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Mayor Mihalik: city reaching goals early

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay is doing better than its leaders expected it would be by 2016. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik told the Findlay Rotary Club on Monday that she was happy to see her administration has already accomplished most of the goals that it wanted to reach by...

Senate candidate makes Findlay stop

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Democratic U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld says voters don’t have an appetite for “more of the same” and that’s what they’ll get if they nominate his competition, former Gov. Ted Strickland, in the Democratic primary...

Fire-damaged buildings handed over to owners

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Downtown Findlay buildings that were severely damaged by a Friday night fire were to be boarded up Monday night. Firefighters were still standing watch late Monday afternoon and saw a “wisp of smoke” that firefighters were working to...

Some question sick time payout

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay Council members balked Tuesday at an ordinance created to pay sick time compensation to retired Findlay Fire Chief Tom Lonyo. Last year, council agreed to pay Lonyo half of the $64,749 he accrued in unused sick time prior to his retirement. On...

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...