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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