Elections board revises request

Board of elections representatives cut an additional budget request by 60 percent during Tuesday’s Seneca County commissioners meeting.

Seneca County Board of Elections Deputy Director Jim Ehrman said the revised request was for an additional $36,150, down from the original request of $61,000. He said the new request allows for minimal training and necessary election expenses, along with additional money in the salary line due to issues such as pay-outs to past employees and paying temporary employees.

Part of the request included sending Seneca County Board of Elections Director Karl Erbland or Ehrman to technical training, which would cost $2,750. The training should save about $2,900 per election, since the board would not have to contract out computer programming each time, Ehrman said.

Mandatory costs for the November election include poll worker training and election supplies.

Commissioner Jeff Wagner said he still was uncomfortable with the request and was disappointed the board could not stay within its original budget, but he understood certain additional costs were required by the state.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller said with the training costs could be recouped in a year and would eliminate some outside contract work.

Commissioners unanimously agreed to the $2,750 request for training; the training session begins Sunday. Although a resolution has not been approved, the board was comfortable supporting the training.

The board is to consider a resolution on the elections board request at next week’s meeting.

In other business, commissioners approved a resolution creating a board to review use of Courthouse Square. The request, made by Seneca County Common Pleas Courts judges Michael Kelbley and Steve Shuff, urged commissioners to reject all applications to use the space until the 90-day review is completed.

Events already scheduled would go on as planned.

The committee- which includes representatives from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Seneca County Common Pleas Courts and economic development organizations-is to meet soon with an individual from Columbus who works in courthouse security, Zoeller said.

“We tried to get a wide group of interest … so we get varied opinions and so we can truly establish a long-term policy for that area in front of the annex,” he said. “Until we establish a policy, we can eliminate potential liabilities down the road.”

Zoeller, who is to chair the committee, said he hopes the panel would define the space and proper usage by the end of the 90-day review.

For more information, call Zoeller at (419) 447-4550.

In another matter, County Administrator Stacy Wilson said work on the County Services Building parking lot has been completed and the commissioners office parking lot should be finished by Thursday.

Commissioners are to have their quarterly off-site meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bettsville Village Offices, 308 Emma St.

In other business, the board approved:

  • A supplemental appropriation of $6,000 for the EMA Fund.
  • A resolution appointing Heather Oesch to the Seneca County Health Advisory Board as a bargaining representative for the term commencing July 22 and ending Dec. 31, 2017.
  • A supplemental appropriation of $794,333.04 to the Maintenance and Repair Fund.
  • A supplemental appropriation of $40.71 for the SFY14 Community Corrections Fund.
  • A supplemental appropriation of $2,000 to the General Fund.
  • Bill vouchers.