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WITH VIDEO: Council candidates divided about water shut-off policy

  By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Five at-large City Council candidates disagreed Wednesday on whether city officials should be able to shut off water to a property that repeatedly violates Findlay’s junk ordinances. But the candidates agreed on several other topics during a...

Auditor: City paying off debt in timely fashion

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay will pay off large portions of its approximate $36 million debt over the next 17 years. Auditor Jim Staschiak gave a review of the city’s debt to City Council’s Appropriations Committee on Tuesday and indicated the city’s debt...

Four vying for at-large seats

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Republican voters in Findlay will decide a four-way party race for three at-large seats on City Council during the May 5 primary. Grant Russel and Tom Shindledecker are seeking re-election to their at-large seats. They will compete in the primary with...

WITH VIDEOS: City auditor candidates spar at forum

City auditor candidates Jim Staschiak and Anne Spence participated in a debate hosted by WFIN, The Courier, WFLC and UFTV on Wednesday evening. By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay city auditor candidates sparred Wednesday over the relationship between the auditor’s office and...

Pay raise panel: plans advance

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council may move forward with plans to let citizens decide how much elected officials should be paid. On Tuesday night, council discussed the idea that came from an ad hoc committee consisting of 4th Ward Councilman Tom Klein, At-Large...

City expands water shut-off policy

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay officials can now turn off water service to make property owners clean up junk in their yards. A rule change allows the city to shut off water to properties that are in violation of city ordinances requiring owners to dispose of trash, junk and...

Spence challenging Staschiak

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Two Republicans are vying for the Findlay auditor’s post. Voters will choose between incumbent Jim Staschiak and At-Large Councilwoman Anne Spence in the May 5 primary election. Absentee voting begins this week. A third Republican candidate,...

Smith withdraws from auditor race

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Kelton Smith, a Findlay attorney, withdrew from the city auditor’s race Friday. In a statement to The Courier, Smith said he feared his candidacy would “siphon votes” away from At-Large Councilwoman Anne Spence, who is running against...

EPA regulations reviewed

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER By April 21, Findlay City Council could be presented with new water drainage and pollution regulations that the Environmental Protection Agency will require the city to enforce. During an informal committee of the whole meeting Tuesday, council members...

Citizens may decide city officials’ salaries

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER The future salaries of Findlay’s elected officials may be determined by the citizens they serve. An ad hoc committee of City Council members met Tuesday and discussed creating a “citizen commission” to decide whether elected officials...