Commissioners vote to build new justice center on square

Seneca County commissioners unanimously approved construction of a new joint justice center on Courthouse Square during their meeting Tuesday, regardless of what Tiffin City Council decides.

Much of the discussion during the board's work session involved Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz's proposal, offered at a meeting of commissioners and Tiffin City Council Thursday, to use East Tower as the center.

Justice center options aired

Justice center options aired

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz unveiled a seven-point plan that supports renovation of the East Tower during a meeting of Tiffin City Council members and Seneca County commissioners to discuss the possible joint justice center Thursday evening.

The plan includes a $500,000 contribution from National Machinery President and CEO Andrew H. Kalnow if the center is located at the East Tower.

E. Tower concerns

During a Tuesday meeting, Loretta Miller questioned Seneca County commissioners about a letter that stated East Tower does not meet code.

The letter, included in the East Tower study, was from GOP Limited Structural Engineers.

Commissioner Mike Kerschner said an environmental study must be completed that would answer questions on whether the building meets code.

County Commissioner meeting 2/12/15

In another matter, council and Seneca County commissioners are to meet in a committee of the whole at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center to discuss the joint justice center.

Representatives from Burgess and Niple, which conducted a feasibility study on the joint justice center, and representatives from Gossman Group, which completed the East Tower study, are to attend to answer questions about the studies.

No action is planned at the meeting and, while the public is invited, no public comment is to be allowed. Additional meetings are to be scheduled to allow for comment, Council President Rich Cline said.