Regional planning board gets update

Seneca Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Jill Griffin outlined the commission’s goals during the meeting Wednesday.

She said the geographic information systems comprehensive plan has been approved by the executive and technical advisory committees and the planning commission is to move forward with promotion of the plan to entities who use the system.

The mapping plan would allow the county to look into factors that would impact Seneca County, such as population loss, and would help to stop the those issues from negatively affecting the area.

Updating the plan also would make the codes easier to understand. The current system is outdated and the committee is also looking into hiring a GIS employee.

Griffin said Seneca County commissioners supported the plan.

She said she is working on breaking down the cost to townships and providing education to them.

A GIS software upgrade is to cost about $7,300, with $3,000 a year in maintenance fees, Tiffin Mayor and Commission President Aaron Montz said.

Griffin also is looking into finding an unpaid intern to work for the commission. She also said the commission is to look into countywide zoning and disbursing information about the commission.

Montz spoke about the Community Housing Impact and Preservation program. The government is cutting funding and encouraging entities to partner to receive the most funding. Montz said Tiffin, Seneca County and Fostoria are to partner to apply for $975,000 of grant funding.

Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller provided an update about the county EMS system. Townships are having issues getting the manpower to staff the squads, he said.

Commissioners, EMS Director Ken Majors and township leaders are to meet Saturday to discuss improvements to the system.

Montz suggested applying for Local Government Innovative Fund money for a study on improving the system and finding a cost-effective model for the county and townships.

The commission is to meet again at 7:30 p.m. June 4.