Fostoria discusses grant funds

FOSTORIA – During its regular meeting Tuesday evening, Fostoria City Council discussed an unused grant the city received from the state of Ohio years ago.

According to Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler, the city received the grant money six years ago to financially bolster Fostoria’s economy and create jobs. The money, however, never was used. When Councilman Greg Flores questioned the mayor, Keckler could offer no explanation as to why.

“I think we should put the money to work,” said Steve Garner, director of finance. Garner added the money was intended to be used as an incubator for job creation among Fostoria’s small businesses.

“Forty to 50 jobs is nothing to sneeze at,” Keckler said, saying the grant could potentially fund that many employees.

He said he worries if the money is not used soon, the state will be less likely to award the city funds in the future.

“I think it’s a good marketing tool, to say we have over a million dollars waiting to be used,” said Councilman Brian Shaver.

In other news, council:

Announced the St. Wendelin festival is this weekend.

Approved ordinances to add handicapped parking spaces along three Fostoria streets.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. June 17.