Rain delays ditch hearing

Due to recent rain and flooding issues, the Wolf Creek Ditch project hearing is to be rescheduled because a report could not be completed.

Following the report from Mark Zimmerman, county engineer, and Tia Rice, program administrator for Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District, county commissioners decided to still meet at the Tiffin Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. July 16 to reschedule the final hearing.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller also discussed confusion regarding his “blue-ribbon committee” of community members. He said he was not appointing members of the committee, but wants volunteers to contact him regarding membership. Zoeller wanted volunteers from a variety of sectors to get a cross-section of experiences to assist the county.

“I want people with positive, constructive suggestions to approach me,” Zoeller said. “I want people who have varying thoughts and suggestions for county.”

To join this committee, contact Zoeller at (419) 447-4550, ext. 106.

OSU Extension also presented an update to commissioners. County Director Mark Koenig spoke about pesticide recertification training.

He also stated that the Master Gardeners program is going well and plan on scheduling another class in the future.

Ann Golden, head of 4-H Youth Development, reported that enrollment in the 4-H program is maintaining at about 1,000. The most recent camp include more than 100 participants and Golden reported she had a very young group of counselors this year, which she believes will benefit the camp in the years to come.

“We’ve got a new crop coming and getting started,” Golden said. “It’ll be good for the next couple of years.”

Golden also reported on several new programs, including Car Teens, an educational program for youths with first time violations or minor driving violations. The program, which can be mandated by court order, provides hands-on experience in driving and road safety. She said several students who have graduated from the program are now volunteering as instructors.

Golden also is working on a financial management program called Real Money, Real World instructing junior high and middle school students in managing money. Responses from students in Seneca East, Bettsville and New Riegel school districts have been positive.

In completing his report, Koenig announced his retirement at the end of August, along with Golden and Extension Office Associate Cindy Sherger by the end of the year. He requested that the board provide assistance in replacing them and the board thanked them for their many years of service.

Tracy Elder, president and CEO of Seneca Community Chaplain Corps, asked the board if they had decided the lease cost outside of building improvements and utility insurance cost to turn the old Youth Center into a community care center. Zoeller maintained the board’s opinion that the county should charge as little as possible and provide a year-to-year lease “as long as they stay under the mission they are currently under.”

The board wanted to see the lease before a resolution was made.

In new business, the Hancock County Board of Commissioners requested a meeting with the board to discuss the Blanchard River Stream Enhancement Project with all counties involved. The meeting is to be scheduled.

In other business, commissioners approved:

Bill vouchers.

An appropriation adjustment of $7,750 within the General Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $3,545 for the Delinquent Care and Custody Grant Fund.

Establishment of the Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team Committee.

A resolution authorizing commissioners to enter into the food service agreement with North Central Academy on behalf of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

A resolution authorizing Board President Jeff Wagner to sign the Victims of Crime Act Grant and the State Victims Assistant Act Grant Fund.