Schools, city services to stage safety week

Dawn Iannantuono spoke to Tiffin City Council about Tiffin City Schools and Safety Week at a meeting Monday.

Due to budget cuts, TCS is unable to plan its usual safety events this year. But TCS and the Tiffin Police Department have organized TCS Safety Week Sept. 9, 10, 12 and 13.

With the Tiffin Police and Fire Departments, they are to put K-3 students through evacuation training, including bus safety training evacuation drills with firefighters and Safety City.

Iannantuono thanked Tiffin Area Safety Council, the K-5 PTO, volunteers for the event and Officer Jared Watson and Mary Watson, who helped obtain a grant allowing TCS to purchase materials for the training.

She also said that during the Heritage Festival, the Harlem Ambassadors are to speak at Calvert Elementary Building and Tiffin Middle School.

They also are to be grand marshalls for the Heritage Festival Parade.

The ambassadors are to play a basketball game against the Tiffin Twisters, a team created for the event, at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Columbian High School. Tickets are $5 and proceeds go toward Kiwanis Club of Tiffin and Tornado Athletic Boosters.

Scott Ballinger from AQUA spoke about the switch to monthly billing for the city of Tiffin in November. Customers are to be notified about the monthly billing change.

Ballinger also spoke about other projects AQUA has completed, including $600,000 updating the Water Treatment Plant to the Ohio EPA’s new codes. The company also is to start painting the Ella Street wash water tank next week to increase its longevity. It has contacted residents in the area to alert them of the work.

He made a donation of $400 on behalf of AQUA to the fire department and Safety City.

“What they’re doing is very important,” Ballinger said. “We’re very proud of it, and we’re sure you are, too.”

Councilman Jim Roberts also asked about the work being done to the Stalsworth Hotel. Mayor Aaron Montz said the city is moving forward but is awaiting action by the Architectural Board of Review.

Montz also has spoken with an engineering firm that said it could complete environmental reviews for the hotel, the carriage house and the Salvation Army building for $5,000.

He also thanked Council President Paul Elchert and Janet DelTurco for their work on downtown landscaping.

Montz announced Pizzapalooza is 4-7 p.m. Saturday on the Courthouse lawn.

City offices are to be closed Labor Day.