Court consolidation bill introduced

COLUMBUS – A bill to consolidate the municipal courts in Tiffin and Fostoria was introduced in the Legislature Wednesday by State Rep. Rex Damschroder.

“House Bill 141 is the result of requests that came from the city councils and administration officials in Tiffin and Fostoria,” Damschroder, R- Fremont, said in a release. “The bill is a fine example of leaders in our community working together to advance efficiencies for our municipal court system in Seneca County.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said consolidating the courts is a great example of how governments can work together to be more efficient and save both cities money.

“I think it’s very exciting for Tiffin and Fostoria,” Montz said. “I think it’s a decision that should’ve been made a long time ago.”

Tiffin Municipal Judge Mark Repp spoke positively of the bill.

“I think it’s in the best interest of both communities to combine services,” Repp said.

HB 141 states the current municipal courts in Tiffin and Fostoria would become the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, beginning Jan. 1, 2014. An election for the newly created court would occur in November 2013 should HB 141 be passed into law. Court locations in both municipalities are to remain in operation.