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Findlay's Mayor gives State of the City address

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2013 started out as a year of uncertainty for the city of Findlay.

"It was not what we had thought going into the beginning of 2013," Mayor Lydia Mihalik said.  "Knowing we could see a $6 million decrease in revenue, we knew we had some really tough decisions to make."

But Monday Mayor Mihalik touted the progress of the last year and the bright future of 2014.

Not only will there be improvements in infrastructure, but the city is nearing the final leg of the marathon to flood mitigation.

"We're getting through the process," the mayor said.  "We're 75% done.  We're at a point now where we need to announce the tentative plan, the corp will do that hopefully within the next 30 to 60 days."

In a city prone to flooding, that's welcome news.

Every time the Blanchard spills its banks, it's a loss to homeowners and the local economy.

2014 will also be the year of capital improvement projects, about $7.7 million worth.

From replacing older equipment, to cleaning up the mess Mother Nature left on area roadways.

"Obviously roads are going to be a big topic and certainly something folks want to see us get done," Mihalik said.

It's unclear which roads will get attention first, but if all goes as planned this year, Findlay is on track to end in the black.

Another big priority for Findlay is economic development and job creation.

Mayor Mihalik says the city added more than 500 new jobs last year.

 

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