Zoeller: Set snow procedures
Seneca County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to reorganize, including appointing Commissioner Holly Stacy as board president and Commissioner Fred Zoeller as vice president at the meeting Monday.
The board moved to continue to hold meetings on Tuesdays and the last Thursdays of each month, along with holding quarterly meetings at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in Republic, April 29 in New Riegel, July 29 in Green Springs and Oct. 28 in Bloomville.
The board also is to continue to have work sessions before the first and third meetings of the month.
Zoeller suggested the board look over snow policies for the county. He said Ottawa County has a set procedure for what to do at each snow emergency level and the board could use it as an example for looking into its own policies.
Zoeller said the commissioners office could be regarded as an essential office.
“I believe the commissioners office is kind of the clearinghouse for the community,” he said. “If situations arise people need to go to some place to get direction.”
He also suggested having a maintenance supervisor check on county buildings, especially during times of subzero temperatures to help prevent burst pipes and related water issues.
Zoeller said an insurance adjustor was to look at flooding problems at Department of Job and Family Services Monday.
Stacy said the office could forward phone calls to commissioners’ personal phones in times of a Level 3 snow emergency.
Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley supported the board in looking further into the policy and creating a countywide plan.
Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors also appealed to the board for changes to the EMS system.
He said past directors and commissioners have created the infrastructure necessary for the EMS but the program requires more staffing.
Majors said specifically the squads in Bettsville, Green Springs and Attica are understaffed.
He said his plan for the next few months was to get to the districts and discuss options to make the department more efficient and increase staffing.
“We have to start looking at things like paid personnel,” Majors said. “It’s more of a reimbursement or compensated volunteer model.”
He said Bascom would be the best model to investigate.
County Administrator Stacy Wilson said Bascom has a 1.2-mill levy for each $100 of valuation, which amounts to 12 cents.
Commissioner Jeff Wagner said township leaders would have to buy into the proposals, and that the change would take time.
Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. CEO and President David Zak introduced himself to commissioners.
Zak took over for Rich Focht at the start of the year.
“I’m excited to be joining you all, and I look forward to learning a lot and contributing a lot,” he said.
The board will not meet today.
In other business, the board approved:
A supplemental appropriation of $952 for the General Fund for 2013.
Fund transfers of $10,000 to be made for the LGF Alternate Formula to the Soil and Water Fund.
Fund transfers of $180,000 to be made for the LGF Alternate Formula to the Ambulance Service Fund.
Fund transfers of $60,000 to be made for the LGF Alternate Formula to the EMA Fund.
Fund transfers of $480,454.74 to be made to the Bond Retirement Fund.
A fund transfer of $122,000 to be made to the Note Retirement Fund.
A decrease of $386.76 to the permanent appropriation for the Hazardous Materials Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $6,608.72 for the Community Development Block Grant Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $103,835.73 for the Seneca County District Construction Fund.
An appropriation adjustment of $7,572.05 within the General Fund.
An supplemental appropriation of $3,579.27 for the Sheriff Commissary Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $700 to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Grant Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $170 within the DARE Fund for 2014.
A fund advance repayment of $4,602.50 from fiscal year 2010 State Homeland Security Grant Fund.
A resolution authorizing a contract service agreement with Crawford County Board of Commissioners for the receipt, custody and care of Crawford County juveniles on behalf of the Seneca County Youth Center for 2014.
A resolution authorizing a contract service agreement with Huron County Board of Commissioners for the receipt, custody and care of Huron County juveniles on behalf of the Seneca County Youth Center for 2014.
A resolution authorizing the Seneca County engineer to host an annual meeting of county and township authorities.
A resolution authorizing the Seneca County engineer to use the “Force Account” pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code Section 5543.19 for the year 2014 in the matter of routine maintenance of equipment and yard facilities, and such emergency work as necessary, etc.
A resolution designating Mark R. Zimmerman as the authorized agent to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation Cooperative Purchasing Program.
A resolution authorizing the expenditure of funds for supplies for times of snow removal, emergencies and meetings held by the Seneca County engineer.
A resolution authorizing the Seneca County engineer to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Program(s) and to executive contracts as required for Issue 1 Round 29 for Seneca County.
A resolution establishing the ability to dispose of unneeded, obsolete or unfit county property by means of online internet auction as an alternative to public auction or sealed bid and charging county department administrators or directors with disposal management oversight.
A resolution accepting the request to terminate the Seneca County Public Defender Commission, effective May 2.
A resolution appointing Randy Wiser to the term for the Sandusky-Seneca County-City of Tiffin Port Authority Board of Directors, term expiring Mar. 1, 2018.