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Commissioners approve funds for Attica fair, discuss upcoming local events

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Tiffin, Ohio — The Seneca County Board of Commissioners approved a $3,300 request from the Attica Independent Fair during a session Thursday morning.

County Administrator Stacy Wilson said the board had received the request from fair officials who cited the COVID-19 pandemic as one reason that led to reduced revenue.

The county is required by the state to provide $1,600 to the fair, with the additional money requested to help offset costs.

The commissioners unanimously agreed to honor the request, noting also that $1,700 of the request may be paid with federal American Rescue Plan money. The county was allocated about $10.7 million through the ARP program. The funding must be used within certain guidelines to assist communities in rebounding from the global health crisis. This year’s fair in Attica is scheduled for Aug. 10-14. In related news, the Seneca County Fair runs from July 26 – Aug. 1.

Also during the meeting, Commissioner Tyler Shuff shared his excitement about several upcoming events, including Friday’s Launch Fostoria Business Contest and the Seneca County Brewery Tour planned for Aug. 14.

Shuff said four finalists are competing for an $18,000 prize package during the competition’s final live event on Friday. The public is encouraged to attend at 6:30 p.m. at the green space in downtown Fostoria. Participants can pay $5 to vote on who they believe the winner should be.

The four finalists are Wavy Baby Clothing, Tiny Steps Childcare, Expressions Dance Center and Beyond Laser Creations.

In other business, the board also heard from Bettsville Mayor Scott Harrison Thursday.

Harrison conveyed concerns over recent flooding in the Bettsville area caused by torrential rainfall. Commissioner Anthony Paradiso said the board plans to further research the issue by speaking with local experts through the Seneca Conservation District.

Seneca County Emergency Management Agency Director John Spahr joined the call via Zoom to inform Harrison and the community that flood cleanup kits are available for free at the EMA office inside the Public Safety Building, 126 Hopewell Ave.

Spahr said those interested in the kits can pick them up or call to arrange a drop off, (419) 447-0266. Also, the commissioners received one bid for improvements at the CROSSWAEH facility. The bid, from Telemond Construction, of Sandusky, was for $226,917. There were also seven optional alternatives included with the bid, totaling an additional more than $200,000.

In other action, the commissioners heard from Mike Dittoe, of High Bridge Consulting, and confirmed his attendance during an Aug. 10 meeting with townships from across the county. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the permissible uses of funding received by townships through the American Rescue Plan.

During new business, the commissioners approved:

  • A $916.31 supplemental appropriation to the Wolf Creek Ditch Project Fund.
  • Appointing Jaime Wolfe as Loss Control Coordinator of the county.
  • Appointing members to the Community Corrections Board.
  • Accepting the bid and entering into a contract with Kwest Group, of Perrysburg, for the airport taxiway drainage improvement project on behalf of the county airport. The company’s bid for the project was $650,614.80. The project is to be fully funded by a grant through the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Authorizing the fiscal year 2021 FAA Airport Improvement Program grant application.

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