Council picks plans for possible grant funds

After several weeks of discussion and debate, Tiffin City Council has chosen which Community Development Block Grants programs it will apply for during a special city council meeting Monday.

Council chose the reconstruction of Schonhardt Street from Madison Street to Main Street for the Critical Infrastructure Program Grant and chose the complete rebuild of Plum, Carl, St. Clair and Orange streets for the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant.

The Critical Infrastructure and Neighborhood Revitalization grants are competitive set asides from CDBG worth up to $300,000, and are not guaranteed to the city.

The city will receive $75,000 from CDBG’s Formula program, which can be put towards the two set-aside projects if approved. Council has approved using the Formula money towards tearing down the former Salvation Army building, if the city does not receive the competitive grants.

In other business, the council heard the second of three readings of an ordinance to authorizing the sale of about seven acres of land in Eagle Rock Business Park to American Fine Sinter for $15,000 an acre.

Law Director Brent Howard said the city has a lease for farming purposes on the property and has 30 days to terminate the lease.

Howard said the city is to pay the tenant for losses of funds put into the property, in addition to a proration of the rent for the property.

He said selling the land was planned for when the lease was written.

Also during the meeting, City Administrator Deb Reamer said the city has received a notice from the Ohio Department of Commerce to either repair or decommission the elevator in the former Salvation Army building.

Reamer said it would cost $1,265 to repair the elevator and to decommission the elevator would cost the city $2,800.

She said the city has to act quickly or it will be fined by the state.

The city is expected to demolish the building once it has the funds to do so, but because it would be cheaper to repair the elevator in the vacant building, members of the council, including Councilman Mark Hayes and President of Council Paul Elchert, said the city should repair the elevator.