Wilson updates commissioners on county finances

County Administrator Stacy Wilson gave a financial update to the Seneca County commissioners Thursday.

Wilson said about 26 percent of property taxes and about 30 percent of expected revenue has been collected for 2019, including $113,000 of tax payments from the Rover Pipeline project. She said the Rover amount was higher than expected.

Wilson also said about 45 percent of expenses had been paid, which is typical because many large payments are due at the beginning of the year. The amount available to appropriate from the General Fund is about $1.7 million, she said.

Wilson asked the commissioners to look at the capital improvements budget to consider moving funds for upcoming projects. A resolution is to come before the commissioners next week for an allocation of $75,000 for the first few projects including new locks at the Seneca County Jail and Youth Center and for upgrades to the electrical system at the RTA Building.

The capital budget has about $2 million of projects to be prioritized for the year.

In financial business, the commissioners approved:

A contract with R&I Construction Inc. for a CR 38 Bridge Replacement Project. R&I, of Tiffin, submitted a bid of $548,317.60 for the project last week.

• An agreement with Seneca County General Health District for 2019 nursing services on behalf of Seneca County Youth Center.

• A $7,509.10 supplemental appropriation to the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison Grant Fund for common pleas court.

• A $540,000 supplemental appropriation to the Maintenance and Repair Fund for contract projects for the engineer’s office.

• A $1,510 supplemental appropriation to the Clerk of Courts Title Admin Fund for equipment.

• A $30,000 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund for contract services.

Wilson said open house dates have been set at the Carnegie Library building, 108 Jefferson St., for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 25 and 9-11 a.m. April 27. The building is to be auctioned at 10:30 a.m. May 14. Appointments to see the building also can be made by calling Re/Max realty at (419) 443-7653.In other business, the commissioners:

• Announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony to take place at 1 p.m. May 22 at the Justice Center for the county’s fiber communications project.

• Approved the use of an employee “dishonesty and faithful performance of duty policy” instead of individual surety bonds for officers, employees and appointees who are otherwise required to be bonded. The policy may be adopted due to the passage of House Bill 291, which was signed into law Dec. 20, 2018, and became effective March 20.

• Renewed a contract that provides victim advocacy services to the city of Tiffin. They have contracting authority for the Seneca County Victims Assistance Program, which provides the services to the city.

• Agreed to take part in Demand Jobs Week May 6-10 at the request of Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center staff.

During public comment, Ben Nutter of Sunny Farms landfill said his new title is director of community relations. He said landfill improvements continue as scheduled, and some improvements could cause temporary odor issues during drilling and other operations. Anyone who would like to be added to the notification email list to be warned about possible increased odor should email Nutter at bnutter@thplp.com.

Also during public comment, Fostoria resident Nate Heiser expressed his support for Seneca County to create a solid waste district separate from Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Joint Solid Waste District.

The commissioners’ next meeting is at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Pleasant Township House, 850 E. TR 15, Old Fort.