Board focuses on justice center

Seneca County commissioners gave an update on the Seneca County Justice Center Tuesday.

Commissioner Holly Stacy said the justice center leadership team is to meet at noon Thursday at the Public Safety Building, 126 Hopewell Ave. A detailed report is available at www.seneca-county.com/justice-center.

She said the time capsule committee has been meeting about twice a week and reminded residents they can submit photos through social media with the hashtag #Selfieto2067 to have them included in the time capsule digitally.

Stacy said the space for digital items is “not very limited” and she hopes residents get involved.

Commissioner Shayne Thomas said decisions for landscaping at the justice center are being worked on, but may not happen soon because government officials won’t have access to the site until after construction is complete. For example, cupola tower installation is not planned until November. He also said the committee does not have a budget yet.

“We don’t expect a big, complicated landscape design, but we do need to get some sidewalks in,” he said, adding that some sidewalks are included in the construction contract, but others would have to be installed as part of a landscaping design.

In other business, commissioners agreed to purchase a bike rack from Leadership Seneca County that was slated for installation at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, but no space was found for it.

Thomas said the customized bike rack costs about $335. He said the landscaping committee would decide where to place it.

In other news, commissioners agreed to send a letter to the Red Cross asking it to develop a new shelter agreement and plan in case of natural disaster or emergency.

Thomas said the current plan is outdated. He said one building to be used for shelter under that plan is Fostoria St. Wendelin High School, which is closed.

“This is really important stuff,” Thomas said. “We absolutely have to do it.”

“I appreciate what (Red Cross does),” Thomas said, “but, there is not a shelter east of Tiffin.”

Stacy said a new plan was a good idea.

Also during the meeting, Seneca Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlene Watkins gave an update on a $50,000 Ohio Historical Connection Grant awarded to the county.

The grant was awarded after Rover Pipeline personnel destroyed a house in Richland County that had historical significance.

Watkins said one of the projects slated to be funded by the grant — roof repair at West Lodi Church — was covered by insurance. The $5,000 earmarked for the project will be moved into the Seneca County Historical Preservation Fund the county created. The fund now has $28,000.

An advisory board is being formed to ensure projects seeking funding from that pool of money meet grant requirements, which are that the money must be used to protect or preserve a historical site or for historical education.

Watkins said those interested in submitting an application for the funds can contact her office, (419) 443-7936, extension 123. is to be distributed as part of a one-to-one match.

Other projects that received a chunk of the grant included: $800 to the Scipio-Republic Area Historical Society for display cases for historical artifacts, $5,000 to Fostoria Rail Preservation Society for new signage and $16,200 to several entities to work on mapping historical landmarks and creating videos to document county history.

In new business, the board approved:

• A $15,000 supplemental appropriation to the VOCA Fund.

• A $35,631.52 and a $4,140.34 decrease to the permanent appropriation for the VOCA Fund.

• A $3,000 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund.

• A $13,745 supplemental appropriation to the County Sewer District Fund.

• A $200 appropriation adjustment within the General Fund.

• A $3,360.81 supplemental appropriation to the County Sewer District Fund.

• A $3,763 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund.

• A $1,195 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund.

• A $33,794.50 supplemental appropriation to the Pre-Sentence Investigation Writer Grant Fund.

• A $5,000 appropriation adjustment within the General Fund.

• A $14,900 supplemental appropriation to the Delinquent Care and Custody Grant Fund.

• A $4,560.50 supplemental appropriation to the VOCA Fund.

• The Fair Lane extension contract with Ohio Department of Transportation on behalf of Seneca Regional Planning Commission.

• The sales of a 2005 and a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria on behalf of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. The county received $1,500 for the vehicles.

• A $95,728 bid from Rush Truck Centers for a 64-passenger school bus for Seneca County Opportunity Center.

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