Commissioners learn more about justice center

Seneca County commissioners discussed the joint justice center during a short meeting Tuesday morning.

County Administrator Stacy Wilson said the public is welcome to attend a topping-off ceremony for the justice center Tuesday. Several people are to meet at 1:30 p.m. on Court Street that day to sign their names to a steel beam that will become part of the building.

Commissioner Holly Stacy said officials still were trying to decide who is to sign the beam.

Commissioner Mike Kerschner suggested major contractors, sub-contractors, elected officials and members of the justice center’s leadership team sign.

Kerschner also said two flags are to be flown at the justice center. He said one was donated by a Seneca County veteran and the other once flew over the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Commissioner Shayne Thomas said a ceremony also is to be scheduled for the laying of the building’s cornerstone.

Thomas said he wanted to tie the event into the June 10 open house for the building, but masons told him that might be too early. 

Stacy said she liked having several events tied to construction of the building because it gave residents a chance to attend at least one.

“It keeps it the people’s project,” she said.

Construction remains on schedule and a report from the construction manager at-risk, Gilbane Building Co., is available on the commissioners’ website,

In new business, commissioners approved a $1,000 supplemental appropriation to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Grant Fund.