Staschiak calls for operating forecast

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak is continuing to call for a three-to-five-year operating forecast for the city. Staschiak promoted the forecast during a mid-year budget review by City Council on Wednesday. “That’s the next thing we need,”...

Findlay officials seeking to align city, state laws

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council members are trying to fix the problem that caused months of debate over retired Fire Chief Tom Lonyo’s sick time payout. Lonyo retired from the Fire Department at age 46 in January and joined Marathon Petroleum Corp. in a...

If pot proposal passes, Findlay can’t ban stores

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay and Hancock County officials are discussing a way to block medicinal marijuana dispensaries from coming into the city. But the proposal would be illegal, Findlay’s law director says. Ohio citizens may vote in November on whether to legalize...

Time to lower Findlay business signs?

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay business owners may have to replace their pylon signs, those that sit atop a pole. City officials and the planning commission are considering requiring businesses to use “low profile” monument signs, while phasing out existing signs...

Three mayors opposing sale of WBGU-TV

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik wants WBGU-TV to stay on the air. Mihalik joined Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards and Lima Mayor David Berger in a letter to Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey, asking the university to not sell the...

Council settles with ex-chief

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council on Tuesday finalized the sick time payout for retired Fire Chief Tom Lonyo, capping months of debate. The city will pay Lonyo $32,375 after council approved an ordinance for the payout by an 8-2 vote. First Ward Councilwoman Holly...

Council looking at restrictions on farm animals

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council may consider banning farm animals from the city, although officials hear few complaints. An ad hoc committee of City Council members will be appointed later this month to consider laws that could increase restrictions on owning farm...

Sick time payout OK’d for former fire chief

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Former Fire Chief Tom Lonyo’s sick time payout may be settled. Findlay City Council’s Appropriations Committee unanimously agreed Tuesday to recommend that Lonyo receive $32,375, half of the $64,749 he accrued in sick time prior to his...

Auditor, council member trade jabs

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak and At-Large Councilwoman Anne Spence sparred over city revenue projections during a hearing before Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Spence asked Staschiak to explain how he develops revenue projections, and said his...

County groups opposing proposal to legalize pot

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER If recreational marijuana is legalized in Ohio, the state could become home to more dispensaries than Starbucks Coffee stores. Leaders in Hancock County are working to defeat an issue, likely to appear on Ohio’s fall ballot, that would allow up to...