Council moves on Market Street property

On the day the city closed on the purchase of property at 25 E. Market St., Tiffin City Council approved an ordinance to allow the city administrator to prepare plans and advertise for bids to demolish two buildings on the property.

City Administrator Deb Reamer said she wants to get the process under way quickly for preparing plans and receiving bids to have the buildings torn down. She said it typically takes about 30 days.

“I’m going to work to get that done as soon as possible,” Reamer said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the city will use the remaining money in the Venture Capital Fund to demolish the buildings.

Also during the meeting, council approved an ordinance to restore Reamer’s pay to levels prior to 2011, by a vote of 5-1.

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

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

“She’s done a great job and this is no different than what we’ve done for many other positions already,” Montz said. “She’s now doing the job of what used to be three full-time positions into one.”

Reamer’s salary is to be increased by about $4,000 a year, he said.

Councilwoman Lori Ritzler, who was the dissenting vote, said she voted against the raise for “financial issues.”

“I just think there are things that the city needs to take care of,” she said.

In other business, the city unveiled a list of streets that are to be paved this summer. The estimated cost for the seven projects is $276,224, which is about $30,000-40,000 more than the city spent on paving last year, Montz said.

Streets to be paved this year include West Market Street from Nelson Street to Elmer Street and South Sandusky Street to Benner Street; Wentz Street from Perry Street to Market Street; Circular Street from South Washington Street to Coe Street and Hancock Street to Main Street; Riverside Drive from Industrial Avenue to Huss Street and Hunter Street to the viaduct; Sycamore Street southbound lane from Monroe Street to Circular Street; Coe Street westbound lane from Hedges-Boyer Park entrance to Schonhardt Street; and Jefferson Street from Main Street to Madison Street.

Council heard the first of three readings of an ordinance to advertise and receive bids for the paving.

Also during the meeting, Montz said the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court consolidation bill passed unanimously out of committee, and it is expected to be voted on in the Ohio House and then the Senate.

Consolidating the two courts will save the state $75,000-$100,000, and the state is doing an analysis on how much it is expected to save Tiffin and Fostoria.

In other business, Councilman Jim Roberts said the United Veterans Council has collected enough money to build a World War II memorial, which will be located near the Korean War Memorial.

Also during the meeting, Nadine Thompson of WSOS gave a presentation about fair housing discrimination.

“Discrimination in housing perpetuates segregation, which in turn results in diminished educational and economical opportunities for many of our fellow Americans,” Thompson said.

She said Tiffin is a “very good area” when dealing with housing discrimination and she said there are one to four fair-housing complaints a year.

In new business, council approved following by a 6-0 vote:

An amended and restated resolution confirming the pick-up of Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division employee contributions to the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, and declaring an emergency.

An amended and restated resolution confirming the pick-up of Tiffin Police Department employee contributions to the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, and declaring an emergency.

An ordinance amending budget ordinance 12-73 appropriating money for scrapped signs and reimbursement for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class.

An ordinance amending the budget ordinance 12-73 to appropriate funds for unemployment compensation claims.