Tiffin City Council considering TIF for two parcels of land

Tiffin City Council is considering tax increment financing for two parcels of land on Tiffin’s west end.

During a meeting Monday, Law Director Brent Howard said the ordinance allows for a 100-percent, 30-year exemption of taxes on improvement to the properties in the last year. The two parcels are home to Reineke Family Dealerships and Panda Express.

If the ordinance is approved, the taxes on the improved valuation would be diverted to service payments to the city to reimburse it for its costs of improvements in the area.

“There is in this a 10-percent payment under a compensation agreement to Tiffin City Schools,” Howard said.

The agreement with Tiffin City Schools is under consideration, and the earliest Tiffin City Council would approve the measure is Nov. 18, he said.

Council members heard the first reading of the ordinance Monday.

In other business, Seneca County Commissioner Tony Paradiso visited his first council meeting since becoming a commissioner.

He recognized fellow Commissioner Mike Kerschner for his work on Christmas decorations downtown.

“Mike took this project on before I got here,” he said.

Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart and Development Manager Audrey Flood of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership have helped with the project, which has secured private donations.

Paradiso said there would be lights downtown at Seneca County Justice Center. The theme allows for possible expansion by the city, and the county can do more around county buildings and the justice center, he said.

“We as commissioners thank (Kerschner),” he said.

In other business, acting Mayor Rich Focht said the Ohio Main Street conference is occurring through Wednesday in Newark.

The city is expected to win multiple awards again this year, and more than 15 people from the community are going, he said.

Upcoming events in Tiffin include downtown trick-or-treat, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday; citywide trick-or-treat, 6-8 p.m. Sunday; a dedication ceremony at the veterans memorial park at Frost Parkway and Washington Street in memory of Jim Roberts, who died while serving as a councilman, 1 p.m. Nov. 10; and dedication of Riverview Park, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 14.

Also, leaf collection is under way and is to continue for several weeks.

Columbian High School’s athletic boosters and athletic department are sponsoring a military and first-responders appreciation night at Frost-Kalnow Stadium on Friday. All active and veteran service members and first-responders are to be offered free admission and are to get a free hot dog, popcorn and beverage.

The council also:

* Appointed Daniel Perry as the council designee to attend public records training sessions.

* Amended a budget ordinance to appropriate $15,000 for a new grant for Safe Routes to School.

* Approved an ordinance amending a budget ordinance to transfer funds from the railroad safety escrow fund to the capital improvements fund.

* Approved an ordinance authorizing the city administrator to enter into a contract with Public Entities Pool of Ohio for insurance coverage for the city of Tiffin.

* Approved an ordinance amending a budget ordinance to reduce expenses in the Safe Routes to School grant to balance the budget.

* Heard second reading of an ordinance dealing with storm water management regulations.

* Heard second reading of an ordinance dealing with authorization of a fee for a certificate for non-conforming use and amending a fee schedule for permits, applications, licenses and approvals from city offices.