Loan possible for justice center project

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER
TIFFIN — The Seneca County commissioners were asked to support an application to a state loan program that can be put toward the proposed joint justice building.
John Davoli, executive director of the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments, outlined the efforts to secure a $500,000 loan through the state Local Government Innovation Fund.
The loan, if approved, could be used for engineering and design work on a proposed joint justice center for the city of Tiffin, Seneca County and Fostoria.
The 10-year zero percent interest loan requires the funds be spent within two years, Davoli said, or the council of governments will have to reapply. The area where the former county courthouse was located is being considered for construction of a building to house two common pleas courts, Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, the county clerk of courts office, and possibly other county offices.
The loan application is due to the state by Sept. 8, Davoli said. He requested a resolution of support from the commissioners by Sept. 5. The commissioners will review the request and are expected to take a vote next week.
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