Commissioners discuss CDBG funds

The Seneca County Board of Commissioners discussed grant applications that are due next month at its first “traveling” meeting, which took place at Fostoria’s Municipal Building Tuesday night.

Community Development Block Grant applications are due April 17, said Jeff Wagner, president of the board.

The county is to apply for CDBG funds to repair parking lots at the County Services Building and the Department of Job and Family Services building.

Wagner said the county is expected to receive about $88,000 in CDBG funding.

He also gave an update after attending a Health Insurance Advisory Committee meeting.

He said with the new health care law, there is to be a re-insurance tax in 2014. The tax is to charge $63 per person on a policy.

He said there also is to be a 2.5 percent premium tax.

“This health care reform definitely wasn’t free,” Wagner said.

Commissioners also gave another update on the job fair set for May 13 at Tiffin University’s Heminger Center.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller said chambers of commerce

and other economic development organizations are reaching out to employers including manufacturing, retail, medical and others. He said the job fair is to require a dress code.

Commissioners are to have their next quarterly traveling meeting in June, which Wagner said is likely to be in Attica.

“It gives people a chance to experience a commissioners’ meeting that might not normally, and have some input as well, as we go through this process,” Wagner said.

Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler said he appreciates the attention commissioners are giving to Fostoria, especially in economic development.

In new business, the board approved of:

Bill vouchers.

An appropriation adjustment of $20,000 within the Maintenance and Repair Fund.

An appropriation adjustment of $3,956.41 to be made to the Recovery Act Rural Law Enforcement Assistance Fund.

A resolution authorizing commissioners to sign the release and settlement agreement with Herbert Faber.

A resolution setting April 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the commissioners’ office to receive sealed bids for the SEN-CR 38-9.32 bridge replacement.

A resolution amending board orders of Dec. 27, 2012, authorizing the purchase of a 2013 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services cooperative purchasing program from local vendor in lieu of bidding on behalf of the Seneca County Sheriff.

A resolution establishing the CR 38-9.32 Bridge Replacement Fund.

A resolution authorizing commissioners to certify the 2012 county highway system mileage certificate.