Shelton elected president of developmental disabilities board

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities members met Tuesday afternoon for their 2019 organizational meeting. Dave Shelton was chosen as president, Lindsay Parkins remains vice president and Sandy Hallett was elected secretary.

They were joined by new board member Erin Riggs. Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Jay Meyer administered the oath of office to board members.

Committee members were named to the ethics, finance, personnel and building committees while Amy Kirkpatrick was appointed to the Seneca County Opportunity Center advocacy council Shelton is to be the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Conference delegate.

Meetings remain at 4:30 p.m. On the second Tuesdays monthly at various locations.

Business manager Dick Williams introduced Michael Arnold with the engineering firm Encompass to discuss reroofing and HVAC upgrades at the Opportunity Center. The project is estimated to cost $1.47 million to replace 25-year-old material and equipment and includes installation of a new gas line, changing from electric to natural gas. Board members approved a motion for the Seneca County commissioners to advertise for bids soon. Bids should be received by the middle of February and it is hoped the project will be under contract by the first week of March, which would give contractors time to acquire materials to start the project when school is out for summer.

Superintendent Lew Hurst and department heads shared their goals for 2019. Some goals are to have more community activities, advocate for family services and conduct more children’s services. Adult Services Director Rod Biggert plans to develop a mechanism to increase community employment options and supports. Transportation Director Ron Davidson shared his department plans to meet the changing needs in transportation by assessing vehicle capacity and staffing needs. He said 1,100 scheduled trips are planned for 2019.

Hurst’s report noted the Opportunity Center has until 2024 to privatize services according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid. Day provider services have increased by 50 percent.

In other action, board members:

• Approved an ethics council report for a request to pay rent/utilities to an employee.

• Approved the 2018 annual report and the 2019 strategic plan.

• Approved the employee pick-up for portions of the statutorily required contribution to the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System for certain employees.

• Approved the superintendent’s professional development plan.

• Heard Dinner and Dialogue at the Opportunity Center is Jan. 22.

• Learned the Celebrity Basketball Game at Seiberling Gymnasium is 7 p.m. March 26.

The 169 board meets at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12.