Board votes members to top spots

Seneca County Developmental Disabilities board members chose Dave Culp to serve as president for 2014 while Joe Moore remains in the vice president position, and Patty Smith was chosen secretary Tuesday afternoon.

Committee appointments were made and the monthly meeting time is 5 p.m. the second Tuesday at various locations in the county.

Opportunity Center Superintendent Lew Hurst said the center used eight calamity days so far this school year and several large school districts are petitioning the governor for waivers of the days that were declared Level 3 emergency. They are looking at options for make-up days.

Hurst said the governor’s office also is pressing county boards to participate in more shared services for resources. A draft proposal is circulating but no decisions have been made for final regulations.

The County Board Association and the superintendents’ executive committee plan to take a more aggressive approach to Ohio Revised Code and administrative rule changes that pertain to DD county boards. Rules now are under review by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review that was created by the General Assembly in 1977. The committee consists of five state representatives and five state senators whose function is to review proposed, new, amended and rescinded rules from more than 120 state agencies to ensure they do not exceed their rulemaking authority granted by the General Assembly, said Hurst.

Business Manager Dick Williams reported new outside lighting has been installed at the Opportunity Center for $2,500. The facility soon is to have an energy test done.

In other business, the board:

Approved the superintendent’s professional development plan.

Approved the 2013 annual report and 2014 action plan.

Transferred $39,696 to the Early Childhood Center of Fostoria operating fund.

Changed a workshop specialist position to habilitation specialist.

The 169 board meets at 5 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Opportunity Center.