Fostoria sets meeting to fill council seat

FOSTORIA – Residents will have to wait to learn who the newest member of city council will be.

A special meeting of Fostoria City Council has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at which time council is to vote to appoint a replacement to fill out the term of recently deceased at-large councilman Jerry Nelson. That term runs through 2015. The selectee is to accept the oath of office at that meeting.

Nine citizens who had submitted resumes to Mayor Eric Keckler gave brief presentations at Tuesday evening’s council meeting, including Nelson’s spouse, Joan. She commented that she wanted to continue his legacy.

Other candidates include Greg Flores, who cited experience in retail management and banking; Ronald Hanson, a long-time property owner and resident of Fostoria; Debra Hinton, who wants to give a fresh perspective to council; Donald Myers, former councilman who lost to Nelson for the seat in 2011, presented by his wife, Claudia, as he was unable to attend; John Schuld, former city auditor; Brian Shaver, director of Parish and Schools at St. Wendelin School; Michael Spencer, who petitioned for an at-large seat previously; and Daniel Steinacker, owner of Steinacker Hardware.

Council approved committee appointments, including Carol Hall, Teresa Lee and Linda and Richard Perrine to the Tree and Beautification committee. Council also appointed Kevin Magers and Michael Snyder to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Council approved ordinances, including:

An ordinance authorizing the mayor and safety service director to negotiate agreements with Jackson and Perry townships and the Bascom Joint Ambulance District regarding emergency medical


An ordinance authorizing the mayor and safety service director to execute merchant services application with ZirMed regarding credit card payments.

First readings were made of ordinances,


Adopting revisions to Section 5.2 of City of Fostoria’s Personnel Policy and Manual.

Authorizing the mayor and safety service director to negotiate mutual aid contract for fire service with Hancock County.

Amending traffic control map and creating handicapped parking space at 151 E. Fourth St.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at city hall.