Change in city law allowed large pay hike

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A change in Findlay’s 2016 pay ordinance allowed the administration to grant a 22 percent raise to Findlay’s safety-service director without City Council’s authorization. Previous pay ordinances required the administration to consult...

‘Checkbook’ spurs quarrel

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak and 5th Ward Councilman John Harrington had a heated exchange during Tuesday’s City Council meeting about putting the city’s financial figures on the state’s “open checkbook” website....

Highway name to honor Oxley

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER State legislation has been introduced to name the portion of U.S. 30 in Hancock County as the Congressman Michael G. Oxley Memorial Highway. Oxley, 71, a former 12-term Republican congressman from Findlay, died Jan. 1 from cancer. During his time in the...

Findlay lists improvement plans for 2016

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay officials are planning to spend about the same on resurfacing roads in 2016 as they did last year. Officials briefed City Council members on the $2.4 million paving plan during an informal committee-of-the-whole meeting Tuesday night. About...

Findlay safety-service director gets hefty pay hike

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Safety-Service Director Paul Schmelzer is getting a nearly 22 percent pay raise, his first in four years. Schmelzer, who made $120,478 per year during his first four years in office, will get close to a $26,000 pay hike this year, bringing his...

Findlay will collect taxes for 2 villages

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The Findlay Income Tax Department will begin collecting income taxes for Vanlue and Mount Cory this year. Findlay City Council approved ordinances Tuesday to allow the city to collect taxes for each village. The villages decided to pay Findlay to collect...

Playing Santa Claus suits him

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Jim Iler, also known as Santa Claus in Findlay, is used to receiving requests for Legos and Barbies, but this year someone asked for a much different present. When Nick Carpenter and his girlfriend visited Santa on Nov. 27, Carpenter told Santa, “I...

Council considers procedural change

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council meetings may get shorter in the new year. An ad hoc committee of At-Large Councilman Grant Russel and 3rd Ward Councilman Ron Monday are recommending that letters to council only have their subject line read aloud during council...

Recovery center seeking funds for outdoor work

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Century Health is seeking donations to finish portions of the Tree Line Recovery Center in Findlay. Century Health needs $60,000 in donations to help create an outdoor space and pay for landscaping, paving and parking lot fixes, said Gary Bright, who is...

Mayor sees more growth

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay has a shot at being named the nation’s top “micropolitan” city again this year, Mayor Lydia Mihalik told Findlay Kiwanis members Wednesday. The city has seen more than $180 million invested in it this year, Mihalik said. She...
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