In 2011, with the assistance of Hull & Associates, the city obtained a grant from the Ohio Department of Development through the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund for assessment work at the site.
In 2014, the city filed an expedited foreclosure application with the county Board of Revision. The following year, no one bid for the property at public auctions and the property was forfeited to the city.
In 2017, the city took title to the property and, later that year, TIS Properties LLC partnered with the city to clean up and redevelop the site. The city and TIS both committed funds toward that end, and the Champaign Economic Partnership assisted in obtaining grant funding.
In 2020, the city transferred ownership of the east side of the property to TIS Properties LLC.
The city still owns the west side of the property, west of Dugan Run and the Simon Kenton Trail. City officials say remediation has been completed on the west side and that a covenant not to sue will be requested from Ohio EPA. At that point, the city hopes to find an end user.
The city, TIS and the Champaign Economic Partnership continue work to redevelop the property.
Information provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the city of Urbana and the Champaign Economic Partnership
Students like Dawson, who have an interest in entering the workforce after graduation, can apply to become a full-time employee with Weidmann. They also work with students to allow them to work part-time while attending college, which is what Gavin hopes to do. After graduation he will be attending Ashland University majoring in Business Administration and Manufacturing Management. Jessica encourages local students to know they have options after graduation. “Whether a student enters a career path or completes a college education, we want them to know we have opportunities that range from entry-level, to technical careers.”
Jessica noted that as a local manufacturer willing to hire high school students starting at age 16, they seek candidates with hobbies or interests that align with those of a manufacturer, hands-on learners, those that enjoy working on cars, are mechanically inclined or have a career goal to work in a technical field. Weidmann currently has 2 part-time positions available for local, high school students. These students can receive part-time benefits which include hiring bonuses, Paid Time Off, paid holidays and clothing reimbursement programs.
She wants local students to know there are part-time opportunities available in their areas of interest. “Not every student wants to work in retail or restaurants, and we want to give those students options in fields they enjoy.” These opportunities can turn into career paths for many. CEP Director, Marcia Bailey, is grateful for employers like Weidmann. “The partnership between our local manufacturers and area high schools has allowed our workforce to grow. We want to ensure Champaign County students consider staying in our communities after graduation to begin their careers.”
Weidmann is a 140-year-old, family-owned business that manufactures board and paper insulation to transformer manufacturers around the world. They opened their Urbana, Ohio facility in 2010 and have 135 employees spanning over a 3 shift operation. The company has been a great asset to the community and is actively engaged in the county. They are currently looking to fill a variety of positions and encourage students to seek opportunities by visiting their job page: https://www.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/wicor or by contacting Business Liaison, Ashley Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous articles in the Daily Citizen noted the Mechanicsburg Public Library and the Champaign County Library and its North Lewisburg branch are distributing the free at-home tests.
The state has secured the purchase of at least 2 million tests that can be self-administered outside of a clinical setting. The new Abbott BinaxNOW Home Test can be provided to individuals for at-home use and is packaged with a telehealth session to oversee test administration, including prescription writing and result reporting. The state’s objective is to make rapid testing much more broadly accessible throughout the state.
These tests are provided at no cost by the state of Ohio in partnership with eMed. Patrons may request a test for themselves as well as up to four family members.
Once home with the test, you will need internet access and either a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop with webcam. Using the NAVICA app (available for iOS or Android) or https://ohio.emed.com, answer a series of questions to prepare for a free online session with an eMed proctor who will provide instructions for taking the test. The entire process will take 15-30 minutes.
Test results will remain available in the NAVICA app for 7 days and can be used to return to work, school, for traveling, or other occasions when a negative test result is required.
To request a test kit, call the Main Library at 937-653-3811 Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. or Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You may also call the North Lewisburg Branch Library at 937-747-3043, Monday-Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. or Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
From Urbana Daily Citizen
The Champaign County Friends of 4-H are sponsoring an Egg Your Yard fundraiser for the Champaign County 4-H Food, Fashion and Creative Arts Board.
4-H members will scatter candy-filled eggs in yards within Champaign County from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 3, for children to find on Easter Sunday morning.
Provide your name, address, phone number and check ($20 for 25 eggs and $35 for 50 eggs) payable to the Champaign County 4-H FCS Committee by Friday, April 2, to the Champaign County Extension Office, 1512 S. U.S. Hwy 68, Suite B100, Urbana, OH 43078.
The Champaign Economic Partnership Board of Trustees has elected two new members – Jerome Armstrong, as financial representative, and Brad Winner, leisure/entertainment representative. And Lynette Moody serves as the CEP’s new administrative assistant.
“With the CEP I look forward to assisting in the continued growth of Urbana and Champaign County to help businesses create more opportunities for citizens, including our younger generation, and attract more families to live in our community.”
CEP board member and treasurer Dave Snyder has changed from serving as the board’s finance representative to at-large member.
He moved back to Urbana in 2017 with his wife, Samantha. He serves on the Champaign County Arts Council board and is active at Faith Tabernacle Church.
“Bringing industry and entertainment to Champaign County is a top priority to me,” he says. “Rural areas in Ohio are in a revitalization period and our area has had some amazing people working to steer us in the right direction. I’m thankful to be asked to help build on their achievements.”
Practice to become Madison Health - Mechanicsburg
Her practice name will soon become “Madison Health – Mechanicsburg” as she signs with Madison Health and their Alliance partners at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Mount Carmel Health System.
“Because I believe in giving the highest quality of care and operating with sound business principles and policies, I’ve chosen to partner with Madison Health, which will allow me more time to focus on what I love best – the clinical care of my patients,” she said. “It takes a great deal of time to oversee the daily operations of the practice, while maintaining a compassionate, patient-centered approach. There are simply not enough hours in the day to do all the things I love – and that’s a good dilemma to have.”
Elle and her husband, Scott, are thrilled with the partnership and are hopeful that the future may yield even more health care providers in the practice. Elle will continue to see patients full-time in Mechanicsburg, and will even expand patient appointment hours beyond her present business hours.
Elle explains with a smile, “This is a win-win, for me, my patients, and Madison Health – Mechanicsburg. I will be able to spend all of my time providing direct patient care, while the daily operations are managed by Madison Health.”
She continues, “I look forward to being part of a larger team, and having access to an expanded group of peer providers and the potential for leadership opportunities.”
Also of noteworthy value, Elle and her patients will have access to a more robust electronic medical record (Epic/IHIS) and will be able to view some of their records through a secure online portal called “MyChart.”
Madison Health’s CEO, Dana Engle, has visited Gentle Care a few times since doors opened in 2008, always offering to listen and discuss how Madison Health could help meet the needs of Elle’s patients and join efforts for the common goal of improving health care in Champaign, Madison and Clark counties.
“At Madison Health, we are committed to supporting our local communities,” said Engle. “Elle is an established and well-respected practitioner, whose heart is also committed to the communities for which she passionately cares. We are more than excited for her to join our team and look forward to the positive impact she will continue to have on the lives of her patients.”
The anticipated date for name and facade changes to the facility is the end of March, along with some equipment and technology upgrades and an additional employee. For now, the phone number for scheduling appointments will remain the same: 937-834-5320. Appointments will be offered from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Elle says, “I feel so blessed to take this next step. God has opened every door in front of me along this journey, in His own time. Empowering my patients with the knowledge and confidence to improve their health, along with diagnosing and treating their pathologies, is truly my professional heart’s desire. I’m grateful to have this opportunity to practice clinically in a setting that supports my growth and development as a women’s health nurse practitioner.”
Mechanicsburg, OH – Mechanicsburg Public Library now has a new service available on the SEO Libraries app. The Curbside Click & Collect service is a safe and convenient way for patrons to pick up “on-hold” items. Patrons can wait in their vehicle while a member of the staff brings the items out to them – no phone call necessary!
To begin the process, download the SEO Libraries app for iOS and Android. Search for an item you would like to borrow and click “Place Hold.” Once the item has been retrieved or delivered, the item will be labeled as “BEING_HELD” under your list of current holds in My Account. You will see a button for Click & Collect above your holds. Tapping that button will begin the process. Next, enter your information to help the staff identify you when it’s time to bring out your items. The optional fields are vehicle make, model, and color, plus an option to receive a paper receipt. Select > I’m On My Way when you are headed to pick up your items. Allow for either GPS tracking or select an ETA option. Tap > I’m Here! when you have arrived. Receive status updates as the staff prepares and brings out your items. When you have received your items, hit > Done to complete the transaction. For more information, call the library at 937-834-2004 or watch this video.