Fostoria council accepts $14,000 in grant funding

FOSTORIA – At a city council meeting Tuesday, Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler announced the city received a grant for the removal of ash trees. Council members moved to suspend the three-reading rule to accept $14, 260 in funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Western Lake Erie Basin Ash Removal grant program. The grant can be reapplied for each year for the next five years, and is aimed at removing ash trees on public right-of-ways and public land.

Council members also moved to suspend the three-reading rule and accepted a resolution authorizing, directing and empowering the director of Public Service and Safety to file an application with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, relating to the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant, and declaring an emergency to exist.

Council gave a first reading to an ordinance that would authorize the Public Service and Safety director to advertise for bids to purchase chemicals for water treatment, in accordance with specifications on file.

In old business, a second reading was given to a resolution to authorize Keckler to take all necessary steps to participate in the Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund.

City Engineer Dan Thornton gave a report on the Stearns Road project that has been in process for the past couple of years. Thornton said the plans are about 95 percent complete and expects to be able to acquire the right of way and a few other properties by the end of the year. The plans must then be submitted to the district office in Bowling Green, and the city must have its plans completed by March 2014 in order for bidding to begin in July 2014.

As for announcements, Keckler presented an invitation to the grand opening of a new Goodwill Store at 546 Plaza Drive Oct. 18.