Government panel OKs alliance

The North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments agreed to form a strategic partnership in the areas of energy management, mechanical servicing and integrated facility services with Brewer-Garrett, at Wednesday’s board meeting.

NCORcog has agreed to the partnership to make Brewer-Garrett a preferred vendor, but terms of a contract have not yet been reached.

“The (council of government’s) most important role is obviously on the front end, running the process that chooses a preferred vendor to make it a more agile process for you to engage a vendor,” Hugh Quill of Public Performance Partners said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz and Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Donald Coletta, both of whom have worked with the company on projects, spoke positively of Brewer-Garrett.

Montz also gave an update of the SR 53 coalition that includes Seneca County, Ottawa County, Sandusky County, Wyandot County, Tiffin, Upper Sandusky, Fostoria, Fremont and others.

He said the coalition’s goal is to improve safety on SR 53.

The coalition will have its second meeting in June, and state officials, including members of the Ohio Department of Transportation, are expected to be in attendance, Montz said.

Also during the meeting, NCOR Director John Davoli gave an update on Local Government Innovation Fund projects the group has sought.

He said he recently met with officials in Columbus to discuss the LGIF projects including compressed natural gas and shared facilities.

Montz said the Columbus meetings were positive, and said State Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, and State Sen. Dave Burke, R-Marysville, support the projects.

NCORcog recently has applied for a Lowe’s Generator Grant, which would allow for installation of a generator that would go along with the LGIF IT consolidation project, Davoli said.

He said the generator and the IT consolidation would provide “continuity of government,” which would allow for government files and systems to be backed up and allow them to be recovered from other locations involved in the consolidation.

He said there have been 20 applications for the Safe Routes to School study, including the group’s, and 10 will be selected.

Also at the meeting, Kathy Mohr, director of technology at NCOESC, said NCORcog is now an E-Rate approved vendor, which allows the council to submit proposals to school districts and libraries to provide technology services.

Mohr said it “is a very attractive service” for school districts, and it is a way to provide revenue for NCORcog.

“We’re trying to bring revenue sources to the (council of governments),” Chairman Jim Lahoski said. “It’s time for us to do that.”