FOSTORIA - Mayor Eric Keckler told the attendees at Tuesday night's city council meeting the city is working with Fostoria schools to implement safety measures in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies to help prevent another tragic incident such as the Newtown, Conn., shootings.
Fostoria Fire Chief Keith Loreno informed council the family of Donald Earl Stultz gave $1,200 toward the Coats for Kids program as a memorial contribution. Stultz was a retired firefigher who died Dec. 7.
The police department also instituted a Christmas program titled Christmas with a Cop, providing presents to the families of 12 Fostoria school children.
Keckler added that the local Fostoria Cash Mob adopted 10 families for whom it would provide presents.
The city council passed three ordinances regarding demolition of the Footlighters building at the corner of Poplar and South Streets, formerly used in part as a church and for theater productions. The ordinances included purchasing the property, appropriating $59,000 for demolition as well as bidding out the demolition process.
Other legislation approved by council included:
Advertising for bids for SEN-Iron Triangle Visitor Center.
Enacting Chapter 743 of the codified ordinances regarding sweepstake terminal cafes and repealed ordinance 2012-51.
Amending the traffic control map, turning east and west alley from North Main and Perry Streets into one way.
Seeking avenues of funding and applying to enable purchase of ambulance.
Transferring to Park and Recreation fund from the General Fund.
Amending the traffic control map to allow handicapped parking space at 248 E. Crocker St.
Supplemental appropriation of $34,000 from Drug Enforcement Fund for equipment purchase.
Permanent appropriations for city expenditures for 2012.
Temporary appropriations for city expenditures for 2013.
Three-year appointments were approved for the Fostoria airport committee including Gregg Ridge, Noble Hollis and Larry Strawman, and Diane Reinhart and Beverly Dennison to the Tree and Beautification committee for three- and two-year terms respectively, all commencing Jan. 1.
The next meeting of city council is to be 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2 at the municipal building.