County to install security cameras at museum

Seneca County commissioners Thursday approved a $26,000 project to place security cameras at the Seneca County Museum.

The cost of the project counts as matching funds for a $25,000 grant the museum received in March 2018 from the state capital budget to make improvements to the museum.

The commissioners took the action after Administrator Stacy Wilson said she discovered the cameras would count as matching funds. The commissioners previously had discussed the need for security at the museum.

The state money is to be used for work on the Carriage House on the museum grounds.

Wilson also said the museum received a $6,390 donation from the Barnes-Deinzer Historical

Foundation to continue work on upgrading windows at the museum and a $10,186 grant from the

Tiffin Community Foundation for additional work on the Carriage House.

Also regarding the museum, Wilson said the county’s contract with the museum is up for renewal July 19. According to the contract, she said the Seneca County Historical Society and the Barnes-Deinzer foundation each contribute $4,000 to museum funding, and the commissioners provide salaries, utilities and other operating funds.

Commissioner Mike Kerschner said the society is looking to use its in-kind volunteer hours as its portion of the contract, and he said the commissioners will be discussing details with them.

Kerschner said there also is a need for the museum building’s electrical system and air conditioning systems to be updated.

In another security matter, the commissioners discussed cameras and fobs for the Public Safety Building which houses the county’s EMS and emergency operations center at the Seneca County Fairgrounds as recommended by Ken Majors and John Spahr.

Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors said the department requested a threat assessment last summer, and one of the findings was the need for increased security for sensitive equipment and data in the building.

“We’re trying to be compliant without going over the top,” he said. “This does meet those criteria.”

Cameras are estimated to cost $20,202 and key fobs $13,462.

Regarding a county building study now underway, Kerschner said he “would hate to put in $50,000 and decide six months from now we should move.”

However, Majors said it would be probably five years before the agencies would move to a new building, and the equipment likely could be re-used.

If the commissioners approve the funding, it will help meet the criteria of the assessment.

About $10,000 was set aside for the project, the rest would need to be appropriated to the Capital

Improvements budget line.

The matter is to be placed on the agenda for the commissioners’ meeting at 10 a.m. May 23.