City Council hears project updates

Tiffin City Council heard from representatives on two projects Monday evening.

City Eingineer Matt Watson updated council on the Storm Water Management program. The program includes six parts — public education and outreach, public participation illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site runoff control, post-construction storm water management, pollution prevention and good housekeeping.

Watson indicated legislation will be provided to council for consideration in September or October with the plan and ordinances in place tentatively for January 1, 2020.

Representatives from Columbia Gas also spoke to council on the upcoming new gas line installation. The project will include installation of plastic piping — which will hold a longer life span, have a higher pressure system, an excess flow valve for security, tracer wires and marker balls. The project will include 6750-feet of pipe and will effect 101 customers.

The new line project is set to start Sept. 2 and be completed in early fall.

During Mayor Aaron Montz’s reports, he discussed a poll developed by Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership on the new city signs to be chosen located on their social media and website.

In other news, council approved the following ordinances and resolutions:

• Resolution to authorize the mayor to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or local transportation improvement program.

• Ordinance to vacate a portion of the original Sarah Street and to authorize the mayor to sign a deed transferring the portion to Heidelberg University and to accept the dedication of the newly platted Sarah Street.

• Ordinance to amend the 2019 budget to appropriate for a grant to the Parks and Recreation Fund to approve a transfer from General Fund in the amount of $2,000.

• Ordinance to approve the city’s participation in the Ohio Department of Transportation bridge inspection program.

• Ordinance to amend the 2019 budget to appropriate funds for computer supplies for the software conversion in the Finance Department.

• Ordinance to amend the 2019 budget to appropriate funds for physical exams and drug testing for personnel matters.