Findlay, county seeking a share of salt settlement

By MAX FILBY and DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Findlay and Hancock County have joined other local governments in Ohio which have filed claims for a chunk of the state’s $11.5 million settlement with two road salt companies accused of falsely inflating prices. The state accused...

Tax overpayments by businesses helped city during pinch

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay’s businesses helped keep the city government from falling further into the financial hole created by the Great Recession. At the recession’s height in 2008, 1,646 Findlay individuals and businesses overpaid estimated tax payments....

3 Findlay officials get pay raises

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Findlay City Council approved pay raises for the mayor, auditor and law director on Tuesday. The raises will go into effect in January, as new terms begin. Elected officials cannot receive pay hikes in the middle of terms. Law Director Don Rasmussen,...

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...
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