Seneca County Regional Planning Director Jill Griffin spoke about funding available to Seneca County during the commissioners' during their meeting Thursday morning.
"This year the county will receive $128,000 from the Revolving Loan Fund, which is up from $102,000 from last year," Griffin said.
The money is available through Community Development Block Grant funds.
Griffin said the county can allocate four activities under this program.
Board President Ben Nutter said the board would have to evaluate how it could spend or award the money.
Commissioners agreed they would like to take a percentage of the money.
During a Seneca County Commissioners meeting Thursday morning, the board:
Approved a supplemental appropriation for the ambulance service fund of $30,000 for 2012.
Approved a bill voucher.
Approved a fund advance repayment of $50,000 from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Fund to the General Fund.
Approved a fund advance repayment of $3,000 from the Community Development Block Grant Fund to the General Fund.
Approved a supplemental appropriation of $7.41 to the Enterprise Zone Fund.
Approved a supplemental appropriation of $4.99 to the Revolving Loan Fund.
Approved a supplemental appropriation of $2,000 to the Title Administration Fund for travel.
A supplemental appropriation of $30,000 to the General Fund for equipment.
A supplemental appropriation of $300,000 to the Guardrail Upgrade Fund.
An appropriation adjustment of $223 within the CDBG Program Fund for advertising.
An appropriation adjustment of $4.40 to the E-911 Fund for worker's compensation.
An appropriation adjustment of $20,404.38 within the General Fund for contract services.
Approved an appropriation adjustment of $3,000 within the General Fund for supplies.
Approved an appropriation adjustment of $0.04 within the Community Corrections Fund.
Approved an appropriation adjustment of $1,810 within the Citizen Corp Grant Fund.
Approved a supplemental appropriation of $11,380.50 for the EMA Fund.
Approved a supplemental appropriation of $10,177.80 for the Homeland Security Grant Fund.
Approved a supplemental appropriation of $37,497.12 for the Homeland Security Fund.
Approved a supplemental appropriation of $15,000 for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Fund.
Approved a supplemental appropriation of $1,000 for the Citizen Corp Program Grant Fund.
Approved a resolution setting time, date and place to hold a hearing for the proposed obstruction removal for Wolf Creek.
Approved a resolution authorizing a contract service agreement with Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center for GED Instruction Services for Seneca County Jail Inmates.
Accepted a bid from Shafferly Excavating Inc. for obstruction removal at the Seneca County
"I don't think it would be right to take it all," Sauber said.
Griffin said the board has until June to decide.
In another matter, commissioners agreed they would like to keep the old Fifth Third Bank lobby on Court Street open for retail. The bank has relocated to a new building at West Market and Hopewell
streets and only has an ATM in the old lobby. The building is owned by the county.
Commissioners said that it can be used for any type of retail, not just for another bank.
"There is also a little space there, that if something fell through with the courts, that it could be used for those purposes," Commissioner Jeff Wagner said.
Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District program administrator Tia Rice talked about using an education grant for development of the open courthouse area.
The grant is called the WILD School Site Grant.
"Things aren't going to change what developers in the area are doing," Rice said.
She said they could put in a "butterfly bush" and try to bring in hummingbirds or similar types of wildlife.
Calvert teachers and students would be involved with the planting, Rice said.
"It would be an outdoor lab for city schools," she said. "The deadline for the grant would be May 31."
Commissioners said they would want to make sure it blended with future projects.
"We will ask landscapers' opinions at our Tuesday meeting," Wagner said.
Nutter said this type of lab could complement future landscaping work.
Two bids were received for construction work is to be performed on multiple county roads.
The engineer's estimate for the project is $1,000,242.31.
The first bid was from Gerken Paving Inc. at $1,076,408.13. The second bid received was from M and B Asphalt of Old Fort for $971,071.50.
The bids will remain in the county commissioners office for evaluation and recommendation.
In other business, Tiffin City Councilman Jim Roberts paid a visit to commissioners to invite them to the yearly Memorial Day Parade.