Firm to oversee compliance

North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments approved a contract with Ted Howell from Energy Instruction Group LLC to assist in compliance work with the energy engineering and design-build services provided by Brewer-Garrett Co. at its meeting Wednesday.

Hugh Quill of Public Performance Partners said Howell is to help council of governments members in actions such as contract reviews, energy savings evaluations and invoice reviews.

“(He) will make sure our vendor … is delivering the services that are relative to the contract and the agreement that was signed,” Quill said.

Brewer-Garrett is paying for compliance under the agreement with the council.

Cameron Beadle and Greg Sarver of Options Utility Consulting gave a presentation on bringing down electricity costs at North Central Ohio Education Service Center through analysis of utility bills and finding more competitive options for natural gas and power suppliers.

Working with Options Utility Consulting would incur no out-of-pocket cost for NCOESC.

Beadle said individuals as well as businesses can work with the consulting agency.

He also said that if NCOESC used the agency’s services, it could save more than $10,000 a year on electricity.

In other business, Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller reported on the SR 53 Coalition. He said he has raised $8,000 from private individuals to go toward the Seneca County’s $25,000 contribution to a study.

He also said that a private benefactor is to give the $5,000 needed for Wyandot County’s contribution.

“I know that goes a long way with (Ohio Department of Transportation) when you’ve got a public-private partnership,” he said. “Things are moving along very, very well.”

He said the study should be complete by the end of next year.

The board discussed Local Government Innovation Fund revenues and expenditures of $100,000 for the Tiffin/Seneca County shared space/court facility study grant from Ohio Development Services Agency and service contracts with Burgess & Niple and Public Performance Partners.

The board approved a motion to cover expenditures for the study.

Director John Davoli said he would provide a final report at the completion of the project.

Davoli also said the board is moving forward on the Safe Routes to Schools grant and is to be in contact with ODOT. He said he hopes to apply by the beginning of next year.

The board also welcomed NCOESC Ex Officio Fiscal Officer Tina Peyton.

NCOESC is to host Open Government Unit Certified Public Records Training 10 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Sept. 27. It is required by Ohio law for all elected officials or their designees. To register, visit

The board is to meet again at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at NCOESC.