Tiffin Ohio

Tiffin ranked in top 50 places to raise a family in Ohio

WalletHub.pngThe quality of life in Tiffin has earned the city another statewide ranking. In a list created by WalletHub, a financial advice platform, Tiffin came in at number 49 on a list of the 185 best places to raise a family in Ohio.

From WalletHub:

To identify the most family-friendly places in Ohio, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the state’s cities across 21 key indicators of ideal family conditions. Our data set ranges from the share of families with young children to median family income to housing affordability.

Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Renwood RealtyTrac LLC, SchoolDigger.com, County Health Rankings, Areavibes, Yelp, TripAdvisor and WalletHub research.

Read the full post here.

Tiffin earns Class 3 ISO fire ranking

fire logoAdding to the City of Tiffin’s excellence in safety services, the Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division has attained a new Public Protection Classification rating with the Insurance Services Office, ranking it among the top in the state and nation. Not only is this a mark of top-notch fire department, it can also translate to savings on on property taxes for Tiffin residents and businesses.

From the Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division:

The Tiffin Fire/ Rescue Division (TFRD) would like to announce the improvement of our Public Protection Classification rating. The TFRD recently went through a review with the Insurance Services Office (ISO) in order to review and update the fire division’s applicable classification rating. The TFRD is proud to announce we have been awarded an ISO Class rating of 3. The TFRD was previously an ISO Class 4.

The classification system is designed to provide an objective countrywide standard that helps fire departments budget and plan for equipment, training and facilities.  The Public Protection Classification system includes 10 classifications, an ISO Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire suppression program does not meet the ISO’s minimum criteria.

A community PPC rating is dependent upon:

  • Needed Fire Flows (the amount of water necessary for fire suppression)
  • Emergency Communications (dispatching)
  • Fire Department (equipment, staffing, training, geographic distribution of fire companies, operational considerations and community risk reduction)
  • Water Supply (inspection and flow-testing of hydrants, alternative water supply operations and careful evaluation of the amount of available water compared with the amount needed to suppress fires up to 3,500 gallons per minute)

With the award of the new classification it places the TFRD among the top 10% of the nation’s 44,672 fire departments and top 12% of the 2473 fire departments serving the State of Ohio.

The report is comprised of 3 sections:

1) Emergency communications account for 10% of the classification

2) Water supply system – 40% of the classification

3) Fire department – 50% of the total classification

The ISO’s Public Protection Classification program plays a central role in the insurance industry across the nation. Underwriters’ use PPC data for marketing, underwriting and as an aide to establish fair premiums to both personal as well as and commercial property insurance.

Kevin S. Veletean

Fire Chief

ABR approves two Façade Enhancement Grants

Two projects produce $45,500 investment

MVIMG_20180205_163146.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – February 6, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved two Façade Enhancement Grants, totaling $15,128 and representing an overall investment of $45,557.

Old Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 125 E. Market Street was awarded $10,000, the maximum grant amount, to install new storm windows to protect the church’s stained-glass windows, which are also being restored.

Reverend Aaron Gerlach said the grant was an easy way to defray some of the expense of the restoration and maintenance of the windows. “As a non-profit, it is wonderful to receive some assistance in such a large and costly project,” he said.

The building at 25-27 S. Washington Street also received funds for a window project. A grant of $5,128 was approved to replaced second and third floor windows. The building also received a Façade Enhancement Grant in 2017 for a roofing project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz noted the new and returning applicants. “The Façade Enhancement Grant remains a strong tool in revitalizing downtown Tiffin, as evidenced today by a building receiving its first grant while others are on their second or third project using the program,” he said.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com

Reineke acquires local RV business

Reineke RVReineke Family Dealerships is expanding their newly minted Reineke RV business in Tiffin with the acquisition of Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care.

Press release from Reineke Family Dealerships:

Get Your RV From Reineke…In Tiffin!

Reineke RV acquires Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin, Ohio

TIFFIN, OHIO – In just a few short weeks since the announcement of a partnership with Coleman Sales & Service in Toledo, Reineke RV has announced the acquisition of Fort Ball RV & Auto Sales and Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin, Ohio.  “We’re looking forward to serving customers in and around the Tiffin community with a number of products, services, and accessories from Reineke RV and Eclipse Auto Care.  With the addition of the Tiffin location, we’ll be able to better serve the market in Northwest Ohio,” said Dan Reineke.

Reineke RV of Tiffin and Eclipse Auto Care will be located at 1950 West Market Street.  Jamie Chalfin, General Manager, will oversee Reineke RV locations in Toledo and Tiffin, along with Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin.  Reineke RV offers both new and used folding trailers, expandable trailers, travel trailers, and fifth wheels from Starcraft and Flagstaff.  Genuine parts, installation, maintenance, and repair will be available at both Reineke RV locations in their full service facilities.  Eclipse Auto Care offers a variety of vehicle services and other accessories.

“Whether you need a fifth wheel hitch installed, a part ordered, or help picking out a new camper, Reineke RV is your full service solution,” said Jamie Chalfin, General Manager.

Reineke Family Dealerships, founded in 1960 by William F. Reineke, Sr., is a family owned organization that sold more than 7,000 cars in 2017 and employs approximately 450 full and part-time employees.  Known for strong customer loyalty and high sales and service ratings, Reineke Family Dealerships operates in Fostoria, Tiffin, Lima, Upper Sandusky, Findlay, North Baltimore, and sells Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Honda, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM vehicles, and most recently, Reineke RV in Toledo and Tiffin, along with Eclipse Auto Care in Tiffin.

A customer appreciation event/open house is planned and the date will be announced in the near future.  Visit www.ReinekeRV.com for more information.

New event space to open in downtown Tiffin

The Chandelier set to open in former Civic Center

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veTIFFIN, OHIO – February 2, 2018 – The Chandelier, a full-service wedding and event venue, is set to open in the former Civic Center building at 151 S. Washington St. in downtown Tiffin in late spring.

Investment partners Holly Hoffman and Tom Fretz are working to renovate the 7,500 square foot building, including upgrades to the kitchen, lighting, carpeting and dance floor. Once completed, the space could be used for weddings, corporate events and training, and community events.

“We will help plan the event right along with the client,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman and Fretz met through a mutual interest in the building, and bring complementing services to the table. Fretz is an experienced DJ and videographer and Hoffman previously managed the Neeley Center at Terra State Community College and will offer catering and event planning services.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited to see the vacant building back in use. “Downtown Tiffin has felt the lack of an event hall of this size since the Civic Center closed,” he said. “The Chandelier will be a great addition to what the downtown has to offer.”

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Feasel’s Frame & Collision, Inc. wins Nationwide Insurance Showmanship of Excellence Award

Feasel's Logo.jpgAnother local, family owned business in Seneca County has been recognized for excellence in their field! Feasel’s Frame & Collision has beat out 500 auto repair shops in the Midwest region to claim a Nationwide Insurance award.

Press release from Feasel’s:

Feasel’s Frame & Collision, Inc. is proud to announce that they were selected as the 2017 Midwest Regions “On Your Side Showmanship of Excellence” winner. Feasel’s Frame & Collision, Inc. topped over 500 On Your Side Auto Repair shops in the Midwest region.

As a member of the Nationwide On Your Side auto repair network, Feasel’s Frame & Collision, Inc. was selected because of superior survey results and examples of outstanding customer service. Community service and engagement also played a key role in their selection as well. “We are very excited and honored to accept this great award. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing staff and wonderful customers!” says General Manager Jeff Feasel. Nationwide Insurance puts a strong emphasis on
excellent customer service and quality, and the Showmanship of Excellence award recognizes that Feasel’s Frame & Collision, Inc. is on the front line of their claims and influences the customers overall claim experience.

The On Your Side Showmanship of Excellence award ceremony will be on January 23, 2018 at 10:30 at Feasel’s Frame & Collsion, Inc., 4400 W US Highway 224, Tiffin, OH.

At Feasel’s Frame & Collision, Inc. our mission is to provide quality workmanship, while building lifelong relationships throughout the community. We believe in conducting our business the same way we live our lives – with honesty, integrity, and fairness. Feasel’s is located at 4400 W US Highway 224 in Tiffin and can be contacted at (419) 448-4766.

You can contact Jeff Feasel at (419) 448-4766 or email at Feaselsframe@gmail.com.

First Façade Enhancement Grant of 2018 approved

ABR approves $10,000 grant for roofing project

MVIMG_20180116_143228.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – January 16, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved the first city Façade Enhancement Grant of 2018. A roofing project at 147 Madison St. was awarded a $10,000 grant for a $27,300 project, leaving $90,000 in the city’s Façade Enhancement Grant fund.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to see the program underway for the year. “The downtown Façade Enhancement program has been a hit among downtown business and building owners, resulting in 54 projects and $1.4 million in property investment since 2014,” he said. “I am excited to see the improvements made possible by the program in 2018.”

Building owner Ned Behm said the program has been helpful in completing long-term projects. “It is great that the same building can receive a Façade Enhancement Grant each year,” he said. “It has allowed me to strategically plan improvements to my downtown buildings to get the best return on my investment.”

This is the second Façade Enhancement Grant awarded to the property. In 2017, the former Crystal Traditions building was approved for a $9,000 grant for a $18,100 project. Improvements included the replacement of storefront windows, man doors and a garage door, as well roof repairs.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Sentinel program places in Elite 50 for second year in a row

elite 50.jpgThe Sentinel Career and Technology Center Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management program has been named an Elite 50 Hospitality Program by Sullivan University for the second year in a row.

High school and tech center programs excelling in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management across the nation are considered for the Elite 50. Some are state and national award winners from ProStart, SkillsUSA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Emphasis is also placed on strong hospitality enrollment and community involvement.

The Sentinel program was transitioned to Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. The program has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association OH ProStart as a program of distinction for the past three years, and instructor Valerie Zeno has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association OH ProStart as a teacher of distinction for three years. Zeno was also recognized as the OH ProStart Educator of Excellence in OH in February of 2017 and by the National Restaurant Association as a National Educator of Excellence.

 All students enrolled in the program earn their ProStart certificate of achievement and ServSafe Food Handler and Manager certification, as well as complete over 200 hours of paid work experience in the culinary and hospitality management industry.  The culinary and hospitality management program is very active in the local community and completes hundreds of community and service learning hours throughout the year.

The Vanguard Tech Center in Fremont also appeared on the Elite 50 list.

About the Elite 50
The Elite 50 list is comprised of high schools and tech centers that excel in the areas of culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and/or hospitality management. Some are state and national competition winners from ProStart, SkillsUSA and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). We also conducted research to establish schools with strong hospitality enrollment and influence in their community. Included are many schools we specifically paid visits to that we deemed to have strong hospitality studies programs.

About Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers
Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers have been providing quality career technical education since 1968.  The district provides students with specific, marketable skills to begin a career, pursue further training or attend college.  For more information about any of our programs, or to apply to be a student, visit www.vsctc.org.

Boost Mobile to open Tiffin location

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veA new mobile phone retailer is coming to Tiffin. A Boost Mobile franchise is set to open next week in the retail center currently housing Chipotle, at the corner of Ashwood Drive and W. Market Street.

Ben Sayed, a partner in franchise owners Wireless Boys, expressed their excitement at moving into the community. “It’s a beautiful town and we believe we will be a great asset,” he said. “We are looking forward to serving the Tiffin community.”

Wireless Boys began in 2011 and currently owns and operates 15 Boost Mobile franchises in the Northwest Ohio area. Their most recent store opened in Fremont this week.

The retail center was constructed in 2016 by Diverse Development, a real estate development firm based in Holland, Ohio. The center includes three units, one of which (a 1,400 square foot end unit) is still available for lease.

Tiffin receives Tree City USA awards

TreeCityLogoCity celebrates 37 years in program, Growth Award

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 8, 2018 – For the 37th consecutive year, Tiffin has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community and will receive a Growth Award for the fifth year since joining the program. The awards will be presented April 18 at the annual Tree City USA meeting.

Tiffin Parks Director Bryce Kuhn said the awards reflect the city’s long-term commitment to preserving and enhancing its public landscape. “For nearly 40 years, the Tiffin community has made a conscious effort to support sustainable tree programs and educate residents on the importance of such programs,” he said.

Each year the Tiffin Shade Tree and Beautification Commission applies for membership in Tree City USA on behalf of the City of Tiffin. Cities are eligible for the program if they meet four standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and observing Arbor Day with a proclamation.

This year, Tiffin will also receive a Growth Award in recognition of a higher level of tree care. The award highlights innovative programs and projects, and provides an opportunity for communities to share ideas. Tiffin will receive the award for its Christmas tree recycling program and further education of Tree Commission members.

The Tiffin Shade Tree and Beautification Commission is a committee that meets monthly to discuss tree plantings for Tiffin’s boulevards, flower plantings in baskets downtown, tree educational information and beautification.  The committee has been part of Tree City USA for 36 years.

About Tree City USA
The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. Learn more here.