Montz: Think pink Thursday

Mayor Aaron Montz read a proclamation declaring Thursday “Cares Enough to Wear Pink Day” in Tiffin at the City Council meeting Monday.

That is the day the Pink Heals Tour will be in Tiffin. The tour is a national tour in support of breast cancer awareness.

Rob Chappell of the Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division said that this was the tour’s only stop in Ohio. The tour is to arrive in Tiffin at 10 a.m. that day and will be in town until 3:30 p.m. They also are to participate in a brief memorial service at the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial.

The tour is bringing two pink engines, a pink ladder truck and a pink RV with merchandise for sale. All profits will be split between Seneca County Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment and the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Pink Fire Department shirts will be available during the event for $10.

A charity dinner and auction is planned for 6:30 p.m. at Camden Falls Reception Center.

Mike Homan of the Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division spoke on behalf of the Seneca County Hands Over Heart CPR Challenge. More than 500 people have participated in the challenge and their goal is to educate 10 percent of the county.

He also recognized Scott Gregg, Ross Newlove and Derek Lewis for their actions in saving Howard Hohman’s life. July 2, Hohman had a heart attack at Clinton Golf Course and Gregg, Newlove and Lewis administered CPR and kept Hohman alive until paramedics arrived.

“I’ve always had a respect for what our first responders do,” said Lewis. “Being involved in athletics, I’ve been trained several times, but you’re never really ready for the real deal. My respect for what you guys do is tenfold.”

Montz also said the city might qualify for small city funding. Only about 50 cities in Ohio are able to apply for the funding, and he said design engineer firms are looking into several projects that could be funded up to 80 percent of the project expenses.

Montz also thanked Finance Director Gwynn Reinhart for her and her department’s work and commended them for receiving the Auditor of State’s Award.

“Less than 10 percent of all government entities that are audited in the state of Ohio receive the Auditor of State’s Award,” he said.

Reinhart reported that the city received the second half real estate tax. She also said that at the end of August, past due sewer bills are to be added to real estate taxes.

Montz proposed establishing the Jobs Creation Income Tax Credit Program. The program would provide an income tax rebate to businesses that pay significantly higher than minimum wage.

The program would bring more industry and jobs to Tiffin and encourage local businesses to expand, Montz said.

“I think it’s really going to bring some higher-paying jobs potentially into the community,” he said.

It was referred to Law and Community Planning committee.

In other business, Law Director Brent Howard said the right of way in front of AG Credit’s property at 2500 W. Market St. was widened in the 1950s due to the Federal Highway Administration’s bypass project.

The ordinance to allow AG Credit to build a sign in the right-of-way would stipulate that if the city needs to use the land to widen the intersection at US 224 and SR 18, AG Credit must move the sign at its expense. It also must comply with the city’s sign code.

Council is to hold a special meeting for a reading of the ordinance because AG Credit requested the board move quickly on the ordinance so it is able to start construction of the sign before it opens in October.

Howard also said the American Fine Sinter governing board has approved the purchase of land and are waiting for city council to close the purchase.

Council is to have a special meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 26 to read the ordinance authorizing and directing the mayor to grant an easement for AG Credit ACA for a sign in front of 2500 W. Market St. and to read the ordinance responding to the alley vacation petition between Lots 39 and 40 in Mrs. Walker’s addition off of Greenfield Street.

The public hearing for both ordinances and the ordinance creating a revitalization district is Sept. 3.

The application, map and legal description for the revitalization District is on file at the Mayor’s office. Individuals wishing to see the documents may visit during office hours.

In other business, the council unanimously passed:

An ordinance amending Budget Ordinance 12-73 to appropriate donated funds for fireworks display-related expenses.

An ordinance amending Section 147.02(a) of Tiffin Codified Ordinances regarding the duties of the city engineer with a suspension of the three-reading rule.

An ordinance amending the Budget Ordinance 12-73 for telephone and firefighter entrance exam expenses with a suspension of the three-reading rule.