McCLURE - The Village of McClure has seen some major successes this year, including being removed from fiscal emergency and its levy passing in November - but local crime has given the village a black eye.

McCLURE - The Village of McClure has seen some major successes this year, including being removed from fiscal emergency and its levy passing in November - but local crime has given the village a black eye.

The village was recently removed from fiscal emergency following a completion of six corrective items. On Sept. 10, 2009, then Auditor of State Mary Taylor declared fiscal emergency in the village after a fiscal analysis was made by the Auditor of State’s Local Government Services section following a request by Mayor Dean Dawson.

The village also passed a new 1.5 mills levy for the repair of streets and roads. The five-year levy will generate $10,000 per year. Currently, the village is teaming with Ridgeville Township, Bartlow Township, Pleasant Township and the Village of Deshler to jointly apply for Ohio Public Work Commission funds for improvement and repairs of various roads, including Main Street in McClure.

In late February, two teens were charged with arson after a fire ripped through the village post office. Residents had to drive to the Grand Rapids location, a 13 mile round-trip, to pick up their mail.

Village council also heard from a resident in August regarding thefts. The resident reported items such as a 4-wheeler were stolen.

Earlier this month, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people in connection with a drug investigation on Main Street. Also during December, councilman Travis Schultz reported he drove past a resident’s shed near Henry Street that was on fire.

Schultz suggested organizing a neighborhood watch for the village following instances of criminal activity.

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