more than counting people.

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Ohio Sea Grant Researcher Receives NOAA Grant to Study When Algal Blooms Become Harmful

GIBRALTAR ISLAND – Dr. Justin Chaffin, research scientist for The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab and Ohio Sea Grant, along with partners across Ohio and Michigan, has received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study what causes Lake Erie algal blooms to become toxic. The study, which will incorporate both computer modeling and hands-on laboratory experiments, is focused on providing more guidance to water utilities on when they should plan to treat drinking water for algal toxins.

The NOAA grant of $248,413 supports the first year of this new research project, part of an anticipated total $749,525 pending availability of future agency funding. The project is funded through the Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) research program, administered by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in NOAA’s National Ocean Service.

Chaffin, based at Ohio State’s Stone Lab, is partnering with researchers from LimnoTech, Bowling Green State University, Michigan Technological University, The University of Toledo and Wayne State University on the three-year project. The importance of the study was demonstrated dramatically by the 2014 drinking water ban in Toledo, which was caused by algal toxins and affected almost half a million people.

“While forecasting harmful algal bloom size is reasonably accurate right now and real-time sensors in the lake provide the location of the bloom, we still have fundamental questions about what controls when blooms become toxic, and how to predict that toxicity,” said Chaffin, Stone Lab’s research coordinator. “For this project, we’ll be looking into the environmental factors that influence the dynamics between blooms that produce toxins and blooms that do not produce toxins, along with factors that cause degradation of microcystins in the environment.”

Products to come out of the study will include specific technical guidance to drinking water utilities and other stakeholders on incorporating improved forecasting, including both algae biomass and toxicity, into their daily operations. The scientists also plan to create presentations and tools to share their results with other researchers and anyone who holds an interest in harmful algal bloom research, mitigation and prevention.

Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued the following statement:

“Steubenville Police requested the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to investigate a shooting incident outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, in which Common Pleas Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese, Jr. was injured. A suspect in the shooting died during the incident. BCI has assigned its Special Investigations, Crime Scene, and Cyber Units to this investigation.

“Fran and I are praying for Judge Bruzzese and his family at this difficult time.”

Doctor busted for “pill mill” dies day after being shot in his New Albany home

by Lu Ann Stoia

NEW ALBANY, Ohio — Detectives are working to find clues in the fatal shooting of Dr. Kevin Lake, shot in his own bed. Investigators said Lake never fired his gun at an intruder. Burglar alarms were going off in the home, but deputies said there was no home surveillance video.

When Lake’s son Bryce called 9-1-1, he told the dispatcher that his family had some intruders at the house several days ago and police did nothing.

Major Steve Tucker with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said “we received no 9-1-1 calls or any calls for service from that residence in the days or weeks or months leading up to that particular incident.”

Investigators have sealed the search warrant and aren’t talking about what they found in the rural home on Schleppi Road where the shooting occurred. Detectives said a screen in the back of the home had been cut, but the window was not locked and was simply lifted up.

Neighbor Ken Holloway said with what goes on in the world, even living in the country isn’t safe. “It’s really got me puzzled why somebody would break in at that particular house in broad daylight,” said Holloway.

Lake had lost his medical license and was awaiting sentencing after he made a plea agreement in a major illegal drug clinic case in Columbus. Lake pleaded guilty in January to drug, tax, and fraud charges in connection with owning and operating a pill mill on the south side of Columbus. ABC 6/FOX 28 obtained the plea agreement which stated if Lake helped authorities in prosecuting others he could get a lighter sentence.

Tucker was asked if there was more than one intruder. “At this point,that is what we are trying to determine who, if anyone actually did enter through the window and exactly how many. That is where we are at this stage in the investigation.”

Detectives said Kevin Lake, his son, and wife were all armed.

“We are trying to ascertain exactly why they were carrying firearms , why it was important for them to stay armed at all times and that is going to be an important part of the investigation,” said Tucker.

Detectives said they are working on possible motives in the case and have not ruled out a random home invasion. Investigators said they are working with federal authorities, who received a letter from the Lakes claiming their lives were threatened this week. But detectives want to know if the Lakes were in jeopardy, why did they remain at the home when they own several other properties.

“I can confirm that we do have a copy of the letter that was allegedly left there at the house and we are currently looking at at the contents of that letter, ” said Tucker.

Deputies said they want to talk to Lake’s wife, who had left the home for work when the shooting occurred. Mrs. Lake had been at her husband’s bedside at Grant Medical Center where he was in grave condition before his death.

The families attorney released a statement on Lake’s passing:

“The family of Dr. Kevin Lake, DO, wishes to thank those who prayed for, sent, well wishes, and sat vigil with the family at Grant Medical Center in the past two days.

Kevin was declared brain dead earlier today and died with his family by his side. The family was aware of death threats related to an on-going federal fraud and tax investigation. Prior to the attack on Kevin’s life on June 22, 2017 —-

No other Lake family member is involved in the ongoing federal investigation. They respectfully request the right to mourn Kevin privately. Any additional request for information will be handled by family attorney Bradley Davis Barbin.”

Search Warrants Executed in Ottawa County

(PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio)—Search warrants were executed in Ottawa County at seven locations as part of an ongoing joint investigation into the Village of Put-in-Bay which is being conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Ohio Ethics Commission.

Search warrants were executed at the following locations:

431 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

435 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

784 Cooper Drive, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

804 Cooper Drive, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

234 Delaware Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

211 East 2nd Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452

3 North Monroe Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452

The Ohio Auditor of State’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also assisted with the execution of the search warrants.

The search warrants were filed under seal. The joint investigation remains ongoing.

Ohio employers receive $375,000 in workplace safety grants

COLUMBUS – Fourteen Ohio employers will share $375,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

“The prevention of workplace injuries helps Ohio workers remain healthy and productive members of their communities,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison. “I appreciate these employers partnering with us to build a culture of safety in workplaces across Ohio.”

BWC approved the Safety Intervention Grants in July. The recipient employers operate in 11 counties around the state, including:

Brown County

Butler County

Franklin County

Hamilton County

Hocking County

Jackson County

Mahoning County

Marion County

Sandusky County

Stark County

Tuscarawas County

The Safety Intervention Grant program matches an employer’s investment 3-to-1 up to a maximum of $40,000. Quarterly data reports and follow-up case studies measure the effectiveness of employers’ safety interventions and establish best practices for accident and injury prevention. Learn more about the Safety Intervention Grant Program at bwc.ohio.gov. View stories about previous grant recipients on BWC’s YouTube channel.

Established in 1912, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation provides workers’ compensation insurance to more than 250,000 public and private Ohio employers. With nearly 2,000 employees and assets of approximately $30 billion, BWC is the largest state-run insurance system in the United States. Our mission is to protect Ohio’s workers and employers through the prevention, care and management of workplace injuries and illnesses at fair rates. For more, visit www.bwc.ohio.gov.

Village of Crooksville, OH Water System Groundbreaking

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Village of Crooksville, Ohio, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its water system replacement project at the Village Park at 1 Park Drive on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

Since January 2013 the Village of Crooksville has experienced 65 waterline breaks due to the aged system built in the 1920s, resulting in millions of gallons of water loss per month and numerous boil water advisories. The new system will address those issues and replace many undersized waterlines, resulting in improved service to customers.

The project includes the design and construction of a water system replacement for the water system that provided service to approximately 1,609 customers in the Village of Crooksville in Perry County, Ohio. Approximately 60,000 feet of 3” to 8” waterline will be replaced, including valves, hydrants, service connections, sub-metering locations and some residential water meter replacement. In addition, the project includes replacement of a 200,000 gallon storage tank.

Speakers at the groundbreaking will include Mayor Fred Redfern, Huntington District Commander Col. Philip Secrist, Holly Tucker with the Ohio EPA-SE District Office, and David Goodman with the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The stakeholders in the project are the Village of Crooksville, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Jobes Henderson & Associates, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hull & Associates, Inc.), and the Small Communities Environmental Infrastructure Group.

For more information, please contact Paige Kelley with Jobes Henderson at 740-344-5451.

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