County awaits state comment on Wolf Creek

Seneca County Engineer Mark Zimmerman gave an update on the Wolf Creek Ditch Hearing at the Seneca County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

He said the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is reviewing the project and is expected to file comments soon.

Zimmerman also said affected residents should check their assessments to make sure they are correct.

If affirmed, Zimmerman said he is to start meeting with landowners about the work required on their land. He said residents still are encouraged to remove obstructions from the channel to receive a reimbursement.

“If we can save $15,000 by taking $2,000 worth of assessments off the (project cost), that helps everybody,” he said.

Zimmerman said more information is to be compiled on the work necessary to fix the ditch, as the study was completed several months ago. Due to recent severe weather, Zimmerman said many of the issues blocking the channel may have changed.

Zimmerman said no assessments are to be billed until 2015 if the decision is affirmed.

The board is to make its final decision on whether to affirm or rescind the order at 10 a.m. Jan 30 at the Public Safety Building. At the meeting, the board also is to determine the payment timeline for landowners.

The meeting will include a brief history of the project and will allow for public comment.

The board also considered the county’s snow emergency procedure and discussed using a phone tree to communicate whether county offices are open during a Level 3 Snow Emergency.

County Administrator Stacy Wilson said Emergency Management Agency knows how to create and implement a phone tree to communicate with local elected officials on whether county offices are open.

Board President Holly Stacy suggested additional communication with local media about the status of county offices during a Level 3.

If the board decides not to communicate whether offices are open during a Level 3, the county would require all offices to indicate whether they are open.

The board is to look further into the issue.

Wilson said the Department of Job and Family Services has been looked over by an insurance adjustor and the department is waiting for more information regarding carpets in the building after flooding problems.

The Courthouse Annex is moving forward on cleaning its carpets after the inclement weather at the start of the year. Due to continuing cold, another pipe burst during attempts to prime the system. There was minimal damage to the building.

The board is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for its first quarterly evening meeting. The meeting is to be held at in the rear of 309 S. Madison St. in Republic.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller was not in attendance due to a health concern.

In other business, the board approved:

A supplemental appropriation of $600 for the Community Development Block Grant Fund.

Fund transfers of $140,000 to the Soil and Water Fund.

An appropriation adjustment of $250 within the SFY14 Community Corrections Fund for 2013.

A supplemental appropriation of $150,000 for the General Fund for 2014.

A resolution rescinding the board’s orders of Jan. 13: supplemental appropriation within the DARE Fund for 2014.

A resolution rescinding the board’s orders of Jan. 13: supplemental appropriation for the Community Development Block Grant Fund.

A resolution memorializing the reduction in acreage for the VH-1 Property, Seneca County.

A resolution authorizing the board to sign a satisfaction of mortgage for Ronald L. Olmstead for the satisfaction of mortgage loan with the Seneca County Commissioners for work done through the Community Housing Improvement Program.

A resolution authorizing the AT&T Managed Internet Service VoIP-IP Flex Reach, IP Toll-Free and Voice DNA agreement for services related to the Video Arraignment System on behalf of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department.

Bill vouchers.