Council OKs nearly $8M in 2017 spending

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council on Tuesday approved nearly $8 million in general fund spending for 2017. Council voted 6-1 to approve the permanent expense appropriations for next year, which carries a total of $7,740,017 in general fund spending...

City to pay for damage caused by stray bullets

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The city will pay nearly $6,000 in damages to a woman whose home was hit by a stray bullet from Fostoria Police Department’s shooting range in September. On Sept. 23, Diane Martinez discovered a small hole in the side of her North...

Councilman to propose sweeping changes to charter

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Councilman Mathew Davoli will propose sweeping changes to the city charter early next year, including a call to merge the positions of mayor and safety service director. Davoli announced the trio of suggested charter amendments during Tuesday...

Recovery plan signals tax hikes

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council came to an agreement Tuesday on a financial recovery plan that will send two tax levies to voters in the upcoming election. A 6-mill property tax increase and a quarter percent income tax hike will likely be on the ballot...

Citizens voice concerns on tax increases, reciprocity cut

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Nearly two dozen people packed into the Municipal Building for Thursday night’s special Fostoria City Council meeting, though only six people actually stood up to speak. A familiar face at council meetings for the last year or so,...

Council reaches compromise on plan

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Fostoria City Council appeared to reach a compromise on a financial recovery plan Thursday night, one that would increase both income and property taxes. Council was presented with three separate drafts of the city’s five-year fiscal...

City nears road to recovery

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER Mayor Eric Keckler knew resurrecting the city from financial hell wouldn’t be easy. But as the options for stopping the bleed grew fewer and fewer, it became clear the choice was either drastically increase revenue or potentially...

Fostoria ready to ring in the holiday

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER The city hopes to bring the community together this weekend to ring in the holiday spirit with Fostoria’s annual Christmas celebration. The 2016 Holiday Open House, “Christmas in Fosterville,” will take place throughout the...

Fostoria Learning Center to break ground Monday

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER After more than six years of preparation, construction on the Fostoria Learning Center is officially underway. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the FLC Board of Trustees will host state and local elected officials, business leaders and...

Agencies mobilize anti-opiate efforts

By BRIAN BOHNERT SENIOR STAFF WRITER More than 100 people turned out for an emergency meeting on the heroin epidemic Tuesday night in Tiffin following a string of overdoses in Seneca County last week. The Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Opiate Task Force issued...