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Rescued Fostoria dog named Seneca County ‘Dog of the Year’ by commissioners

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Tiffin, Ohio — The Seneca County Board of Commissioners recognized a local rescue dog and its owners on Thursday morning with a proclamation naming the dog “Seneca County Dog of the Year.”

Buddy, a lovable rescue dog, was found living in a pipe at a grain elevator in Fostoria in poor health and covered in sores from ticks. He was rescued by Seneca County Dog Warden Kelly Marker and adopted by Marquita and Jerry Smith.

Despite his initial shyness and mistrust of people, Buddy quickly adapted to his new home and became a beloved member of the Smith family. His story serves as a testament to the resilience and love of animals.

In the signed proclamation, the commissioners recognize the importance of the work of the Seneca County Dog Warden and animal rescue shelters. “We were inspired by Buddy’s story and are proud to name him Seneca County Dog of the Year,” the proclamation states.

Buddy was nominated to compete in the 2023 America’s Favorite Pet Contest.

In other business, County Administrator Jaime Wolfe announced that the county had decided to hire Don Ballah as the county’s new EMS Director. He is expected to start the position next month.

Ballah served as the Executive Vice President of North Central EMS, out of Milan, from 1986-2018. He also was a flight paramedic for St. Vincent Mercy Life Flight from 2000-2015, and a paramedic for Lorain Community Hospital from 1985-1986.

Wolfe said Ballah comes with “a great deal of knowledge” of emergency medical services.

Also during the session, Doug Smith, of Blue Streak Project Management, delivered remarks. Smith, originally of Thompson Township in Seneca County, said he now works out of Columbus. He said his company offers no-cost construction project management services for public entities, available through a cooperative program with the state of Ohio.

Construction management services could then be offered for a set fee based on construction dollars. The commissioners asked Smith for more information and will look over and consider what the company is offering.

In new business, the commissioners approved:

  • An $8,000 and a $600 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund for Sheriff leases.
  • An 48,036.54 supplemental appropriation to the General Fund for the Auditor’s Office Licenses/Services.
  • A $3,000 supplemental appropriation to the Auditor’s Office for contract services.
  • A $230,000 supplemental appropriation to the Ambulance Services Fund for an ambulance replacement.
  • A $7,118.50 supplemental appropriation to the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison Grant Fund for contract services.
  • A $1,089 supplemental appropriation to the General Special Projects Fund for contract services.
  • A $4,200 supplemental appropriation to the Wireless 911 Fund for software license/services.
  • A resolution establishing the 2023 Seneca County Façade Enhancement Program Guidelines, effective Feb. 1, 2023.
  • Reappointing Greg Edinger and Tyler Shuff to the Great Lakes Communication Action Partnership Board for 2023.

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