Fire found in laundry room at care center in Flat Rock
Crews were summoned to a fire in a laundry room at Flat Rock Care Center, 7353 N. CR 29, Saturday evening.
A fire alarm was activated, and it was a working fire in a laundry room, according to Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.
Bellevue Fire Department and North Central EMS were dispatched at 6:10 p.m.
Board to intervene on wind project Seneca County Board of Commissioners approved its General Fund and most of its non-General Fund budget for 2019 Tuesday morning. Certified revenue by the budget commission for next year is $17.8 million, while budgeted expenses are to be about $17.41 million. County Administrator Stacy Wilson was working to finalize some figures with Seneca County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, but the figure is not likely to drastically change. Commissioners agreed to approve the budget as long as the finalized numbers are close to the same. The budget includes three-percent raises for employees but does not include any increase in funding to economic development partners. The county still could agree to fund increases for Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and Fostoria Economic Development Corp., but no decision has been made. T-SEP is funded at about $17,000 and FEDC is funded at about $8,750 for next year. Both could be in line for more funding, but discussions are to continue before decisions are made. The non-General Fund budget also was approved, except for the Capital Improvement Fund line. Commissioners had a one-hour budget hearing regarding capital projects Tuesday. At the one-hour mark of the hearing, the board had to stop the hearing to start the regular meeting. A continued capital projects hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, so more potential projects can be discussed. Some of the projects being considered include work in the County Services Building, the RTA building, within the county’s fleet of vehicles and at the county museum. One project to be funded next year through the Capital Projects Fund is the purchase of new voting machines, on the heels of a mandate from the state secretary of state’s office. The price of the machines is unknown, but the county has put aside $500,000 for the purchase. The state also is to contribute about $640,000 for the machines. The machines also come with a roughly $60,000 annual maintenance fee. The capital fund has about $259,000 available for some of the proposed projects. Commissioners were pleased because the budget was approved a month earlier than it typically is. In other business, the board agreed to intervene as a neutral party in the Ohio Power Siting Board application process related to the Seneca Wind Project. The board also intervened as a neutral party in the process for the Republic Wind Project. “We welcome Seneca County’s engagement on this important project,” Dan Williamson, a spokesman for Seneca Wind, said following the meeting. In other action, the board discussed the possibility of establishing electric vehicle charging stations and potential uses for a $50,000 grant from Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca Solid Waste District. Commissioners also agreed to move forward with temporary fixes to two boilers in the courthouse annex. Next year, the boilers are to be replaced and thus be more efficient. The cost is about $70,000 for the replacement and the changes are to be included in the Capital Improvement Fund line. In new business, the board approved: • A $1,000 supplemental appropriation on behalf of the sheriff’s office for planning and for training. A request for a $114 supplemental appropriation was not approved and likely is to be reintroduced next week. • Authorizing a contract amendment with Patchworks House on behalf of the county’s department of job and family services. • Contracts with the Crawford County commissioners, Huron County commissioners and Wyandot County commissioners for the receipt, custody and care of juveniles on behalf of the county youth center for 2019. • Approval of critical infrastructure projects in Republic and Fostoria via Community Development Block Grant set aside funds. Also, a resolution approving the administrative funds/fair housing amounts related to the Republic project. • Approval of the use of program income funds as the required 10-percent match for critical infrastructure projects in Republic for CDBG set aside funds.
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