Board of DD prepares for May levy; county website hacked
By Randa Wagner -
The commissioners approved a request Jan. 9 from the Morrow County Board of Developmental Disabilities to request a current tax valuation for the MCDD from the County Auditor. The board of DD is seeking placement of a 1.0 mill, 5-year new tax levy on the May 7, 2013 Primary Election ballot.
The auditor must provide the valuation (the number of mills required to generate a specified amount of revenue, or the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by a specified number of mills) ten days after a taxing authority requests it.
Commissioner Tom Harden reported Jan. 14 that the county’s website (www.morrowcounty.info/) was hacked into and is completely shut down.
“There’s a lot of malware out there attacking websites, and especially the utility plants, trying to get into their software,” said Commissioner Tom Whiston. “If there’s something that’s critical to this country, it’s the ability to keep hackers from destroying our computers. The problem is, a lot of that malware is set up where if you go to the (infected) site, it will then go to your computer. The CCAO (County Commissioner’s Association) actually had the same thing happen. Do not log into their site.”
(Update 1–15/13 the Morrow County site is now under maintenance.)
The commissioners approved a request from Development Director Pat Davies for unappropriated certified monies to advertise for work to bring the courthouse into ADA compliance in the amounts of $4,009.50 for Cost Allocation and $62.50 for GIS Contract.
The courthouse is an historic building, Commissioner Dick Miller noted, and the area leading into the recorder’s and probation area are not ADA handicapped accessible. “We have to establish a way to get up those steps in case a handicapped person might want to use the offices.”
“The $106,00 for the (CDBG*) formula grant** has actually been awarded to Morrow County,” Davies explained. “We go through a process to get the funds released for this particular activity. The funds have already been released for Admin, planning and fair housing. These dollars will come out of the admin dollars to pay for the ad. The project dollars are reserved for the project.”
Davies said new federal standards require the county to address the isssue of the courthouse being ADA compliant.
In other business Jan. 9:
The commissioners approved the August, September and October 2012, Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) Committee Report as submitted by Don Wake, Director Job & Family Services. The report includes departmental tracking, statistics in monthly newsletter, safety committee report, children in custody, evaluation tracking, monthly risk review reports.
The commissioners also approved to appropriate (from unappropriated certified monies) for the Zoning Office for: Space and Service Allocation $4,563.50 and Contracts $ 250.00.
Commissioners approved a request for CHIP grant funds from Pat Davies for $4,550.00 for home repairs for properties on TR 59, Mt. Gilead and on Midland Avenue in Cardington. Also approved was a drawdown of $16,500.00 from the same fund for rental assistance of $15,000.00 and general expenses of $1,500.00. (CHIP is the Community Housing Improvement Program.)
The Board of Morrow County Commissioners approved resolution 12-R-627 on December 12, 2012, for the issuance of notes in the amount of $2,000,000 for the courthouse renovation project. Morrow County must receive a new Moody Rating for pricing of the new note, and complete a Federal Income Taxation Information Questionnaire, required by Bricker & Eckler LLP, bond counsel. Chairman Tom Whiston was authorized to sign the Federal Income Taxation Information Questionnaire.
* Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program
** A formula grant is a United States federal grant specifying a precise formula in the legislation creating the program.
In this case, the formula is:
– Place an ad for the work to be done
– wait for the seven-day comment period
– send the authorities a request for release of funds
– wait for the 15-day comment period for the state
– after 30 days the state will release the funds
– the project planning can begin with the services of an architect or civil/structural engineer
– after 30 days of planning, the documents and specifications are drawn up
– then a bid date is selected and the work is advertised for 30–60 days
– bids come in and are critiqued for compliance and cost estimates
January 14 meeting
The question of a sewer system being developed in Iberia was raised.
“We have to do a study to see if it’s required,” said Development Director Pat Davies. “The health department has identified it as an area of interest because of the many violations they’ve had come in. What we’ve done is launched a study to know what’s going on there.”
The engineering firm of Fanning Howey has commissioned an engineer to study the northern part of the county and address the issues, Davies said. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has made a request to see if it’s viable and affordable for them to hook into Johnsville’s system, because they would like to upgrade their facilities. Another area of concern is County-Line Road near State Route 19, which has been an ongoing legal issue.
“After some of the issues you’ve had with that engineering firm, why in the world would you have (that firm) back?” asked a resident.
When Davies asked for an example of ‘issues’, the resident said, “like trying to run sewage uphill, instead of putting your lift station down, having to go ahead and replumb a house because they set the lift station uphill instead of down; going under U.S. 42 with two pipes and not hooking up the houses on the north side of 42; lots of places had big expenses due to that engineering.”
“This is just the study,” Davies said, saying they hadn’t decided on the firm.
Park district by Shauck Cemetry, from U.S. 42 to Cliff Walker’s, the creek is completely plugged up with debris. Somebody needs to clean it up.
The area is located on U.S. 42 where the new bridge went in.
A resident asked about when Dollar General would start building west of Marengo on SR 229. Davies said the land must be purchased first; the lot split passed and has been signed but is being held because the land has not been purchased from the landowner.
“We had our business technical review and County Engineer Randy Bush made sure everyone understood there are no storm water regulations in Morrow County,” Davies said. “The set of plans we have back show they’re willing to address all the [matters] we highly suggested but couldn’t require. The most local authorities still believe that’s a bad location because of the water (drainage) issue. That was expressed to them as well. At this time, we’re just waiting on their process of purchasing the land.”
In the matter of annual positions on the board and committees:
Tom Whiston was elected as chairman of the Morrow County Board of Commissioners and Tom Harden was elected as vice-chairman of the board.
Tom Harden was appointed as the representative to the DKMM Solid Waste Policy Committee for 2013.
Dick Miller was appointed as the Commissioners’ representative on the 911 Committee, LEPC Committee, Homeland Security, and Emergency Management Agency for 2013.
Tom Whiston was appointed as representative to the Board of Trustees Council on Aging for 2013.
Tom Harden was appointed as the Commissioners’ representative on the Family & Children’s First Council for 2013.
Tom Harden was appointed to represent the Board of Commissioners at MCTC meetings in 2013.
Dick Miller was appointed to represent the Board of Commissioners at the Morrow County Soil and Water Conservation District meetings in 2013.
Tom Whiston was appointed to serve on the records commission for 2013.
Tom Whiston was appointed as the Commissioner’s representative to CORSA for 2013
Article IV, Section 6, of the Code of Regulations of the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio requires each member county to designate an Official Representative and Alternate (for the purpose of voting at any annual or special meeting of the Association). Only a member of the Board of County Commissioners is eligible to be designated as the Official Representative and Alternate. Tom Whiston was designated as the Official Voting Representative of Morrow County. Dick Miller is designated as the Alternate Voting Representative of Morrow County.
Regular scheduled sessions for 2013 will remain the same as 2012; at the Morrow County Commissioners Office at 80 North Walnut Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio, on Monday mornings at 9 a.m., and Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m., with the exception of a holiday occurring on a Monday or Wednesday.
Courthouse Maintenance Supervisor Mark Mathews was authorized to sign all documents and in all ways act as the Authorized Agent relative to the Public Assistance Grant Program for FEMA, to file a claim for damage done during the period of June 29 through July 2, 2012, in which blowing debris broke out a 48″ round wooden framed window in the County Courthouse.
Morrow County is a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and has been awarded funds from the State of Ohio, Department of Development. Development Director Pat Davies will provide citizens with a general overview of past CDBG programs and information about the FY 2013 Small Cities CDBG Program, including an explanation of eligible activities, possibly Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. The date will be posted in the Sentinel.
The CDBG program can fund a broad range of activities, including, but not limited to: economic development; street, water supply, drainage and sanitary improvements; demolition of unsafe structures; housing and neighborhood facilities improvements; fair housing and public services.
A motion to sell, by sealed bids, the following vehicle and items, and to post notice of sell was approved. Bids will be received by the Board of Commissioners until 10 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2013, at which time the bids will be opened and read. The Board of Commissioners reserve the right to reject or accept any or all bids. The vehicle and equipment are sold “AS IS” with no warranty, either written or implied. All items will not be released until payment is made.
Item #1: 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Truck VIN# 3B7KF26WXXM522382, mileage 144135
2 door Model: Laramie SLT 4 wheel drive, 8′ bed, blue/silver in color
V10 magnum gas engine, automatic transmission
Vehicle needs brakes, shocks, front end work, motor has a miss.
Item #2: Salt spreader– brand name : Snow Ex , 8ft super duty
“Boss” snow plow with mountings and controls.
Vehicle, snow plow and salt spreader can be viewed at Whetstone River Family Center, 406 Bank Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Contact Barry Long at 419–947-7045.
The following individuals were apponted to the Morrow County to the Morrow County Job and Family Services Planning Committee/Advisory Board, effective January 1, 2013: Helpline Sue Hanson, Director; Morrow County Board of Developmental Disabilities Nancy Foglesong, Director; Morrow County Business Owner Louie Cortez; Morrow County Family & Children First Council Kanda Benner, Coordinator; Morrow County Health Department Angela Smith, Health Commissioner; Morrow County Hospice Dave Matos, Chaplain; Morrow County Job & Family Services Sundie Brown, Assistant Director; Morrow County Job & Family Services Cathy Francis, Program Administrator; Morrow County Job & Family Services Sharla O’Keeffe, Administrator, Family & Children Services; Morrow County Job & Family Services
Don Wake, Director; Morrow County Seniors on Center Steve Crabtree, Director; Morrow County Transportation Collaborative; Tim Maceyko, Coordinator; Morrow Delaware Mental Health; Steve Hedge, Director; Northmor Local Schools Brent Winand, Superintendent; Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission; Robert Foreman, HEAP Coordinator/Morrow County Center Director.