Fire access worries resident

FOSTORIA – A concern over the lack of access by fire and police personnel to residents within the Iron Triangle train region of Fostoria in times of emergency was raised by a local resident at a Fostoria City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

Roberta Kimble addressed council, saying when trains stop and block the railroad tracks for long periods it compromises the safety of the residents within the Iron Triangle.

A plan to provide an overpass has not received funding from Ohio Department of Transportation, according to city engineer Dan Thornton.

A representative of TCI Renewables addressed council about utilizing wind power in the Fostoria area. Development Rory Cantwell told council the company has been working the past few years to purchase property in Seneca and Hancock counties, and locate good areas for wind turbines which could possibly provide $1.2 million to be divided among local government and school entities. Discussions will be ongoing with TCI Renewables, according to Mayor Eric Keckler.

In his report, Keckler announced the two-hour Ken Drew Fishing Derby is to take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Reservoir 2, with registration at 8 a.m.

Keckler also announced residents of Fostoria can drop off material 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Sunny Farms Landfill with proof of residency and identification.

Two ordinances were passed, appropriating more than $1.1 million for a brownfield fund. A grant in 2012 provided the funds. Another ordinance provides a handicapped parking place at 237 E. Crocker St., with handicapped bus parking prohibited.

Ordinances receiving first readings included:

Raising mandatory contributions to the Ohio fire pension fund to 10.75 percent to match the state-required level.

Raising mandatory contributions to the Ohio police pension fund to 10.75 percent to match the state-required level.

Replacing sections of codified ordinances regarding vehicle parking, storage, zoning inspector job description and building maintenance.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. May 21 in council chambers at city hall.