One-year extension to the Cooperative Development Agreement discussed

A public hearing took place Wednesday evening for the purpose to discuss a one-year extension to the Cooperative Development Agreement.

The 20-year agreement was first established in 1999 between Seneca County, city of Tiffin and the townships of Clinton, Eden and Hopewell.

Over the summer, the parties met to consider an extension to provide time for further discussion on negotiating another long-term agreement. During this the group’s discussed issues including annexation and sewer agreements.

Existing annexation agreements are in place between some of the entities, but they have not been modified for about 20 years. Annexation agreements include residential, commercial and industrial development.

For the agreements to be ratified, public hearings are needed to discuss potential changes to previous agreements.

The year extension is from October 2019 to October 2020. City council is set to consider the extension at the next meeting at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 16, at City Hall, 51 E. Market St. Approval would then be needed from each party.

The year extension of the agreement includes no changes at this time.

According to City of Tiffin Law Director Brent Howard, the groups are to work on getting together to negotiate further agreements after the first of the year.

Another public hearing is to then be scheduled after final negotiations.

No public comments were made at this time.