169 board hears about partnership idea

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities met Tuesday afternoon at the Opportunity Center. Superintendent Lew Hurst informed board members that volunteer Tim Gavin from Hospice of Northwest Ohio would like to partner with the Opportunity Center and the Sisters of St. Francis to develop a training program modeled after the hospice program for caregivers to individuals with disabilities.

Hurst said the Opportunity Center, in collaboration with WSOS, has applied to be part of the Capital Housing Improvement Program to make improvements to three homes. It was committed up to $4,000 for each home to be funded by reimbursement from the sale of older homes managed by Northland Homes.

Children’s Services Director Rick Gagnon stated he has seven new students for next year, bringing the total to 49 students.

Adults Services Director Rod Biggert said they have been assisting individuals to find jobs as part of the Employment First initiative. He discussed positive experiences with the Coffee Shop at Mercy Tiffin Hospital.

Human Resources Director Janet Vay informed board members that several substitute positions have been filled and upon completion of training, they have been volunteering in several departments.

Transportation Director Ron Davidson said the Zonar software is being utilized for his bus fleet and drivers.

In other matters, the board:

Approved an employee benefit change granting 3 percent raises and 3 percent cash bonuses to those at the top of their pay scale.

Approved a $14,000 appropriation to the Early Childhood and Family Center of Fostoria operating fund for HVAC units and resealing the parking lot.

Approved an annual agreement between the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Seneca-Reads Industries Inc.

Approved a management contract with Clearwater Council of Government effective July 1 through June 30, 2015.

Approved the $500 ceiling for Family Support Services effective July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015 and the state allocation is to be divided equally between FSS and Level One Match dollars.

Approved participation in the special education Part B-Idea grant of $33,066.94 for fiscal year 2014-15.

Reviewed four policies and made revisions to two.

The board is to meet at 5 p.m. July 8.