Commissioners invest in future, put away cash in “rainy-day” fund
Board also hears an update on the county museum and receives information about a fundraiser for veterans
[Tiffin, OH Oct. 2, 2018] – Seneca County commissioners invested $125,000 in the Budget Stabilization Fund Tuesday morning to protect against future economic trouble.
The money is part of a quarterly investment in the county’s Budget Stabilization Fund, or “rainy-day fund.”
The board created the fund in April. Commissioner Mike Kerschner said at the time that creating the fund was a good plan because of the uncertainty of the future strength of the economy.
“We can do the opposite of what other government entities do,” Kerschner said. “Instead of spending our grandchildren’s money, we can put it in a savings account.” The fund currently has $375,000.
Commissioners also heard a director’s report from Seneca County Museum Director Tonia Hoffert.
Hoffert said this year through September the museum had about 1,292 visitors.
For more information on the museum, visit the organization’s Facebook page.
In other business, Republic Sons of the American Legion Commander Mike Schreiner, invited the commissioners and the community to a December event to raise money for Seneca County veterans.
The second-annual Salute our Veterans event is Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Park Ballroom in Bascom. Country-music act Clark Manson is to headline the concert.
Schreiner said proceeds will be donated to county veteran assistance agencies. Presale tickets are $25, with tickets sold the day of the show for $30. Tickets are available at The Viaduct Bar and Grille, Simply Susan’s, Sauced and Sauber’s Stumble Inn. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.salutetoourveterans.com.
Schreiner said last year’s event raised about $8,500 for veterans.
Also during the meeting, County Administrator Stacy Wilson said the Seneca County Justice Center cupola will be lit up red for about two weeks to honor national fallen firefighters week (Sept. 30-Oct. 6) and fire prevention week (Oct. 7-13).
In other action, the board approved funding for additional security measures for doors at Seneca County Justice Center, in the annex portion of the building. The cost was $2,904.
During appropriations, the board approved all resolutions from the pre-meeting release in addition to the following:
* A $1,073.26 supplemental appropriation to the County Sewer District Fund for salaries and benefits.
* A $19,717.05 supplemental appropriation to the County Sewer District Fund for contract services.
* A $472.80 supplemental appropriation to the County Sewer District Fund for salaries and benefits.
* A $17,000 appropriation adjustment within the County Sewer District Fund for contract services.
* A $354.60 supplemental appropriation to the County Sewer District Fund for salaries and benefits.
* A $ 3,314.26 supplemental appropriation to the Bascom Sewer District Fund.
* The approval of a $500,000 grant to for the PIVOT drug court.
* Accepting a $66,237 bid from Great Lakes Demolition Company for a clearing and road removal project at the county airport.