Study to focus on city-university cooperation

Mayor Aaron Montz told Tiffin City Council members Monday that Heidelberg University masters students are to conduct a study to improve relations between the city and the universities.

Montz said that in his State of the City address last year, he spoke about how he wanted Tiffin to become more of a college town.

He said students in the Masters in Business Administration program are to conduct a lengthy study on what the city and the universities can do together to turn Tiffin into a college-friendly town.

He said he hoped the study would give the city and the universities more information on how to create a “symbiotic relationship.”

“The students seem very energized,” he said. “We’ve got some very good students who are working on it.”

Montz thanked the fire department staff for their work at the fire at Webster Manufacturing and reported that the facility had no loss of employment.

He said the Environmental Protection Agency granted an extension on the city’s long-term control plan. URS, the company developing the plan, now has until Dec. 31, 2014, to complete the plan.

Montz also thanked Tiffin Charitable Foundation members for a $5,000 donation to be used at Highland Park for a new outfield fence at Bo Reid Baseball Field.

Several pieces of legislation were directed to the Law and Community Planning committee, including additions to the maintenance code wording and an increase to commercial hauler permit fees.

Montz’s request to raise the ambulance billing rates to reflect the 1 percent rate increase for EMS services in 2014 was directed to the Finance committee.

Council is to have a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to approve the funding to continue broadcasting council meetings on Time Warner Cable through the end of the year.

Council moved into executive session to discuss upcoming union negotiations.

In other business, council approved 7-0:

An ordinance amending the Budget Ordinance 12-73 for insurance proceeds for police car damage and income tax refunds.

An ordinance authorizing the city administrator to prepare plans and specifications, ask for and receive bids and recommend and execute contracts for the purchase of a breathing air compressor for the Fire/Rescue Division, amending the budget for the expense, and declaring an emergency and suspension of the three-reading rule.