Commissioners mark adoption month

County Administrator Stacy Wilson read a proclamation recognizing today as Ohio’s Adoption Advocacy Day at the Seneca County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

Seventeen children are in foster care in Seneca County, while three are waiting to be adopted, according to the proclamation. Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services and other state agencies are looking for permanent homes for children in foster care.

The board also recognized November as Adoption Recognition and Recruitment Month and encouraged the public to join in efforts to raise awareness and support children needing a permanent family.

Board President Jeff Wagner said if individuals are interested in adoption, contact DJFS at (419) 447-5011.

In other business, Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors thanked the board for attending the recognition ceremony in Bettsville.

He said each volunteer is to receive a commemorative coin for their service, along with certificates recognizing their work.

He said the recognition program helped open up communication with local government officials and he hoped to open discussion on improving the program.

He also said the EMS program needs additional volunteers.

“We’ve been in operation 35 years,” he said. “I think it’s time (that) we celebrate our history and what we’ve got accomplished, and then it’s time to look to the future and figure out how we’re going to do this, with all the challenges we face.”

He said several quotes have been received for the new Green Springs ambulance and it will be ready by no later than April 14. Majors said the truck will be on display for three days before its delivery at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in Indianapolis.

He also is getting finalization for a grant to purchase a lift for the new ambulance.

Majors also said he is to attend the charter meeting establishing the EMS Chiefs Association in Columbus Thursday.

Wilson said that the cost of the phone system for the RTA and Annex buildings is $27,000 based on the need for 70 phones. She said the $24,000 estimate was originally for 66 phones but 70 were needed.

The board approved an appropriation adjustment of $27,000 within the Capital Projects Fund and a resolution authorizing the contract with Impact Network Solutions Inc. for the phone system.

Wilson said that since the board is completing the purchase under capital improvements, the departments affected are to pay for the phones through cost allocation.

The company also is to provide customer service on the program for a year.

Board President Jeff Wagner said he and Commissioner Holly Stacy attended the Seneca County Chaplain Corps’ open house at the former Seneca County Youth Center Saturday.

He called the changes impressive, and Stacy said the group intends on making more changes.

“It’s a wise use of county property,” said Commissioner Fred Zoeller.

Stacy also said Board of Elections representatives walked through the space at the DJFS last Tuesday and reaction was positive.

The board moved into executive session for personnel and pending litigation matters.

In new business, the board approved:

An appropriation adjustment of $577.50 within the General Fund.

Appropriation adjustments of $5,000 for Soil and Water Conservation District.

Appropriation adjustments of $500 within the General Fund.

A resolution for maintenance bases for the Seneca County Ditches maintained by the Seneca County Ditch Maintenance Program.

A resolution for the approval of maintenance assessments for the Blanchard River Stream Enhancement Project Maintenance Fund to be collected in 2015.