City agrees to YMCA pool operation

Tiffin City Council approved an ordinance authorizing Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz to sign an agreement with the YMCA to operate and manage the city’s pool for the 2013 summer season, Monday night.

According to the ordinance, Tiffin Community YMCA will assume all operating costs including employee expense and will receive all operating revenue.

Certain expenses of the pool will be covered by the city using money donated by the public for the pool.

According to the ordinance, the city will reimburse the YMCA for any operating deficit using only money donated to the city for the pool. Any profit the pool generates will be paid to the city, which will be designated to a pool operating fund for future use.

The city will need to raise $20,000 for the pool to operate, and is still accepting donations.

Montz also gave council an update on the discussions about improving SR 53.

He said improving the highway would increase safety on the road and it would be a “job creation tool.”

“If we want jobs in this area and better paying jobs, this is absolutely one tool that we can leverage and get a four-lane highway or at least a super two, and take the dangers out of 53 and make improvements, it will spawn jobs in the area,” Montz said.

He said North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments has formed a coalition with Seneca, Wyandot and Sandusky counties, along with the mayors of Tiffin, Fremont and Upper Sandusky to lobby for the project.

Montz said Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller received a phone call from Gov. John Kasich, and Kasich said it is viable and the type of project the turnpike money was intended to cover.

Montz said officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation are to visit Tiffin in May to further discuss the project.

“The wheels are in motion with this,” he said, “It’s very exciting; lives will be saved if this project moves forward.”

In other business, Mike Homan of the Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division spoke to council about a health fair May 19.

The fair will have activities and events, including the kick off of the “Seneca County Hands over Hearts” CPR challenge, Homan said.

The goal of the challenge is to get 10 percent of Seneca County trained in basic knowledge of CPR within the next five years, he said.

Council President Paul Elchert said the challenge is a great idea, and he thinks the goal is reachable.

“At least one person in their household ought to be able to know how to give CPR,” Elchert said. “If it only takes five minutes to learn, I think it’s a no-brainer. You’re going to help save somebody, possibly in your family.”

Council also heard the first of three readings of an ordinance authorizing the city administrator to prepare plans and specifications, advertise for and receive bids and recommend and execute a contract for the demolition of the structures at 25 E. Market St.

Councilman Rich Cline said council should hold off on the demolition of the buildings on the property, and explore its options regarding tearing down the former Salvation Army building along with the former hotel and warehouse.

He said tearing down all three buildings at once could save money.

Councilman Joe Hartzell said the city should work toward tearing the buildings down as soon as possible.

Elchert said council could amend the ordinance to include tearing down all three buildings if the city has enough money.

In other business, the city heard the first of three readings for an ordinance to restore City Administrator Deb Reamer’s pay rates to levels prior to 2011.

According to the ordinance, council decreased the pay for Reamer’s position in 2011, and since then, the city administrator’s office has been reorganized and her “duties and responsibilities have significantly increased.”

The ordinance cites duties involving the Internet cafe regulations and allowance of special events with alcohol at Hedges-Boyer Park as examples of Reamer’s increased workload.

In other business, council approved an ordinance amending the pay schedule A to ordinance no. 13-10 by deleting Building Custodian I and changing the name of Building Custodian II to City Building Maintenance Custodian, by a vote of 6-0.

Council also heard the first of three readings of an ordinance amending budget ordinance 12-73 appropriating money for scrapped signs and reimbursement for a CPR class.