City of Tiffin brings in $7 million in grants since 2018

Funds used for infrastructure, community projects
This photo shows South Washington Street after it was resurfaced and new ADA curb ramps were installed in 2021. This and other streets were paved in 2021 for about $822,000, 80 percent of which was federally funded via the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Urban Paving Program

TIFFIN, Ohio – March 17, 2022 – Since 2018, the City of Tiffin has secured more than $7 million in local, state and federal grants for community and infrastructure projects. These grants have allowed the City of Tiffin to complete needed projects while limiting the impact on taxpayer funds.

In the past three years, the City Engineer’s Office in particular has brought in nearly $5.4 million in grant dollars. These funds have supported:

  • Melmore Street Rapid Flashing Beacon Project (2019)
  • Ohio Public Works Commission Pavement Repair Programs, (North Washington and West Perry streets in 2020; and Hudson, Ash, Clyde and Oak streets and portions of North Monroe and Franklin streets in 2021)
  • Ohio Department of Transportation Traffic Signal Timing Project (2020)
  • Urban Paving Program (resurfaced portions of South Washington, Melmore and South Sandusky streets in 2021)

Upcoming projects include Ella Street River Bridge Replacement Project (2023); East Perry Street Reconstruction Project (2023), which proposes to fully rebuild East Perry Street between Circular Street and Jefferson Street; the Household Sewage Treatment Systems Elimination Project (2023), which proposes to eliminate several active septic systems operating within city limits; and the Urban Paving Program (2023), which proposes to resurface South Washington Street between Sycamore Street and Glenn Street and West Market Street between Elmer Street and South Sandusky Street.

City Engineer Matt Watson said, “One of my goals since taking over as City Engineer was to continue to build on the precedent established by previous engineers and leverage our local funds with as many applicable federal, state and local funding sources as possible. I am very proud of our success, thus far, and we will diligently continue to explore all available funding opportunities moving forward.”

The City of Tiffin also has been successful in obtaining nearly $1.7 million in grants for:

  • Jefferson Street Streetscape Project (State Capital Funds)
  • Riverview Park Project (Community Development Block Grant)
  • Shawhan Avenue Improvements Project (Ohio Development Services Agency/ODOT)
  • Railroad Safety Project which established the Quiet Zone (Ohio Rail Development Commission and CSX)
  • Hedges-Boyer Park Resurfacing Project (Meshech Frost Trust)
  • Upcoming Nature Trails Park Project (CDBG)

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “By utilizing these grant dollars, we not only are stretching our tax dollars further, but also reducing the burden on future generations by not having to take out loans or bonds to fund these major projects. I am grateful to the hard work of the Engineering staff and other department heads in securing these grants so that we can better serve our citizens. I would challenge anyone to find another city out there bringing in a larger share of grant dollars than the City of Tiffin.”