Commissioners to recognize National Preparedness Month

Seneca County commissioners are to meet for a work session at 9:30 a.m. today followed by a regular meeting at 10 a.m.

County EMA Coordinator Adam Ingram is on the agenda for the work session to discuss National Preparedness Month, which is recognized each September. Ingram is to discuss the importance of preparing for emergencies and learning important skills that can be useful in times of a disaster.

This year’s campaign motto is, “Disasters happen. Prepare now. Learn how.”

A proclamation that recognizes September as preparedness month is to be read. For more information, visit www.ready.gov/september.

In the regular meeting, commissioners are to discuss a Seneca County Museum event set for 11 a.m. Thursday. The event is to feature the dedication of a new Ohio Historical Marker on the front lawn of the museum.

The marker was obtained through a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which was applied for by the Seneca County Historical Society. The marker explains the history of Rezin Shawhan (Tiffin’s first millionaire) and his home on Clay Street, which now hosts the museum.

In other business, Seneca Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlene Watkins is to discuss applications received for Historic Preservation Trust Fund projects. The fund was created after the county, and several others, received $50,000 because a house with historical significance was destroyed during construction of the Rover Pipeline.

The county must use the funds to protect or preserve a historical site. It could also be used for historical education. About $25,000 of that funding pool still is available.

During appropriations, the commissions are to consider:

* A $152 supplemental appropriation to the County Sewer District Fund for travel.

* A $6,465.20 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund. The request is from County Clerk of Courts Jean Eckelberry. The money would fund wage increases for employees.

* A $5,804.06 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund and a fund transfer in the same amount from the General Fund to the Note Retirement Fund.

* A $5,302.03 appropriation adjustment within the General Fund, moving unused funds budgeted for the Court of Appeals to pay for other legal expenses.

* A $30,291.40 supplemental appropriation to the Maintenance and Repair Fund on behalf of the county engineer.

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