County told wall should be replaced

A consultant recommended replacing an entire wall at the County Services Building during Monday’s Seneca County commissioners meeting.

Earl Reid of Palmer Energy said painting the wall of the building would not be sufficient and that the county would have to replace the wall.

“The painting … is not a fix, long-term,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to solve your problem.”

He said one option would be replacing the wall with an exterior insulation finishing system. This would help prevent the wall from leaking, but the county would have to paint it every five years.

Reid also suggested the StylWall. Although it was more expensive than the other recommendation, it is expected to last about 25 years.

He said with either option, the murals hanging there could not be rehung.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller asked if grants would be available to fund the project, including the Community Development Block Grant program.

Commissioner Holly Stacy said commissioners do not want a quick fix and would like to apply for funds next year.

“I would advocate that we would wait,” Zoeller said. “I just don’t see how we have the funds available to go ahead and start (the) project.”

Zoeller suggested getting a quote to remove the murals and fix the imperfections in the wall. The board is to apply for CDBG funds next year.

Reid said that new controls were being installed and would allow commissioners to oversee the county facilities and how the systems are working. The settings are to allow the board to see the year-to-year costs of building operation.

Reid also said that because the chiller on the roof of the County Services Building is to be fixed, a section of the roof would need to be replaced and he recommended replacing the entire roof.

He is to bring more information back to the board.

In other business, Department of Job and Family Services Director Kathy Oliver gave an update on the Prevention, Retention and Contingency Plan.

The federally funded plan provides services for four months or less to help prevent individuals from coming onto assistance.

Oliver said that with the funding, they are required to add work supports. The work supports would help individuals in getting to work and keeping jobs, such as assisting in vehicle maintenance.

She said the current basic plan includes the summer youth program, disaster services and the subsidized employment program. SEP allows employers to hire individuals through the DJFS and the department will pay up to four months of wages. At the end of the four-month period, the employer is able to hire the individual.

DJFS is to bring the new revised plan including the available work supports for the board’s approval upon receiving allocations from the state.

The agency is to receive its funds after Oct. 1.

County Administrator Stacy Wilson said about $500 was needed to complete the Seneca County Cemetery project.

Zoeller and Stacy are to contact the city of Tiffin and Pleasant Township to discuss the replacement stones necessary to complete the rehabilitation.

The board is to meet 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Meadowbrook Park in Bascom.

In new business, the board approved:

An appropriation adjustment of $4,697 within the Community Development Block Grant Program FY12 Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $25,000 for the Community Housing Improvement Program Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $19,667 for the Housing Revolving Loan Fund Fund.

A decrease of $28,432.12 to the permanent appropriation for the CDBG Fund.

A supplemental decrease of $611.31 within the General Fund.

An appropriation adjustment of $611.31 within the General Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $27,762.87 for the Seneca County Ditch Maintenance Fund for 2013.

A resolution authorizing the execution of Amendment No. 1 to an agreement of sublease with respect to Seneca County Youth Center.

A resolution authorizing the revision and implementation of the Prevention, Retention and Contingency Plan effective July 15, 2013.

A resolution authorizing the board to enter into an agreement/contract with Nick’s Lawn Mowing Service for snow removal on the county’s small lots.

A resolution authorizing the snow removal agreement for the county’s large lots with Elchert’s Lawn Mowing Service.

A resolution authorizing the contract/agreement with Corporate One Benefits Agency Inc. for consulting and brokerage services pertaining but not limited to medical, prescription drugs and flexible spending accounts for Seneca County effective Aug. 1, 2013.

Bill vouchers.