Findlay Council Votes 6-5 To Vacate Undeveloped Roads

8/8/18 – 5:05 A.M.

Findlay City Council voted to vacate two planned streets that the city never developed during their Tuesday meeting. The issue wasn’t without contention though. Council President Ron Monday had to break a 5-5 split between council members. The area in question is north of East Sandusky Street at Hawthorne Road and borders the back of a five-acre property owned by Matthias Leguire.

Leguire argued against vacating the roads, saying he used the undeveloped land to access the back of his property. Chris Neely argued that children played in the right of way, and no one should drive there.

Council members John Harrington, Dennis Hellmann, Dina Ostrander, Grant Russel, and Tom Shindledecker all voted in favor of the street vacation.

Councilman Tim Watson said he voted against the legislation, saying it “weaponized” the city’s zoning code to settle a neighborhood dispute. Councilwoman Holly Frische questioned how vacating the streets benefited the city.

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