No new business, but Fostoria panel busy

FOSTORIA – Mayor Eric Keckler presented a key to the city to former assistant prosecutor Carol Reffner at a city council meeting Tuesday. Reffner was given the key on a plaque for her 34 years of service, 1978-2012. She acted as clerk of council at Tuesday’s meeting.

In old business, council approved a resolution to authorize Keckler to take all necessary steps to apply for and enter into any agreements relating to participation in the Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund.

Council also gave a second reading to an ordinance that would authorize Safety-Service Director Allyson Murray to advertise for bids to purchase chemicals for water treatment.

While there was no new business, there were a couple officer updates. Murray announced the block watch was to kick off Wednesday, and is to continue the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. City Engineer Dan Thornton announced the Rail Park project is near completion. The grading work is completed and the electrical work is in the final stages. He also said the Summit Street sidewalk project now is under way.

With Halloween around the corner, Keckler presented all of the city’s upcoming Halloween activities:

Trick or treating at the plaza, 12-3 p.m. Oct. 26. Children and their families will be able to go from store to store like last year.

Fostoria Halloween parade, 5 p.m. Oct. 27. There will be a costume and float contest. It costs $20 to enter the float contest, and there still is time to enter.

City of Fostoria trick or treat, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Tri-County Vet Clinic also is to host the fourth annual Open House and Pet Costume Contest 4-7 p.m.