Commissioners discuss capital project needs and sign proclamations for local figures

Tiffin, Ohio— The Seneca County Board of Commissioners discussed a list of future capital improvement projects during Thursday morning’s session.

County Administrator Stacy Wilson and County Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor John Logsdon presented the list to the commissioners.

The list, which was created about seven years ago and is updated annually, includes $15 million in estimated costs for 38 projects. The capital improvement project document also includes 39 projects for which no cost estimate is given.

The list includes approximately $5 million for capital projects at the Seneca County Jail and an additional $1 million for improvements to the RTA building in downtown Tiffin. The estimated number also includes a potential plan to move some county offices to the east tower. That idea is to be discussed further with city, county and state officials at a future business session, commissioners said Thursday.

In other cases, commissioners read two proclamations.

The first was read by Commissioner Tyler Shuff and was to recognize and congratulate 2021 Seneca County Veteran of the Year Michael Nye of Fostoria.

Nye, who served in the Vietnam War and was a member of the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972, was chosen by the Seneca County Veterans Services office for the honor.

A Veteran of the Year dinner will be held in Nye’s honor at 5 p.m. on November 10 at the AmVets in Tiffin. The proclamation is to be presented to Nye at dinner.

Commissioner Anthony Paradiso read a second proclamation thanking the late Dale Stacy for his service to Seneca County.

Stacy died on October 17 at the age of 96. He was a member of the Seneca County Board of Commissioners from 1966 to 1982. He was also a member of the Seneca County Board of Elections and was involved in the community, particularly in local agriculture.

Each of the commissioners paid tribute to Stacy, and the proclamation is due to be delivered to her family later this week.

Separately, Wilson updated General Fund spending and revenue figures through the end of October. She said expenses for the year so far totaled about $15.9 million, while revenue was about $16.6 million. For October alone, expenses were reported at around $1.7 million, while revenue was reported at around $1.1 million.

In other matters, commissioners approved an amendment to the lease agreement with the City of Tiffin for the Municipal Court on the second floor of the Seneca County Justice Center. In the original agreement, the city was to pay 25% of running costs for operations. The change, which will be enacted pending approval from Tiffin City Council, sets the city’s cost for 2021 (approximately $105,000) and 2022 (approximately $108,000) before the figure is reassessed for 2023 and at -of the. The commissioners are due to meet again for a regular session of the board on Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. The November 11 meeting is canceled on Veterans Day.

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