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Panel bids farewell to president

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities met Tuesday afternoon at the Opportunity Center and recognized Board President Patty Smith who is term-limited after serving for 14 years. Opportunity Center Superintendent Lew Hurst presented Smith with a gift for her service, that ends Jan. 31, which contained a picture of Smith with her sister Rosie who had been served by the center.

“She’s my whole reason for being here,” Smith said.

Consumer and Supports Advocacy Director Marta Mohr reported a $5,000 grant has been received from the B.A. Seitz Foundation for the ACT — Advocates Coming Together –Council. The grant is to provide sensory furniture for the classrooms and participating in virtual reality plus two adaptive swings for the park area.

Hurst noted the donation of adaptive toys from Calvert’s volleyball team and the student support at the Arrow basketball game in Old Fort Monday evening, stating there were more students attending that game than the regular basketball game.

Members approved a contract with Corporate Compass Training and Development for 2019 not to exceed $5,000 after Hurst commented that Dr. Kitty Brandal has been a great resource training the younger staff and helping future leaders, offering potential to grow. She teaches conflict resolution to staff members, also.

Hurst informed board members that the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has scheduled the Opportunity Center accreditation review visit for April 18-20.

Business manager Dick Williams said the Fostoria Re-ads sheltered workshop has a new phone system installed for $5,100 and he thanked the community for its continued support of their programs.

Board members participated in an in-service following the meeting.

In other action, board members:

• Accepted the financial report.

• Renewed 12 supported living contracts.

• Approved the payment for the Ohio Association of County Boards annual dues.

• Approved the 2019 budget appropriations.

• Approved the leave conversion for employees of the Opportunity Center.

• Resolved to approve a three-month extension of the contract with the Clearwater Council of Government expiring March 31, 2019.

• Retiree Shirley Michalak was recognized for 19 years as a bus driver and various substitute positions.

The 169 board is to meet at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

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