A referendum petition drive meant to reverse Findlay Councils decision to vacate the right of way for two undeveloped streets on the citys eastside met its first deadline today, stopping the vacation from becoming law by just one hour.

Matthias Leguire, of 830 E. Sandusky St., submitted 216 referendum pages at about 4 p.m. today to the Findlay City Auditors Office, bearing the 1,455 signatures. A total of 878 valid signatures are needed to force the issue to a vote, according to Ohio law. In order to be valid, Ohio law requires referendum petitions to be signed by 10 percent of the number of electors who voted for governor, within city limits in the most recent general election.

Council voted Aug. 7 to vacate the right of way for Carrol Street and Benton Street, which were never developed. The right of way for the streets connects to Hawthorne Road, north of East Sandusky Street.

Leguire has said he uses the right of way of the streets to access the rear of his five-acre property. He says the right of way also provides an escape route from his property during floods, and gives him development options.

Under Ohio law, a referendum petition must be filed within 30 days of mayors signing of the legislation, which would be today.

It will be up to the Hancock County Board of Elections to validated the signatures, and put the issue to a citywide vote in November 2019.

Petitions will be available for inspect at the city auditors office for the next 10 days.

EDITORS NOTE: Matthias Leguire does contract photography work for The Courier.