Review Category : Local News

Fostoria Council Members Angered By BGSU Report On City Finances

11/2/16 – 5:23 A.M.

Members of Fostoria City Council aren’t happy about a review of the city’s finances done by graduate students at Bowling Green State University. The Review-Times reports Councilman Mathew Davoli apologized for bringing the report to Fostoria’s Fiance Committee two weeks ago. Other council members said they were “blindsided” by a report that the class put together, supposedly at the request of the city. Councilman Greg Flores said nobody was aware anyone asked the class to conduct the study.

A controversial part of the BGSU study called for shutting down the fire department. It advocated for contracting with a private service or neighboring town for fire services.

Mayor Eric Keckler said the study was OK’d as a courtesy to the class. He added it was never intended for use as a legitimate source of information for dealing with the city’s financial crisis. Keckler said, “The last thing we wanted to have happen was to have all the commotion caused by this idea of completely dismantling the fire department.”

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Michigan Man Killed In Crash East Of Findlay

11/2/16 – 5:06 A.M.

A one-car crash near Riverbend Park killed a Michigan man Tuesday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on State Route 568, just west of Township Road 241 around 2:10 p.m. 55-year-old David Strothmann of Spring Lake was driving west on Route 568 when his SUV went off the road, through a field, and rolled over in a tree line.

The sheriff’s office continues to investigate the crash.

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Council Forms New Committee To Create Guidelines For Organizations Requesting Funds

11/01/16 – 11:16 P.M.

Findlay City Council tabled a decision on continued funding of the Arts Partnership. The organization received 10% of the hotel/motel bed tax which amounted to about $40,000. During the Tuesday meeting Councilman Grant Russell brought up that the Hancock Historical Museum had also requested a part of the bed tax. They were turned down and council decided it needed to have guidelines in place for any organization that requested the funds. A committee to define those guidelines was never formed.

Without guidelines Russell said it wouldn’t be fair to continue funding the Arts Partnership. The committee will be formed now to make the guidelines. There was talk about funding the Arts Partnership for one year while the guidelines are figured out. This done after the ordinance was tabled and will have to wait until the next meeting.

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Findlay City Council Officially Bans Medical Marijuana

11/01/16 – 10:29 P.M.

Findlay City Council passed a moratorium on cultivating, dispensing, and processing medicinal marijuana. During their meeting Tuesday night they returned to the ordinance to make it official. The moratorium had been discussed for several weeks and tabled before council voted to amend the moratorium at their previous meeting. The ban has been enacted now and has a two year time limit. Council was not unanimous in enacting the ban. Councilman Tim Watson was the only official that voted against the moratorium.

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Two People Injured In Crash This Morning

11/01/16 – 6:30 P.M.

Two people were hurt in a crash this morning at the intersection of Broad and Trenton Avenue. The Findlay Police report that 18-year-old Sarah Franks of Findlay was heading north on Broad around 7:30 this morning. She tried to turn left onto Trenton and struck 40-year-old Abdul Awal of Findlay who was heading south on Broad.

Hanco Ambulance took Awal to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries. A private car took Franks to the hospital.

Their condition is currently unknown. Franks has been charged with failure to yield.

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Salvation Army Of Findlay Offering Soup Fundraiser On Friday

11/01/16 – 6:20 P.M.

The Salvation Army of Findlay will hold its annual Soup for Two fundraiser on Friday. The event will be at the St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church at 120 West Sandusky Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They have food donated to them by local restaurants. There are four different soups to choose from, a salad, bread, and custard. The food can be ordered for dine-in or carry out.

Aside from food there will also be door prizes and raffle tickets. Prizes include date night baskets, pizza and family night baskets, and a hand crafted mug.

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American Red Cross Sending Holiday Spirit To Veterans And Current Service Members

11/01/16 – 6:03 P.M.

The American Red Cross is getting ready to share the holiday spirit with local veterans and service members. Executive Director of the Central Ohio Chapter Todd James says you can send out cards.

Donations

James says they are accepting donations until mid-November.

Last Chance

The Red Cross is asking for hygiene items and small ready to eat snacks as well as cards. He added that you don’t have to pre-package any items or put cards in envelopes. They will be accepting donations at both Findlay Walmart locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Findlay Leaf Pick Up Scheduled For November 21

11/1/16 – 11:26 A.M.

Plans are in place for leaf pick up services in Findlay this fall. A release from the city says leaf pick up is set for November 21, and starts at 7 a.m. If you want the city to pick up your leaves that day you’ll need to have them raked into biodegradable bags and placed by the curb by that time. Crews will not pick up leaves in plastic bags.

If you don’t want to wait until November 21 you can take your leaves to the city’s green waste site at 350 West High Street. There is no charge for dropping leaves off at the facility. The site does have new hours starting November 8. After that date, the site will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturdays.

You’re asked not to rake your leaves into the street.

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Most Respondents To Survey Say Findlay Police Doing A Good Job

11/1/16 – 10:57 A.M.

While not many people responded to the Findlay Police Department’s 2016 citizen survey, those who did said they feel safe in the city. Of the 95 people who took part in the recent survey, 31 percent strongly agreed Findlay is a safe place to live and work. Another 52 percent agreed the city is a safe place to live. Only one of the 95 surveys strongly disagreed with the statement.

On the topic of officer behavior, nearly 39 percent strongly agreed officers they came into contact with acted professionally. Seven percent of those who responded strongly disagreed with that assessment.

In a statement, crime prevention officer Brian White said, “the results of the 2016 Citizen Survey shows that the men and women of the Findlay Police Department continue to provide a high quality of service to Findlay residents.” White added that on an A-F grading scale, the department earned a B in most categories. He says while that is a high mark, it shows there is room for improvement.

MORE: Full Survey Results

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