At the Wednesday morning meeting of the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments, John Davoli said the justice center study and compressed natural gas study paperwork have been finalized and submitted to the state. They are awaiting the final payment for the results, which are to be used to pay the vendors associated with the project.
Also, Tiffin has received infrastructure and non-infrastructure grants associated with the Safe Routes to School Grant. Though the city didn't get the full grant for infrastructure purposes, it was given $30,000 toward non-infrastructure purposes. Infrastructure funds are to be accessible during the 2016 calendar year and non-infrastructure funds can be used next year. Some of the money is to go toward Operation Lifesaver train safety seminars as well as working with the police and fire departments on safety training.
LeanOhio Boot Camp, a program designed to help decision-makers and government leaders, is set for September. Davoli said an EMS group in Cleveland recently saw success using the program, cutting down on financial strain and condensing information to make it more easily accessible. The cost is $2,000 per person, but the state is to pay for those who apply as long as a full class size is attained.
Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller said it might be difficult to get a full class as officials wanting to take part would have a difficult time attending each session of the week-long course. Davoli said if communication remained constant, having to miss a day would not be an issue. The camp runs three weeks in September and applications must be completed by next week.
In new business, the board approved two resolutions presented by Davoli. The first was to apply for a $50,000 grant to be used for a geographic information system study. The second was to apply for a $500,000 Local Government Innovation Fund loan that has zero interest and a 10-year payment plan. Several Ohio municipalities, townships, school districts, and counties would be benefited by the loan, which could be used for virtually anything.
Zoeller asked if a payment plan would have to be contracted at the time of application, to which Davoli said it is just like opening a new credit account every time they plan to utilize the funds; even after the loan is approved, officials still would have to have the specific financial plan approved before the money is released for use.
"It's a no-lose situation for everyone involved," said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.
Applications are be discussed in the near-future, as deadlines are in early September.
Lastly, the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center is hosting the annual Opening Day Teacher Convocation at 9 a.m. Aug. 8. at The Ritz Theatre. Lt. Col. Robert "Waldo" Waldman, a professional leadership speaker and retired U.S. Air Force members, is to be the keynote speaker. Ticketholders who buy through the NCOESC are asked to meet at North Central Ohio ESC prior to the event to take advantage of a shuttle service.
The council is to meet at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17.