2/25/14 – 4:56 A.M.
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik highlighted many ongoing efforts in the city during her state of the city address Monday night. Mihalik talked about a wide range of subjects, including city finances, downtown development, and areas where city services can be stronger.
On the subject of city finances, Mihalik said that the new health insurance plan is resulting in big savings for the city. Along with other measures taken, Findlay is now operating with a $1.6 million general fund surplus. Mihalik also said strategic planning is showing where the city’s operational strengths are, along with areas where things can improve.
Speaking of improvements, the mayor talked about using the budget surplus to fund a couple of different safety service initiatives. The Police Department will bring back its special assignment unit, which will focus on specific crimes in different neighborhoods. The Fire Department will return Ladder Number 1 to full service.
Mihalik also talked about the numerous changes happening downtown, saying Marathon Petroleum’s $80 million plans to expand its complex and the construction of a new performing arts center are positioning the area for success.
The mayor also addressed flood mitigation, saying with the region seeking around $1.5 million from the federal government to pay for the final phase of the flood study; some of those costs should be shouldered by the Army Corps of Engineers. She added she was optimistic about what will happen in the next couple of weeks in regard to study funding.
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