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THE CITY OF FINDLAY ANNOUNCES LOW FIXED RATE FOR NATURAL GAS AGGREGATION PROGRAM - 10/16/2014
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Paul Schmelzer, Service-Safety Director
Phone: 419-424-7137
Email: pschmelzer@findlayohio.com


THE CITY OF FINDLAY ANNOUNCES LOW FIXED RATE FOR NATURAL GAS AGGREGATION PROGRAM

Gas Aggregation was first initated in Findlay in 2002. City of Findlay officials are pleased to announce that they have established a fixed rate for natural gas for members of the City’s aggregation program. Residents in the program will pay a low fixed rate of $0.517 per ccf for all gas consumed during the months of December 2014 through November 2015.

City officials would like to remind residents and small businesses to look for a mailer to arrive in the mail, concerning the Natural Gas Aggregation Program offer from Constellation. Residents and small businesses currently participating in the City’s Natural Gas Program will receive a rate change notice informing them of the new rate. These customers do not need to do anything to remain in the program and receive the new rate.

Newly eligible account holders who receive their gas supply from Columbia Gas of Ohio will receive an Opt-Out Notice from Constellation explaining the rate, terms and conditions, and means of opting out of the City’s Aggregation Program. These accounts will be added to the program unless they opt out as prescribed in the letter.

The $0.517 per Ccf rate is lower than what residents can obtain on their own at this time.

Customers who have already chosen a supplier on their own will receive a letter from Constellation inviting them to actively join the program. If you are served by another supplier you should be aware of the obligations in your existing contract before joining the City of Findlay program, as many suppliers charge a penalty for early termination. Customers wishing to join the program must be in good standing with their bill payment and cannot be part of the utility’s Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP).

Bruce Stewart, Chief Marketing Officer of Constellation, said, “We are pleased to be serving the City of Findlay and look forward to growing the enrollment. For those customers needing to take action to join the City’s program we’ve set up several means of enrollment for their convenience. First, residents and small businesses may call Constellation at 800-718-1493. Secondly, they may mail or fax the reply card that comes with the letter sent to their home or business. Also, they may join the program through our website at www.Constellation.com/Findlay.”

The City is pleased to have made this program possible. Residents should contact Constellation toll free at 1-800-718-1493 if they have any questions.


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FORT FINDLAY PLAYGROUND CLOSED FOR RENOVATION - 10/13/2014
October 13, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Matt Stoffel, Public Works Department, 419-424-7181

FORT FINDLAY PLAYGROUND CLOSED FOR RENOVATION

On October 16 Fort Findlay Playground will be closed for renovation work. Lowes Distribution Center employees will be repainting the playground area, seal coating the entire perimeter fence, and putting down fresh mulch as part of a community project that they complete each year. The playground will be closed from 7am to 5pm.

The rain date for this project is October 22.

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NEW LOGO BRANDING THE CITY OF FINDLAY - 10/9/2014
October 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mayor Lydia Mihalik, 419-424-7137

NEW LOGO BRANDING THE CITY OF FINDLAY

A logo design contest was held in 2013 to solicit new logo ideas from City residents. Sarah Totedo and Genna Newman (now Genna Freed with WFIN/WKXA), who were University of Findlay students and interns in the Mayor’s Office at the time, and Councilperson Grant Russel worked together coordinating the contest.

A total of 23 entries were submitted by 20 different artists ranging from high school and University students to professional graphic artists as well as many from the general public.

A panel of professionals was assembled to select the logo from the submitted entries. The panel included Anne Beekman, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design & Illustration with the University of Findlay, Greg Neat, Sr. Graphic Designer with Marathon Petroleum Company, and Jason Smith, Design & Graphics Editor with The Courier.

The selection panel, led by Ms. Beekman, exercised complete control over the selection process. At no time were the artists names revealed to the panel until after a winner was selected. The panel retained the option of selecting no winner from the submitted entries.

The panel met at the University of Findlay on November 18, 2013, and made a unanimous decision. The winning logo was created by Jay Yeater from Findlay.

Mr. Yeater offers this design rationale for the new logo:

“Patriotic. Vibrant. Growing. These powerful words set the tone for the new City of Findlay logo.

The flag-shaped “F” is a bold symbol that will act as our icon for the city. The text, City of Findlay, contains a unique font that continues the flow of the patriotic icon. Finally, the red and blue color palette pays homage to our patriotic past and our exciting new future.

Through both style and symbolism, this new logo represents the shared values and deep community roots that we all value. At the same time, we are a forward-moving city with fresh perspective and youthful resurgence. We are Flag City, USA.”

In addition to the logo in numerous styles and file formats, Mr. Yeater has provided additional graphics for Facebook & Twitter as well as a graphics style-guide.

The new logo will be unveiled on the south water tower as soon as the painting tarps come down.

The City Seal is not being replaced by the new logo.  The Seal demonstrates our history with the depiction of Fort Findlay, displays our city motto “Fide Et Fortitudine” (Faith and Courage). Our City Seal will remain a prominent fixture within our public service operation and community.

Click here to see new logo:  City of Findlay

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Cancelled - 10/8/2014
October 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Todd Richard, 419-424-7108

BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS MEETING CANCELLED

The Board of Zoning Appeals meeting scheduled for October 9, 2014, has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. The meeting has been rescheduled to October 16, 2014, at 6pm in Council Chambers, Municipal Building.

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Lye Creek Riparian Buffer Project - 9/25/2014
For Immediate Release: September 25, 2014
Contact: Paul Schmelzer, Safety Service Director
Telephone: 419-424-7137

Lye Creek Riparian Buffer Project

Work has begun on the Riparian Buffer project along the west side of Lye Creek located near East Main Cross St. The site has been prepared for planting native grass, trees, and bushes. The grass was planted on September 18th, and the trees and bushes will be planted in late October.

A grant was awarded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to the City of Findlay in April of this year. The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is helping with the implementation of the project.

“This project was financed through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency under the provisions of the Surface Water Improvement Fund and the US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.”

For the fact sheet on the project:  click here.

 
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