Fostoria may embark on $4.5M project

FOSTORIA – Fostoria City Council heard the city is considering replacing two settling tanks at the wastewater treatment plant. The project has an estimated cost of $4.5 million. The tanks are part of the treatment system which allows solids to settle out for further processing.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance would fund the project after a plan review and approval of a permit to install. The division finances wastewater and water treatment plant improvements along with other water quality projects through low-interest revolving loan programs. A meeting for public input is set for 7:15 p.m. April 16 in council chambers before the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m.

The city also is upgrading its emergency siren system funded through a grant of about $12,000. An additional siren is to be installed as soon as May near the Sandusky Street sewage lift station, for a total of six sirens.

Council passed emergency legislation which allows $15,000 to be used for half the salary for the grant writer for the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation. Renee Smith was hired last fall and has been writing grants for the city and FEDC.

Permanent appropriations also were approved and must be certified through the county by April 1.

One additional ordinance was passed to amend the traffic control map and eliminate a handicapped parking place on East Crocker Street.

A public auction is planned for May 10 for equipment and vehicles considered outdated or no longer needed, and council heard the first reading of an ordinance which would allow the safety service director to proceed with the auction.

The second reading of an ordinance to allow the city to enter into a contract agreement with ODOT for surfacing work from near Ohio 12 to South Union Street, a section of U.S. Highway 23, also was read.