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Commissioners learn about Alzheimer’s Walk, SAFEbuilt launches Seneca County office




Seneca County Commissioner's Office

Tiffin, Ohio — Ohio Living’s Linda Guiterrez, who serves as the Business Development Liaison, addressed the Seneca County Commissioners on Thursday regarding the upcoming Tiffin Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Guiterrez, a committee member for the event, expressed the goal of surpassing last year’s fundraising efforts. She sought to raise awareness about the event and gather information on engaging appropriate government leaders for various initiatives, such as the placement of purple ribbons in downtown Tiffin.

The Tiffin Regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for September 30th at the Heminger Center, located on the campus of Tiffin University at 350 Miami St. Check-in will commence at 9 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony and walk at 10 a.m. Guiterrez sought the commissioners’ support for the cause, and they directed her to their office staff for further inquiries as the committee continues preparations.

In another development, Robert Kurtz, Chief Building Official for SAFEbuilt, provided an update to the commissioners regarding the company’s assumption of responsibility for commercial permitting and inspections in Seneca County. The transition from the Richland County Building Department is set to commence officially on June 1st.

Kurtz emphasized that his team will be more responsive, expediting necessary processes for commercial businesses. He stated their commitment to enhancing services, ensuring a maximum 10-day turnaround for plan reviews. The office now predominantly operates online, with physical staffing available on Tuesdays. Contact information will be posted on the door for those visiting on other days.

To access forms and relevant information, individuals can refer to this link.

During the session, the commissioners also rescinded the county’s Memorandum of Understanding with Old Fort Local School District pertaining to a School Resource Officer (SRO) provided by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner Bill Frankart noted that the school district had successfully secured an SRO without assistance from the sheriff’s office.

In new business, the commissioners approved:

  • A $5,000 supplemental appropriation to the Ambulance Service Fund for HSA contribution.
  • A $25,000 supplemental appropriation to the County Capital Projects Fund for the County Services Building.
  • A resolution granting an extension for the Republic Town Hall and Opera House 2022 Façade Enhancement Project.
  • Signing the FY 2024-2026 DYS Subsidy Reclaim Grant Application on behalf of the Commissioners and the Seneca County Juvenile Court.
  • Granting the vacation of an unnamed alley located in the hamlet of Caroline in Venice Township.
  • Appointing members to the Revolving Loan Fund Committee for three-year terms retroactive to Jan. 1, 2022.
  • A master sales agreement with Timekeeping Systems for Guard One Tracking System on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Rescinding the Memorandum of Understanding for the Old Fort Local School District School Resource Officer on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Authorizing the disposal of unneeded, obsolete or unfit county-owned property.

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