Council accelerates resource officer deal

Tiffin City Council heard the first reading of an agreement with Tiffin City Schools Monday evening to hire a school resource officer for the upcoming school year.

The issue was introduced by Councilman Tyler Shuff and was approved by the Tiffin City Board of Education July 24 during its regular meeting.

The council has two special meeting scheduled, one Thursday and next Monday — both at 5 p.m. — to speed up the three-reading rule in order to have the agreement approved in time for the start of classes.

The agreement states the city of Tiffin and Tiffin City Schools are authorized to assign a police officer to work as a school resource officer in the district.

Upon approval, the school district would pay for the SRO — compensation and benefits — in 2018. The agreement is for five years.

On another matter, the council accepted the award of a 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $227,273 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the purchase of a new ambualance.

Mayor Aaron Montz said this helps to begin the process, as it can take a year to have the vehicle built to the specifications needed by the community department.

Councilman Steve Lepard motioned the council to schedule a public hearing for the ordinance responding to a petition to vacate an alley that is located running from East Market Street — along the East Green Amphitheatre and Tiffin-Seneca Public Library parking lot. The hearing is to take place during the Aug. 20 council meeting.

On another matter, the council approved a resolution to appoint Kathleen Kaufman as irector of finance, effective today.

The council also approved the ordinance to amend the expansion of membership of the city’s investment advisory committee.

Also, the council also approved to add the position of assistant to the director of finance. Councilman Rich Focht introduced the motion as the position will be funded from the Sewer Enterprise Fund.

Focht said they now have the money to add the position.

During the meeting, Montz read a proclamation declaring Monday as Mark “Bunky” Roehrig day.

Councilman Ben Gillig brought forth the notion of honoring Roehrig.

“The community of Tiffin has benefited by having someone as wonderful as Bunky,” Gillig said. “He is one of the best people I know.”

In other news, the council:

• Heard the second reading of the resolution authorizing the mayor to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement programs.

• Heard the second reading of an ordinance to accept the dedication of the street named Progress Parkway located in the third ward of the city of Tiffin.

• The council also accepted the 2018 budget to appropriate funds for the Progress Parkway expenditures approving the transfer back to the general fund and to create a fund, Transportation Improvement Grant.