Cline says goodbye to council

Monday night’s Tiffin City Council meeting was the last for a familiar face.

Council President Rich Cline announced Aug. 28 he planned to resign from council and withdraw from a re-election bid because he and his wife, Jaclyn, purchased a property outside city limits, making Cline ineligible to continue serving.

He served for six years as Fourth Ward councilman and three years and 10 months of a four-year term as council president.

Councilman Mark Hayes said council accepted Cline’s resignation “with regret.”

Cline’s official letter, which was read to council, states he is proud of the work accomplished during his nearly 10 years in office.

“I just want to say what an honor it has been to serve with you all,” he said. “It’s been a tremendous 10 years, I appreciate each one of you.”

He said his decision to move outside city limits was made easier because of his faith in the abilities of the administration and council.

“Mayor, I think you’re doing a fantastic job, the city is in good hands,” he said. “I know things will continue to progress and to improve. … (Tiffin) can be the city I know it can be.”

Law Director Brent Howard said each member of council has different gifts and characteristics.

“Thinking about Rich, I’ve always admired (that you) have really good vision about what can be for the community,” he said. 

Howard said Cline has a combination of vision and creativity while remaining reasonable.

“To me, it proves how effective you can be,” he said.

Council gave Cline a round of applause before the meeting adjourned.

“You’ll always be with us,” Councilman Steve Lepard said.

Cline also thanked Finance Director Gwynn Reinhart, who is to retire Nov. 3 and is to be replaced with a new face.

Jennifer Miller, who has been assistant treasurer for Findlay City Schools since 2005, was named Reinhart’s replacement earlier this month. Miller attended the meeting Monday and council approved a resolution making her appointment official.

Hayes said Miller will be an assistant to Reinhart and will train with her until Nov. 3, when she will become acting Finance Director. She is to become full-time director Jan. 1.

In other news, Montz announced the city’s sidewalk program still is to occur.

Earlier in the year, he said the city received no bids for sidewalk repaving on Liberty Street.

City Administrator Dale Thornton said the city was able to obtain a bid under $50,000 from Helms and Sons, the company that is completing the city’s street paving project.

In other business, council approved:

* A $40,000 appropriation from the General Fund for repairs on several Tiffin Fire Rescue Division vehicles. The majority of the repairs will be completed on Fire Engine No. 2. Councilman Joe Hartzell said the appropriation was necessary because of its importance to the department and to the safety of residents.

* A resolution of support for Monument LLC’s application for participation in the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program. Montz said the resolution is no cost to the city, but could help strengthen the application. If the application is accepted, it could lead to renovations on three properties in the Frost Parkway area.

* Allocation of a $6,500 grant from Tiffin Community Foundation for the Robert Bo Reid Athletic Memorial Fund.

* Allocation of $2,062.48 for repairs at the city Bark Park. Hartzell said a lightning strike damaged the park’s gate access control system Sept. 4. The city is fronting the money and will be reimbursed through private donations and an insurance claim.

* Allocation of $4,300 for repairs to a light pole at Hedges-Boyer Park that was damaged by a vehicle. The amount is to be covered by an insurance claim.