County panel discusses former Youth Center
Seneca County commissioners discussed the future of the former juvenile detention center during a meeting Thursday morning.
Commissioners agreed to contact the sheriff’s office and fire and rescue department to see if they are interested in using the building for training purposes. If not, the board will make plans to tear the building down.
“If somebody expresses an interest and says, ‘Yeah, in September we’re going to do something,’ I’m fine with that,” Board President Jeff Wagner said. “But just waiting indefinitely doesn’t seem prudent.”
Wagner said the maintenance department would like to keep the garage behind the old youth center for storage.
In other business, Seneca Regional Planning Commission Director Jill Griffin said the sheriff’s office was awarded a $8,100 grant for Tasers.
The sheriff’s office was responsible for a $900 match for the grant, and Griffin said the office could buy eight or nine Tasers.
Also during the meeting, commissioners continued their discussion with Griffin about the Community Development Block Grant.
The county is applying for three grants one guaranteed $114,000 grant and two competitive $300,000 grants.
The board agreed to dedicate $72,800 the state recommended amount of the grant money to go toward administrative fees and fair housing costs.
Griffin estimated $89,400 as the estimated cost for all administrative fees, which includes salaries for SRPC, environmental reviews, advertising and other items. Included in that estimate is the fair housing fee, which is expected to cost $4,100.
A requirement of the CDBG program is to educate the public on fair housing, Griffin said.
In other business, commissioners received two bids for the 2013 Seneca County Township Road program Issue I.
In new business, the board approved:
A supplemental appropriation of $8,000 for the EMA fund.
A resolution authorizing the purchase of a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services – cooperative purchasing program from a local vendor in lieu of bidding on behalf of the Seneca County Emergency Management Agency.
A resolution authorizing the purchase of a 2013 Ford F150 through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services cooperative purchasing program from a local vendor in lieu of bidding on behalf of the Seneca County Engineer.
A resolution authorizing Wagner to sign the FY 2014-2015 DYS subsidy reclaim grant application and all related documentation on behalf of commissioners and juvenile court.
A resolution setting June 25 at 10 a.m. at the Commissioners’ Office as the day, time and place for a public hearing for the approval of the issuance of economic development improvement and refunding revenue bonds.