City of Tiffin

City of Tiffin seeks community input for grant funds

cdbgThe City of Tiffin intends to apply to the Ohio Development Services Agency for funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Program, a federally funded program administered by the state. The City of Tiffin is eligible for approximately $150,000 for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 CDBG funding, provided the City of Tiffin meets applicable funding requirements.

The first of two (or more) public hearings will be held on April 24, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the SIEDC office, 19 W. Market St., Suite C, in Tiffin to provide citizens with pertinent information about the CDBG program requirements. The CDBG program can fund a broad range of activities including economic development projects, street, water supply, drainage and sanitary sewer improvements, park acquisition and improvements, demolition of unsafe structures, rehabilitation of housing, neighborhood facilities, and downtown revitalization. The activities must be designed to primarily benefit low and moderate income (LMI) persons or aid in the prevention or elimination of slum and blight.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the public meetings, or submit an idea application via mail, email or fax, to provide input on the city’s CDBG program.

Click here to download the application.

Click here for a list of eligible projects.

Click here for a community project “wish list” from previous CDBG input sessions.

 

Northern Ohio & Western Railway receives CSX award for Dramatic Growth in 2017

OmniTRAXThe Northern Ohio & Western Railway, the short line rail operated by OmniTRAX on behalf of the Sandusky County-Seneca County-City of Tiffin Port Authority, received the 2017 CSX Short Line Development Award for a more than 150% growth in shipping volume.

Press release from OmniTRAX:

DENVER – OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, received the 2017 CSX Short Line Development Award for the Northern Ohio & Western Railway, LLC (NOW) at the 2018 CSX Short Line Workshop in St Augustine, FL this week. The award, which recognizes the “Cooperative efforts that generated the highest switch carrier carload percentage growth,” was received by Doug Ernstes, Vice President of Business Development at OmniTRAX.

The CSX Short Line Development Award is one of several awards given annually by the Class I railroad to its short line partners. NOW earned the honor for a switching volume increase of more than 150% in 2017, which resulted from additional covered hoppers of lime shipped from Carmeuse Lime.

“The OmniTRAX team is very pleased to earn this award from CSX. In the railroad business, it’s not easy to double your business in 10 years let alone one, so we’re very proud of the hard work and collaboration of Tim Schumm, and the entire NOW Team that made it happen,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.

In addition to Ernstes, OmniTRAX was represented at the event by Peter Tousenard, Chief Commercial Officer; David Rohal, Senior Vice President of Customer & Class I Relations; Gord Anutooshkin, Senior Vice President of Operations; Wally Sieruga, Vice President of Operations; Steve Ward, Vice President of Engineering; Allan Thiem, Vice President of Class I Relations; Matt Despos, Vice President of Operations, and Jeff Burns, Commercial and Marketing Support Manager.

About the Northern Ohio & Western Railway, LLC
The NOW operates more than 25 miles of track southeast of Toledo, extending from Woodville to Tiffin, Ohio. The communities served by NOW are within the I-75 corridor and a growing industrial base and a plentiful supply of developable land. NOW serves customers like Ameriwood Industries, Carmeuse Lime, Kokosing, Laminate Technologies, MGQ Asphalt Terminal and National Machinery, and the primary commodities transported are limestone, lime and pressed board.

Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program: A step-by-step guide

The downtown Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program was launched in 2014 to spur downtown revitalization by providing financial assistance for outside, street-facing building repairs. Eligible projects can receive a reimbursement of up to $10,000 in matching funds. Below is a step-by-step guide to the program.

Application process

The building owner should meet with SIEDC’s Downtown Main Street Manager, Amy Reinhart, to discuss how the program works and obtain an application. The application needs to be submitted and approved before any work has begun.

The building owner must include the following upon submission of their application:

  • Façade Enhancement Application
  • Architectural Board of Review Application  (See ABR Guidelines)
  • W9 form for City to open purchase order.
  • A minimum of two quotes from contractors on the work to be performed (if project is over $3,000 total).
  • Pictures of existing conditions.
  • Pictures or catalog cuts for the items to be purchased (awnings, doors, windows, etc.). If window replacement is recommended, a catalog cut along with dimensioned drawings of the window to be installed are required.  This will include the size of the window, any muntin bars as well as the depth and height of the frame around the window and at any corners where the windows connect.
  • If painting, the historic paint colors must be used. Please provide color samples from the historic line.  This can come from any paint company that provides a historic line, but Sherwin Williams and Ace Hardware do provide a paint discount for any building owner who receives façade approval.
  • A detailed description of the project

Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. Due to the first come first serve nature of the funding, incomplete applications will not be accepted.  When the funds run out, the program ends for the calendar year.  When determining the City budget, Council will determine if funding will be renewed for the following year.

Once the application and all above mentioned items are compiled, they should be brought to the Main Street Manager.  She will review the applications for completeness and determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed prior to submission of the application to the City.  She will work with the Chair of the Architectural Board of Review and the City Engineer’s office to determine if any additional items need to be addressed.

Once the application is reviewed and deemed complete and without any issues, the Main Street Manager will submit the application and attachments to the City to be added to the Architectural Board of Review Agenda.

Architectural Board of Review meetings take place the first and third Tuesday of each month at 3:30 in City Hall.  The owner or a representative must be present at the meeting to answer any questions that may come from the application.  The number of applications reviewed at the meeting is determined by the Chair due to the intensity of the application reviews.  To be considered for the upcoming meeting, all information must be turned in one week prior to the meeting, so proper distribution of materials can take place for Board members.  Additionally, the meeting agenda must be listed in the newspaper as it is required for all public meetings.

Beginning the project

Once the Architectural Board of Review has approved the application, work may begin on the project.  The owner will receive the certificate of appropriateness in the mail following the approval.

If any part of the project changes at any time during the work, the owner must contact the Main Street Manager for a change form.  The changes must be approved by the Architectural Board of Review, as this is a change to a contract that the owner entered into when receiving approval from the City for the funds.

Completing the project

The owner has until December of the following calendar year to complete the work.  For example: if a project is approved in March of 2016, the owner will have until December of 2017 to complete the work.  If the owner is approved in December of 2016, the work must be completed by December of 2017.

Once the work is complete, the owner will submit paid receipts from the contractor to the Main Street Manager.  The manager will complete the final inspection forms and submit those to the City Finance Director and City Engineer’s office along with the paid receipts.  The City Engineer will complete the inspection and sign off.  He will then send it to the City Finance Director who will complete the check and send it to the owner.  The check will be made out to the name on the W9 form only.

For examples of projects that have received grant funding, click here.

For the complete Facade Enhancement Program, click here.

For all questions and guidance through the process contact:

Amy Reinhart
Downtown Main Street Manager, SIEDC
419.619.5517
reinhart@senecacounty.org
M-Th, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

60+ businesses in local HR association

SCHRASeneca County Human Resource Association (SCHRA) was formed to provide professional development workshops, hear knowledgeable speakers, receive legislative updates, and networking opportunities to those professionals working in a variety of human resource capacities.

Past speakers include:

Monthly meetings are held throughout the year, generally in the Tiffin area, on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. You can fill out the 2015 SCHRA membership form here.  For more information contact Beth Hannam at bhannam@terra.edu.

Participating businesses include: