Board recognizes individuals

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities met Tuesday afternoon at the Opportunity Center. Superintendent Lew Hurst recognized several attendees at the meeting.

First, he introduced Cathy Faber on the occasion of her retirement after 31 years, serving as job coach and training coordinator for those individuals involved in community employment.

“She will be greatly missed,” Hurst said. “She’s been such an asset to our program.”

In response, Faber said, “I’ve met so many people. The job was a learning experience and it’s the hardest job I ever left. I truly love the work and it was a wonderful experience.”

Adult Services Director Rod Biggert followed up, saying, “You have done a great job for the people we serve and have been an incredible face for the program working with employers and the community at large. You have been the best at making connections and forming relationships, and I hope we can continue to piggyback on those relationships you have forged. You were the base for community employment for this board and you did a wonderful job.”

In conjunction with the recognition, Hurst proclaimed October to be National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

He next proclaimed October also to be Down Syndrome Awareness Month and introduced Lori Lutes to share her story. Lutes has been employed at Autumnwood Care Center in the laundry department for 20 years. She has a good relationship with residents of the facility and was accompanied for the recognition by her mother Mary Ann Walton, stepfather Terry Walton and residential provider Andi Klima.

Several upcoming events were noted. Hoot in the Park runs 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Opportunity Park. Face painting, fun and games are planned for kids 10 years and younger. Grandparents’ Day is Friday and the fall craft show is Oct. 27.

In other action, board members:

• Accepted the financial report.

• Approved the purchase of hams and turkeys for employees for the Christmas holiday.

• Approved the proposed employee health, dental and vision insurance plan.

• Appropriated $20,000 to the Family Support Services fund.

• Appropriated an additional $5,000 to the Early Childhood Center for contract services.

• Approved an employee wellness program for 2019.

• Approved Hurst attending the annual Together for Choice conference Oct. 17-20 in Chicago.

• Approved Hurst attending the Ohio Association of County Boards in Columbus Nov. 28-30.

• Discussed board member training.

The 169 board meets at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13.