Elections board seeks computers

Director Andrea Carroll requested additional funding to replace the computer server at the Board of Elections at the Seneca County commissioners meeting Tuesday.

She said the board of elections received federal funding in 2005 through the Help America Vote Act to purchase new computers to make the switch from punch cards. Carroll said the computers are the original computers from 2006 and the federal government will not be able to fund new computers.

She said the computers should be in working order for the November election, but they need to be replaced.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller asked if there were any available state funds or other lines in the budget for additional funds, and Carroll said she can look into it.

Zoeller also suggested speaking with other counties to see what avenues they took for funding.

Commissioner Holly Stacy said the Volunteers of America and the board are to have a public hearing regarding funding for a building project at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15.

She said Volunteers of America is to build a traditional care facility along with a geriatric and psychiatric unit.

At this time, the county acts as a funding conduit for free. Zoeller said some counties charge a fee to act as a conduit and he said Sandusky County-Seneca County-City of Tiffin Port Authority could become the conduit to raise revenue.

Stacy said that they would have to rewrite their policy if they were to charge a fee.

Board President Jeff Wagner said he would like to have the port authority give a presentation to the board on charging a fee.

Wagner said he was appreciative of the Volunteers of America and its commitment to the community.

In public comment, Kevin Carrigan spoke about the Seneca County Cemetery and the private donation to fund new headstones. Headstones to match the rest of the renovated cemetery cost $200 apiece. At a previous commissioners meeting, the board agreed to buy less expensive markers to fulfill the county’s responsibility, although no official motion was made.

“A couple of individuals have now blown this way out of proportion,” he said. “All of a sudden, these specific individuals think that that you need to have beyond what the law says the county is responsible for providing.”

Carrigan said commissioners should give responsibility to the individuals who made the donation to secure funds for headstones in the 45 days the county was given to mark the burial site.

“If we want to have these things, then these specific special interest groups or individuals need to take ownership to make sure things happen,” he said. “If they don’t want to take ownership, then they have no say in what’s going on.”

Carrigan also said he was happy the project was being completed.

County Administrator Stacy Wilson said EMS Director Ken Majors found a workers compensation equipment grant that could fund the purchase of an electric lift. The county would have to give up to $15,000 to get the additional $25,000 possible from the grant.

Commissioners are to look further into the details and deadline for application.

Zoeller said repairs are to begin Thursday at the County Services Building. The contractor is to take down the murals and patch areas on the wall that are bubbling.

He also said he is to meet with a masonry contractor to discuss the bottom 3 feet of the wall.

Zoeller also said he wants more people to join his blue-ribbon commission. He said the commission would meet once a month.

“What we’re trying to do is get out-of-the-box thinking,” he said.

In other business, Stacy said the county would need to fix or replace a maintenance department tractor. She said so far, the maintenance department has spent $2,500 to maintain it. A new tractor would cost $14,573.

Commissioners also approved a request from Nancy Cochran, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, to lower the number of members on its board to 14 from 18.

In other business, the board approved:

A decrease to the permanent appropriation of $1,402,985.46 for the Pavement Resurfacing Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $12,500 for 2013 General Fund.

An appropriation adjustment of $7,450 within the General Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $91,770 for the 2013 General Fund.

An appropriation adjustment of $90,000 within the General Fund.

An authorization allowing Wagner to sign the grant application, agreements and all other documents for the Community Development Block Grant FY13 Grant Program.