Council agrees to move on recycling
Tiffin City Council voted 5-2 to reintroduce an ordinance allowing for a single hauler trash pickup and curbside recycling program Monday after discussing options.
Mayor Aaron Montz said an online survey was provided to residents about hauling and curbside recycling and yielded about 600 responses. He said about 81 percent of participants said they would support a single hauler serving the entire city if hauling and curbside recycling was provided at a lower cost.
He also repeated he would only support a single hauler if the cost for residents was lower.
While Councilman Joe Hartzell said the survey represented only people with access to social media, Councilman Jim Roberts said residents have had ample opportunity to express opinions on the issue.
Councilman Steve Lepard suggested considering the ordinance council previously turned down and adding the cost for annual bulk pickup.
Hartzell suggested adding more specifications to the ordinance, allowing for a pay-per-use program with a single hauler. Residents would have the option of using a toter or a bag, he said.
All haulers would have the opportunity to bid on the contract, he said.
City Administrator Deb Reamer said council needs to consider a program that would complement a current city ordinance. She said there have been compliance issues with an ordinance stating trash collection containers may be placed at the curb no more than 18 hours before pickup and must be removed from the curb no later than 18 hours after pickup.
The city also has an unenforced ordinance requiring all citizens to recycle.
The proposed ordinance would allow Montz to enter into a contract with the hauler that offers the lowest and best bid that includes a pay-per-use program. The ordinance also would include the options of recycling using a bag or a toter and the possibility of annual bulk pickup.
Montz said if the ordinance is approved, he would present the contract specifications to council before it went to bid.
Montz said “Lego Movie” is to be shown for free at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the courthouse lawn. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, the 2014 FIFA World Cup United States vs. Portugal game is to be shown on the courthouse lawn, he said.
In other business, council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing Reamer to complete all work necessary for complete or partial demolition of the former Stalsworth Hotel, at 25 E. Market St., and the former Salvation Army building, at 45 S. Monroe St.
In another matter, resident Ken Davison spoke about the Main Street Ohio Program and Tiffin’s involvement.
He said Tiffin is an affiliate of the Heritage Ohio downtown revitalization program but is not a full member. After attending a training meeting in Marietta last week, Davison said he is confident the city can become a full member.
He also encouraged Tiffin residents to become more historically aware and learn more about its namesake, Edward Tiffin.
“I think our sense of history in this community has gotten lost in recent years,” he said. “I hope this body will help to restore (a sense of history).”
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is to have a public hearing at 6 p.m. June 30 in council chambers to allow for community input on the Aqua Ohio Inc. rate increase case.
An ordinance amending the zoning map to change the zoning classification of a parcel of land on St. Francis Avenue from single-family residential to multifamily residential was tabled after the first reading. A meeting between council and the Seneca Regional Planning Commission is to be held immediately following roll call July 7 regarding the zoning request.
In other business, on a vote of 7-0, council approved an ordinance to pay for two more police officers and suspending the three-reading rule.
This is not to increase the total number of police officers the city could have, but would add two officers to their currently understaffed department, Montz said.
Council also approved with a vote of 6-0 an ordinance amendment to appropriate additional funds for legal services involving the Aqua Ohio rate case. Lepard abstained due to his employment with the company.
In other business, council unanimously approved:
An ordinance authorizing a fund transfer from the Sewer Revenue Fund to the Sewer Separation Fund, declaring an emergency and suspending the three-reading rule.
An ordinance amendment appropriating funds for roof restoration and masonry work at municipal buildings and suspending the three-reading rule.
An ordinance authorizing Montz to apply to and receive from the Ohio Department of Development for fiscal year 2014 a Community Development Block Grant of $232,000 in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program for qualifying projects and allowable administrative expenses, and authorizing bidding and executing of contracts as needed, declaring an emergency and suspending the three-reading rule.
An ordinance authorizing Montz to apply to and receive from the ODOD for fiscal year 2014 a CDBG of $224,000 in the Critical Infrastructure Program for qualifying projects and allowable administrative expenses, and authorizing bidding and executing of contracts as needed, declaring an emergency and suspending the three-reading rule.