Seneca County Park District board approves improvements

Seneca County Park District board approved an electric upgrade at Steyer Nature Preserve during its meeting Tuesday.

The board approved the $11,000 capital improvement project to coincide with improvement of the park water system, which was previously approved. Betts said the improvements will allow more buildings to be used in the future.

Betts said board member Bill McAllister reviewed the Strategic Planning Committee’s goal-planning process now that the public input sessions and online survey results have been compiled by the consultants for the countywide comprehensive plan.

She said the Strategic Planning Committee is meeting March 27 to review goals, expand objectives and begin prioritization.

Also Tuesday, the board revoked a 2014 resolution that originally set up an endowment fund for the park district. McAllister said the endowment fund now is under the auspices of Tiffin Community Foundation, and the park district will follow the foundation’s procedures for fund requests and disbursements. Betts said the former resolution no longer had a purpose.

The board approved a resolution creating a third permanent fund for the park district for accounting and transparency purposes as requested by the county auditor. Betts said the fund separates levy funds from non-levy funds. The park district formerly had two funds — park district fund and preschool fund.

In her report, Betts said Natural Resources Manager Troy Gibson is using GPS units to map trails for future park development. Anyone interested in assisting with infield mapping should call him at (419) 447-8091.

She said Program Director Linda Rose is considering offering an adult summer camp. She said the county’s first Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist class is nearing the end of classwork. Following completion of the class, volunteers are to complete 40 hours of volunteer service and advanced education within the first year to become certified in the program.