7:46 AM - December 12th, 2017
PHILA COUNCIL HOPES TO WRAP BUDGET WORK SOON
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) – Council members are again aiming to finish the city budget in one shot sooner rather than later. Chair Darrin Lautenschleger says his Finance Committee is working out details in the 2018 spending plan to have it finalized before the new year. He says doing this eliminates the need for a temporary budget so department heads can have a better understanding of their needs earlier in the year. Lautenschleger says his committee is currently focusing on wages in the upcoming budget, as they iron out the details of a pay scale for non-union officials that was approved earlier in the year.
DOVER’S REVITALIZATION PLAN GAINS APPROVAL
DOVER (WJER) – Dover leaders are working on giving residents more mobility while improving the look of downtown. Mayor Rick Homrighausen says the 5 year, $7.5-million Dover Revitalization Plan will improve sidewalk access, river front availability and focus on alternative transportation with plans to put in bike lanes as well. Homrighausen calls it a worthwhile project that will span across a roughly 12-block area. He says the first part of the project could begin as soon as 2018 when they install an official entrance to the riverfront space just off Front Street. Homrighausen says that riverfront work will cost about $5000,000, which he plans to pay for using the city’s capital improvement fund. Homrighausen recently visited the county commissioners, who agreed to write a letter of support for the project.
ADDICTION COUNSELING GROUPS FILLING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
DOVER (WJER) - Tuscarawas County Health Department substance abuse addiction counselors say help is available to stay clean and sober during the holidays. Derrick Jenkins says the high expectations and stress of the Christmas season, such as being unable to provide for loved ones or losing a job, can be enough to lead to relapse. Jenkins says part of that is why their intensive outpatient counseling groups have been filling up quickly. That program lasts about 12 weeks, but the time can vary. Jenkins says the health department also offers help for addicts in the form of individual counseling, relapse prevention for people needing a lower level of care, and conjoint sessions for individuals and their family to attend.
COMMISSIONERS IN COLUMBUS TO DISCUSS COUNTY ISSUES
COLUMBUS (WJER) - The Tuscarawas County Commissioners are getting to talk with colleagues from around the state about issues facing all counties in Columbus. That’s where they are today for the start of the annual two-day County Commissioners Association of Ohio Conference. Commissioner Chris Abbuhl says Tuscarawas County losing $700-thousand in MCO tax monies is a topic that’s sure to come up. The association as a whole can then have a stronger voice than any individual county when relaying these concerns to the legislature. Abbuhl, who is chair of the Agricultural Rural Affairs Committee within the association, will also introduce OSU professor Dr. Chris Winslow to speak about the farming impact on water quality, which is significant as agriculture is Ohio’s top industry.
4-H LEADERS HAVE WHAT NEWCOMERS NEED
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - 4-H officials are getting ready for a new year of activities and making sure everyone can find what they need to find their own place. OSU Extension Educator Kiersten Heckle says the deadline to register for 4-H is April 15th, but she says there is a number of things happening before then while they get ready for the New Year, like advisor training in January, and the installment of some new 4-H clubs. Heckle says while she finishes scheduling out the rest of 2018, anyone interested in joining 4-H or wanting to get a jump start on picking their project can find out more on the extension office website. Heckle says 4-H offers a number of creative and interesting projects in addition to farming related work including photography, scrapbooking, citizenship projects and more. And she says there are always new projects being added as well.
LITTLE THEATRE CAST SHOULDERS BIG PRODUCTION
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The group at Little Theatre is getting into the spirit with its latest production that’s happening now. It’s called “A Tuna Christmas,” and it’s described as a holiday comedy based on a town called Tuna, which in the play is said to be the 3rd smallest in Texas, and the various yuletide activities and mishaps there. Director Josh Larkin says they have eight cast members playing a total of 22 characters. One of those performers is Annie Tipton, she plays two female characters and one male character. The Sheriff. Those shows are going on through Sunday, and then run again from Thursday to next Sunday at Little Theatre.