Chaplains want old Youth Center

A local chaplain corps expressed interest in occupying the old Youth Center during a Seneca County commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.

Tracy Elder, president and CEO of Seneca Community Chaplain Corps, said she would like to turn the building into a community care center.

She said she was encouraged after touring the building, saying it was in better shape than she expected.

Elder said SC3 will be raising funds to move into the building, and will have a detailed plan use of the building.

“We do have a good handle and understanding of the issues that are out there and the things we’ve got to do,” she said. “We believe we have a realistic, practical plan.”

Elder said the corps would pay to make improvements to the building.

Commissioners Holly Stacy and Fred Zoeller agreed the county should charge as little as legally allowed for rent.

Zoeller said he would rather give the corps a year-to-year lease to ensure that the corps is still providing services to the community.

He said SC3 would have to cover any expenses with the building.

Bill Bradish, account manager of Palmer Energy, spoke to commissioners about electric aggregation.

Bradish said members of a community could get reduced electric rates by aggregating electricity.

He said it is usually done township by township or village by village and a ballot issue is required before it could take effect.

He said Seneca County could do it countywide, but it likely would not pass because it would not affect people in the rural electrification administration.

Bradish said electric aggregation could save people up to 20 percent. He said those who do not wish to participate in the program could opt out. And those who do not initially opt out and wish to no longer participate in the program can still opt out for a small fee, he said.

He said he will be speaking with the Township Trustees Association next week about electric aggregation.

In other business, commissioners signed a proclamation recognizing June 22 and 23 as Amateur Radio Operator Appreciation Days.

Jim Yoder of W8ERW said there are about 200 licensed radio amateurs in Seneca County.

He said the amateur radio service supports the county in the event of a disaster and works with the county EMS and emergency management agency.

In new business, the board approved:

Bill vouchers

A supplemental appropriation of $119,378 to the 2012 County Road Resurfacing Fund for 2013.

An appropriation adjustment of $84.86 within the Community Development Block Grant FY11 Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $51,064.70 to the General Fund for 2013.

An appropriation adjustment of $90,000 within the Maintenance and Repair Fund.

A resolution authorizing the purchase of a 2013 Ford F150 through the Ohio Department of Administrative Services cooperative purchasing program from local vendor in lieu of bidding on behalf of the Seneca County Engineer.

A resolution appointing Bonnie Boroff to the unexpired term of Duane Applequist Seneca Metropolitan Housing Authority, term expiring July 22, 2017.

A resolution accepting the bid from Lake and Land Excavating LLC for the obstruction removal Newman Airport Parcels at the Seneca County Airport.

A resolution to affirm Seneca County’s due diligence to provide for equal housing opportunity and affirmatively further fair housing in Seneca County.

A resolution authorizing Stacy to sign the grant application, agreements and amendments for the Community Development Block Grant FY13 formula.

A resolution to address Seneca County’s anti-displacement and relocation plan for all CDBG programs.