E.C.I. sole bidder for Clinton building

President Laura Withrow, of E.C.I. Inc., was the only bidder during a public auction for the former Clinton Elementary School building Saturday; purchasing the building at $200,000.

E.C.I. Inc., which stands for Encouraging and Celebrating Independence, is based in Tiffin and serves developmentally disabled individuals.

The Tiffin City Board of Education began the process to rezone the building to be sold at public auction in November and passed a resolution to do so in February.

“E.C.I. is a good fit for Clinton Township,” Scott Daniel, director of operations for Tiffin City Schools, said.

Withrow said they plan to use the building as is for office space, due to growing out of their building at 382 S. Huron St.

The board still is to have to accept the bid during Tuesday’s meeting, but Daniel said the board set the minimum bid at $200,000 and it looks good to be accepted.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tiffin Middle School cafetorium.

Items sold included weight equipment, kitchen equipment, shelving, cabinetry, chairs, desks, musical instruments and playground equipment.

The total amount of the items sold was $48,439 which will go into the district’s permanent improvement funds, along with the money from the property.

The building at 2036 E. TR 122 that was build in 1938 was important to people in the community.

Barb Roberts attended school at Clinton and her family owns the farm adjacent to the property.

“I am happy that the building will be put to good use,” Roberts said. “(I believe) E.C.I. will be good neighbors to mom and dad.”

Becky Hartman also attended school there.

“(I’m) just glad that the building won’t be torn down,” she said.

“The building is a landmark that brings good feelings to the Clinton Township community and means a great deal to those that attended the school,” Tiffin School Board Member Roland Zimmerman had said.