Board of elections move mulled

Seneca County Board of Elections met with county commissioners in their regular meeting Monday to discuss the accessibility of the board of elections building.

Deputy Director Jim Ehrman said a representative from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office would visit the board of elections before the election to make sure the building is in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

To be fully ADA compliant for parking, Ehrman said the board would either have to have parking in front of building and construct a ramp into the sidewalk or construct a ramp to the back door.

With the construction needed, Ehrman said neither plan is feasible.

Because the board of elections is considering moving to space at the Department of Job and Family Services, Ehrman said if they have a firm plan, the secretary of state’s office also would look at the new space and consider it for compliance.

Chairman Charles Knight said the board of elections liked the DJFS location, at 900 CR 20, but many citizens have expressed concern on the board’s move out of the city.

“We have to figure out what’s the most economic way to get the job done,” he said.

Knight also expressed concern over the closing of the Seneca County Health Department’s Tiffin parking lot for its mammogram program. He said it was for a good cause, but the board of elections is required by law to be open and accessible for 45 days prior to the election.

The parking lot closing could present legal issues for the board, he said.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller suggested making a list of issues at the current location that would have to be addressed to make it ADA compliant and compare it to the cost of making the DJFS site compliant.

Commission President Holly Stacy said, although the list would allow commissioners to consider accessibility, it would not address the other board of elections issues, such as lack of space and security.

Knight said as long as a decision is made, he would request a special inspection by the secretary of state’s office to look at both spaces.

Commissioner Jeff Wagner said it would be better to market the downtown building rather than the DJFS space.

The elections board is to meet with commissioners at their next meeting to discuss changes necessary at both locations and the viability of moving the board to DJFS.

Stacy also said the 2014 Jobs Fair is set for May 12. Businesses have until May 1 to be registered in the directory. To qualify for VIP status, individuals must register by April 25.

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The board also opened bids for the TR 75 bridge superstructure precast reinforced concrete boxes project. Seneca County Engineer Mark Zimmerman’s estimate for the project was $36,500.

One bid was opened, from Lindsay Precast Inc. of Canal Fulton, for $46,695.60. The bid was referred to Zimmerman.

In new business, the board approved:

An appropriation adjustment of $910 within the General Fund.

An appropriation adjustment of $10,000 within the Maintenance and Repair Fund.

A fund transfer of $94,500 to be made to the Soil and Water Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $94,500 for the General Fund for 2014.

A supplemental appropriation of $6,061.51 for the General Fund.

A supplemental appropriation of $10,000 for the Seneca County Ditch Maintenance Fund for 2014.

A resolution amending the contract with WSOS, CAC, INC for administration of the Community Housing Improvement Program FY 13 for the Fair Housing Training Program to be conducted by the grantee and authorizing Stacy to sign the amendment on behalf of the county.

A resolution authorizing a contract service agreement with A&D Excavating LLC for the Maloy property for the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Household Sewage Treatment System program.

A supplemental appropriation $10,500 for the Wireless E-911 System Fund.

Bill vouchers.