Tri County wants to continue operating TLC


Mortgage, alleged mismanagement present hurdles to plan

The Tri County Community Action Commission hopes to continue operating Transportation Logan County without interruption, but they first must convince the agency that funds the service it can overcome its past problems and effectively manage the program.

“I don’t see any reason not to make a pitch, but there is a very big hurdle to get over,” Logan County Commissioner and Tri County board member John Bayliss said before the seven board members at the Thursday meeting voted unanimously to try to continue to operate the transportation service.

The board must request a temporary extension by the end of the month and act quickly to seek long-term funding to avoid interruption of the transportation service.

In the past two years, Tri County — a social services agency that operates in Champaign, Logan and Shelby counties — has experienced serious financial problems and alleged mismanagement of funds that culminated in mass layoffs and placing former director Denise Birt on unpaid administrative leave earlier this year.

Tri County lost grant funding through the Ohio Development Services Agency for the Home Weatherization Assistance Program about a year ago. That was followed late last year by loss of funding for the Home Energy Assistance Program. Oversight of those programs was turned over to the Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison and Union Counties.



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