Airport, sheriff's cruisers, grant funds among topics discussed by commissioners

Common pleas court is asking to purchase a couple vehicles for the probation department because its vehicles are getting old and money is available.
Scott Seitz2
Nov 5, 2012


Huron County buildings were spared for the most part the wrath of Hurricane Sandy last week.

"We had a couple water leaks, but nothing major," County Commissioner Larry Silcox said. "We also had a window blown out at the antique mall in the uptown at the corner of Linwood and Main."

As 2012 winds down, the commissioners are taking care of a lot of end-of-year business.

"Normal bookkeeping," Silcox said. "Traditionally, office holders will do a lot of transfers at the end of the year to get things balanced. We're starting to see that."

The commissioners were dealing with a number of farm leases involving county property last week.

"There's property at the airport and on Shady Lane and at the transfer station," Silcox said. "There was one piece at the airport where there were no bidders across from Ohio 601, but that wasn't a surprise because there is no culvert or access. We're working on a culvert there."

In other business, Silcox said Lorain County had about $200,000 in extra Community Development Block Grant funds and some of that could come to the county.

"We're working on a couple projects, waiting to see if they qualify," Silcox said.

"One of the projects is in the city of Bellevue near property the library owns," he said. "There are three buildings they want to tear down and this money might be able to fund two.

"There is a also a re-hab house in Willard that needs sold by the end of the year," Silcox said. "We're working on getting that done."

Other projects are on the county agenda, including upgrading the DOS-based heating system at the county jail.

"That could cost about $27,500 and it may be in the budget for next year," Silcox said. "It doesn't have to be done right away and we're trying to get it for a little cheaper than that."

The commissioners also held an investment meeting with Treasurer Kathleen Schaffer.

Silcox said the investment board is considering working with an investment counselor, who deals with public money.

A few other things are on the horizon.

"Common pleas court wants to purchase a couple vehicles for the probation department because their vehicles are getting old and they have the money," Silcox said.

"And we also sent a letter to the sheriff asking about cars for next year so we can budget for that," he said.

"We're getting ready to finalize the interim budget," Silcox said. "But we haven't got the final figures from the auditor yet."



The fattest pigs in Huron County want more to eat. No surprise.


LOL I agree with you luvblues2


Having been to the airport this weekend and having seen the work being done to remove the trees, I must question how the current county commissioners feel that the work being done in any way comes close to what the FAA grants THEY turned down would have accomplished.

There are stumps sticking up 18 -24 inches above the ground where the trees have been cut down. The stumps need to be removed. There is a row of trees still to be cut down in the area of the flight approach. There is a tree still standing directly in line with the runway on the west end. About halfway down the runway on both sides are more trees that need removed and the ditch tiled and covered for safety. The runway itself needs to be resealed completely and several drainage issues need to be addressed. The areas the trees and stumps are removed from then needs to be graded to allow the areas to be mowed so the trees do not grow back again.

These are things that are needed that the grants would have payed for WITHOUT ANY COUNTY FUNDS being used.

The county commissioners refused to sign the grants for two years which amounted to nearly $1,000,000 that would have been contracted to local companies and would have accomplished the work needed. Those funds would have been circulating in the local economy at this time. With those additional dollars flowing through the local economy, there would be additional taxes collected on many exchanges of those monies.

How, then, can Silcox and Bauer claim to have saved the county funds by bringing in an outside company and employing workers from outside the county. With the trees being removed and made into saleable products, there is no known income for the airport.


Time to replace Sicox and Bauer for this and many other questionable decisions over the years they have been in office.


Drop it already, would ya?! Good lord! Your constant whining is getting very old!
If you don't like it, get out there and do it yourself! All the neo-cons are all about saving $$ and get gov't. out of our business! Well, here is the perfect opportunity to show how much $$ can be saved by teamwork and elbow grease!
Those that back/utilize the airstrip, get out there and do the work on it, think outside the box for raising funds! Just STOP whining and wanting us/gov't. to shell out $$ to take care of your hobby.....We are tired of hearing it!


You support the old way? Then you are NOT revolutionary.
It isn't about "saving money" as you put it, it is about preserving needed infrastructures to support the local economy.
I have nothing against the race track it adds funds to the local economy but the airport supports local businesses year round.