Commissioners to hear from agencies, honor students

In Tony Paradiso’s first meeting as a Seneca County commissioner, the board is to hear from Columbian High School students who excelled at state Science Day in Columbus. Jorie Fawcett, Corbin Hite and Jocelyn Hardina were recognized for exceptional science projects at the state competition and were invited to the meeting to discuss what they worked on.

he commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Friday at their office, 111 Madison St., rescheduled from their usual Thursday meeting.

In addition, they will hear from Kelly Beckett of First Step, a Fostoria agency which provides shelter, advocacy and counseling to victims of domestic violence.

They also are to hear from Mircea Handru, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, who is to discuss a Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison grant. According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s website, the purpose of the grant is to provide funds to local communities to effectively supervise, provide treatment services and hold accountable low-level, non-violent offenders in the community. The county participated in the grant program in 2018 and 2019 and the commissioners must decide if they want to continue the program for 2020 and 2021. The county would be eligible to receive $270,088 over the two-year grant period.

In other action, the commissioners are expected to receive a request to purchase a new truck to be used by Weights and Measures personnel.

They are to consider:

• A supplemental appropriation of $5,000 to the General Fund for out-of-county travel.

• A supplemental appropriation of $250,000 to the Transfers Out line to be used by the Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services for children services expenses. DJFS personnel made the funding request last month to combat rising costs.

• A contract with Cornerstone Historical Building Restoration for window repair at the Carriage House at the county museum. The program is grant funded.

• Setting time, date and place to accept bids to lease farmland in Hopewell Township.

• Authorizing annual assessments upon benefitted landowners for maintenance work performed by Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District Ditch Maintenance Department.

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