Fostoria council members take seats

FOSTORIA – Due to inclement weather, Fostoria City Council was forced to move its meeting to Thursday. Despite the setback, council still was able to continue business as usual.

Several appointments/reappointments were made, including Jonathan Hay as representative for the 3rd Ward. Hay is to replace Teresa Lee, who retired at the end of 2013. Paula Dillon and Thomas Lake also were reappointed as members, Dillon as representative for the 1st Ward and Lake as representative of the 4th Ward.

Lake was also appointed as president pro tempore. David Clark was reinstated as council clerk and Dillon, Georgiana Widmer and David Bettenhausen were named to the Finance Committee.

Law Director Tim Hoover urged council to appoint a new representative for the 2nd Ward as soon as possible. That seat was left vacant by Paul Feasel’s resignation at the end of 2013.

“We need to begin accepting applications for the position, and if possible, find a replacement by the next meeting, Jan. 21,” Hoover said.

In other news, council:

Adopted an ordinance to keep the Rail Park open 24/7 in an attempt to ward of vandalism.

Heard the first reading of an ordinance to amend a traffic control map, which may allow Fostoria to add a handicapped parking spot at 323 South Wood St.

Heard the first reading of an ordinance to amend Section 2 of Ordinance 2011-65 relating to medical, optical, dental and prescription benefits for elected officers of Fostoria.