In the beginning

Park district bids farewell to longtime secretary

PHOTO BY VICKI JOHNSON Board member Jim Nordholt goes over paperwork after Tuesday’s meeting with Executive Director Sarah Betts (left) and Business Manager Shelly Smola.

Seneca County Park District board accepted the resignation of Judy Arnold as board secretary at its Tuesday meeting. Arnold had been volunteer secretary for more than 19 years, nearly since the district was formed.

“That’s longer than any board member has served,” said board chairman Jim Nordholt.

The board expressed appreciation for her years of service taking minutes of board meetings and handling correspondence as well as other duties.

In her place, the board appointed Shelly Smola, who started work Feb. 20 as the park district’s business manager.

By way of introduction at her first board meeting, Smola, of Woodville, said she is a native of New Riegel. In her previous jobs, she said she developed a background in personnel, payroll, general financial accounting and human resources.

Most recently, she worked as a human resources specialist for the city of Sylvania and previously worked as a payroll specialist at Bowling Green State University.

Tuesday’s meeting was the first at the new office building, 3362 S. TR 151, since remodeling was completed and the staff moved in at the end of February.

During her report, Executive Director Sarah Betts said the district worked with Seneca County Habitat for Humanity to buy used office furniture, which saved money.

An open house is planned 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting at 9:15 a.m.

Betts encouraged residents to stop at the office for a tour and meet the staff.

“People have found it and have come and visited already,” she said.