Fostoria council hears of city’s safety

FOSTORIA – Councilman at Large Brian Shaver gave a PowerPoint presentation titled, “Crime Comparisons for the City of Fostoria” during a meeting last week.

Shaver compared the cities of Findlay, Fostoria, Tiffin and Bowling Green with each other, the state of Ohio and the national average. Data sources include U.S. Census data, FBI uniform crime reports, Council for Community and Economic Resources, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Weather Society.

Shaver reviewed statistics regarding property crime, which includes theft, burglary and vehicle theft. The highest assault rate occurs in Fostoria compared to the other cities listed. Total crime index nationally shows Fostoria as one of the safest cities in the country. In conclusion, Shaver said citizens of Fostoria should be proud of the safety within the city, the quality and effectiveness of the police force, and comparitive statistics for Findlay, Bowling Green, Tiffin and of Ohio and the nation.

Council member Paul Feasel reported on a finance committee meeting.

Mayor Erik Keckler said Seneca County has been declared a state of emergency due to the damage caused by the recent storm. Fostoria is to receive financial help.

The Public Works Department was commended on clean-up efforts. Streets were open within four hours after the storm.

Keckler said a grant is available through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry to help with the emerald ash borer issue. The grant application must be turned in by Aug. 1.

Safety-Service Director Allison Murray said the city received a grant for the DARE program. Funding through the Ohio Attorney General totals $40,399.32.

Law Director Tim Hoover asked that council go into executive session to discuss compensation for hiring city employees.

In other business, council:

Suspended the three-reading rule for an ordinance and approved an ordinance allowing Michael Whitta, owner of two parcels of real eastate, to divide into a third parcel of his property.

Approved an ordinance which adopts an EAB plan and allows the city to apply for a state grant to remove ash trees on public right-of-way and on public land.