Board gets project wrap-up
Travis Gase of Boy Scout Troop 444 gave his final report on the Seneca County Home Cemetery project at the Seneca County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.
Gase gave a breakdown of the funding used for the project, including donations, recycled concrete funding and in-kind contributions, coming to a total of $14,800.
He said he put in 145 planning hours on the project. Other volunteers’ work hours totaled 1,850.
Gase thanked those involved, including the commissioners, adult leaders and Scouts of Troop 444, Brad Borer, Mark Irving, Tom Breidenbach, Seneca County Sheriff’s Community Corrections, Tim Welly, Eric Borer and Palmer Brothers.
“The county is eternally grateful for what you’ve done,” said Commissioner Fred Zoeller.
At 2 p.m. Sunday there is to be a rededication ceremony at the Seneca County Cemetery.
Zoeller said he was contacted by a resident of New Riegel who is looking to purchase a property that has a cistern and restroom on the property. The resident asked the board whether he would have to pay for a sewer assessment if he were to remove the cistern and restroom.
He said the individual wanted an understanding from the board that if he were to decide to purchase the property, County Engineer Mark Zimmerman would give a recommendation to the board to authorize the property to be removed from the sewer system.
The board members agreed if Zimmerman gives the recommendation to the board, they would authorize the property to be removed from the sewer system.
Zoeller said that he looked into the possibility of implementing a new cost-saving program.
He said several individuals and businesses have approached him to complete a study on waste in departmental budgets. He said there is no upfront cost, but if they find waste in the budget and the board agrees on the cost savings, they receive 25 percent of the savings in the next fiscal year.
Zoeller said that he will get more information on the proposal and report back to the board.
Zoeller said the Wolf Creek Ditch Hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 26.
He said some individuals are objecting the ditch project because they fear if the ditch is cleared out to the Sandusky County line, the water will back up at the line and cause issues in Bettsville.
After discussion with Sandusky County Board of Commissioners, Zoeller said both boards are to look further into the matter.
County Administrator Stacy Wilson said that she received a proposal for new phone system.
Board President Jeff Wagner asked whether the non-general fund departments would be able to contribute towards the cost, but Wilson said that responsibility would most likely go to the county, because it is a county-owned building.
The board asked Wilson to discuss the price of the proposal further with the company.
Commissioner Holly Stacy said she spoke to Seneca County Board of Elections Chairman Charles Knight about the Department of Job and Family Services Building and said the Board of Elections would consider using the space.
Zoeller also said that the County Services Building repairs are complete.
In new business, the board approved:
* A supplemental appropriation of $1,000 for Juvenile Program and Services Fund.
* A supplemental appropriation of $5,805.80 for the Allen Eiry Fund.
* A supplemental appropriation of $64,000 for the Health Insurance Fund.
* A supplemental appropriation of $305 for the Flex Spending Admin Fund.
* Fund transfers of $300,000 be made to the Capital Projects Fund.
* An appropriation adjustment of $13,372.95 within the Ambulance Service Fund.
* A supplemental appropriation of $68,143.21 for the Courthouse Construction Fund to close out the fund.
* Fund transfers of $68,143.21 be made to the General Fund.
* A supplemental appropriation of $287,508.31 for General Fund 2013.
* Fund advance repayment of $16,411.38 from the CR 16 Petition Ditch Fund to the General Fund.
* Fund advance repayment of $68,815 from the Energy Improvement Fund to the General Fund.
* Establishing Seneca County’s premium contribution and health insurance rates for 2014.
* Establishing Seneca County’s Health Insurance COBRA rates for 2014.
* A resolution rescinding the board’s orders of Sept. 16 authorizing the contract/agreement with Corporate One Benefits Inc. for consulting and brokerage services pertaining, but not limited, to medical, prescription drugs and flexible spending accounts for Seneca County; effective Aug. 1.
* A resolution authorizing the contract/agreement with Corporate One Benefits for the access to protected health information; effective Aug. 1.
* A resolution authorizing the Health Savings Account employer contribution amounts for the Seneca County Government Health Insurance Plan.