Multiple activities planned for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is in full swing at the Seneca County Opportunity Center through March and into April.

Self advocates Paula Bollenbacher and Lisa Kraus announced to board members Tuesday afternoon the numerous activities planned to celebrate, starting with the 11th annual craft show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday followed by a dinner at 5:30 p.m. March 21 recognizing private day habilitation and residential providers.

Something new this year is Superintendent Saturdays with Superintendent Lew Hurst at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library starting at 9:30 a.m. March 23 for those wanting to know more about self advocacy.

Next, Sgt. Keith Jesse with the Bellevue Police Auxiliary is to conduct a fire, water and community safety program 5:30-7:30 pm March 25 at the Opportunity Center. That is to be followed by the Celebrity Basketball Game starting at 7 p.m. March 26 at Seiberling Gymnasium at Heidelberg University.

March 29, the Spring Fling Dinner and Dance is to occur in the Opportunity Center gym, with dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the dance 6-9 p.m. Lastly, the 61st annual Palm Sunday Ham/Chicken Dinner is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with an Easter egg hunt starting at 1:30 p.m.

So far this month, self advocates have received recognition during visits to the Tiffin and Fostoria city council meetings. State Rep. Bill Reineke and Gov. Mike DeWine have presented proclamations noting the special month.

Bids for the roofing and HVAC project at the Opportunity Center were accepted by the Seneca County Commissioners until Feb. 28. Mike Arnold from the engineering firm was present to recommend Clouse Construction be awarded the contract for a total bid with alternates for $1.5 million. Members unanimously approved the recommendation and county commissioners may take action on the issue during their Thursday morning meeting.

Hurst alerted board members to the possibility of new litigation regarding three Re-ads clients during the last meeting. Attorney Teresa Grigsby representing the county board was present to enter into executive session for discussion of the matter. Thus far, the board has not been served with a summons. No action was to follow.

In other action, board members:

• Accepted the financial report.

• Approved the 2020-2021 program calendar.

• Approved the hiring of an additional service and support administrator.

• Created the position of a service and supports administration manager.

• Approved adjustments to wage ranges and substitute rates.

• Approved the nine month contract with the Clearwater Council of Governments effective April 1 and expiring Dec. 31.

• Approved Hurst attending the 2019 Spring Ohio Association of County Boards Conference in Columbus May 30-31.

• Approved requesting that Seneca County commissioners establish a Medicaid reserve fund for a 4-year period with the funds to be set aside for paying Medicaid services.

• Approved the ethics council review.

• Reviewed 50 board policies with 29 revisions made.

• Resolved to approve a nine month contract for the master housing maintenance contract with Northland Homes effective April 1 to Dec. 31.

The 169 board is to meet at 4:30 p.m. April 9.