Fostoria board hears about summer event plans

FOSTORIA – After an invocation given by the Rev. Russell Nelson of the Assembly of God Church, Fostoria City Council opened its meeting Tuesday night with notice of the upcoming hearing with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control on renewing Kroger’s liquor license, which the council voted to approve.

Mayor Eric Keckler said the farmers market, dubbed “Red, White and Bloom,” is this weekend and encouraged attendance.

Also, the Independence Day celebration is July 5 in Fostoria. The YMCA is to help with events during the celebration, and the annual Fostoria’s Got Talent competition is set for that day. The program schedule is to be available soon.

Safety Service Director Allyson Murray said the pool is open 1-7 p.m. daily. The fee for an all-day pass is $2.

City Engineer Dan Thornton discussed the 2014 Street Program to work on 10 streets. Bids are to be opened Tuesday. After driving every street in Fostoria, Thornton chose the 10 that needed the most work, though there are 30 or more that need attention. The streets budget will not allow for any more to be fixed at this time, but a resident may suggest streets for consideration.

In another matter, resident Paul Allison commended Fostoria Police Department and safety officials for their swift and professional work in the recent arson and homicide situations in Fostoria. He also seconded Keckler in recommending the farmers market. Allison also said he supports an increased salary for city clerks, that had been discussed earlier, saying their job is difficult and they deserve higher wages.

Upcoming events:

Relay For Life, June 27 and 28.

The Finance Committee met at 7 p.m. before the regular meeting to discuss the public hearing for the 2015 city budget, set for July 15.

The Law and Ordinance committee met to discuss banked-owned properties and is to meet again at 6:45 p.m. July 1.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. July 1.