Several Fostoria council members endorse levy

FOSTORIA — Several Fostoria City Council members Tuesday publicly endorsed a property tax levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.

The 6-mill property tax levy, which is to fund safety services, would tack on an additional $210 annually to property tax bills for owners of a $100,000 home.

Councilman Brian Shaver said he wanted to publicly endorse the levy and ask for the support of residents.

“A belief in Fostoria is a ‘yes’ vote,” he said. “It’s a vote for the police and fire departments.”

Council members Greg Cassidy, Paula Dillon, Thomas Lake and Greg Flores also endorsed the levy.

“It’s very important for this city,” Flores said.

Mayor Eric Keckler said information packages, signs and information about door-to-door walking paths are available to council members.

Financial update

In other news, Auditor Steve Garner gave an update financial report through September.

He said income tax collections increased about $93,000, or 2.3 percent, year-to-date compared to the same time period last year.

According to the report, the city’s General Fund is at $-635,209, up from $-696,389 at the beginning of the year.

Keckler said he is working through reports and is working with State Auditor’s Office officials to prepare a revised fiscal recovery plan for 2018. He said he’d try and have a proposal in front of council by the end of the year.

Under review

In other business, council voted to table legislation that would give Amplex Electric access to the tops of water towers in the city.

Safety Service Director Deb Hellman said earlier this month the city could remove 17 analog phone lines and gain backup communication services for emergency personnel from the company in exchange for the access.

Hellman said the deal could bring cost savings to the city and could give residents another option for internet service.

Law Director Timothy Hoover said city administration hoped to take a step back and continue negotiations with Amplex.

“It’s my understanding there are some details we need to work out on the contract,” he said. “Let’s take a step back… (we’re) not rushing into things.”

Hoover said the ordinance would give city officials the OK to sign a deal with the company. He clarified that the deal would not be a lease of city equipment, but it would be giving permission to use space.

“Assuming we can work out the best deal, it should be good for us and good for them,” he said.

Et cetera

Also during the meeting, Keckler said the city’s trick-or-treat night is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 28 and the Halloween Parade is set for 5 p.m. Oct. 29.

Council also approved legislation approving a $40,000 loan from the Revolving Loan Fund for PCDR Custom Coating, 535 W. Tiffin St.

Fostoria Economic Development Corp. President Renee Smith said last month the company specializes in high-power powder coating. She said the company is to employ about 10-12 people over the next three to four years.

Smith said the company has lined up clients from large companies.

“I’m feeling very confident about this,” she said.