Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities members received a preview of the agency’s new website during their Thursday virtual meeting.
John Silfies, West Central Ohio Network community relations coordinator, demonstrated the new site that will be rolled out next week at the same web address, www.logancbdd.org.
Silfies has been working with Superintendent Saul Bauer and the LCBDD management team for the last several months to create a more modern and user-friendly website. A few finishing touches will take place, and then the transition from the old site to the new site will be completed.
The WCON employee is working several counties in the region to design and create updated websites, and Logan County is the first to complete their site. Some of the information created by LCBDD will be used as a template for other counties.
Superintendent Bauer expressed his gratitude to Silfies and the management team for their dedication in finalizing the website, and also extended appreciation to Mike Hall, who designed and maintained our website for the past decade.
“Mr. Hall did a wonderful job and we appreciate his hard work and support over the years,” he said.
The superintendent also informed the board that the agency’ annual flower sale was very successful, with more than $5,000 donated to the Come Play at the Lake project to build an accessible playground on Fox Island with the ILDC
“We were very concerned how things would go this year because of the COVID 19 pandemic. We were very pleased that our sales were about the same as the past years and appreciate the continued support of the community,” Bauer said.
Becky Robison was recognized for being the chairperson for this fundraiser. Also honored were: the drive thru team of Connie Hall, Deb Shotts, Melissa Trout McKee, Lori Elliott, Lisa Davidson, Lori Barber Jen Schreiner and Vicki Smith; and unloading trucks and flower organization team of Dave Tyler, Gary Morris, Sandy Bowsher and Mike Orahood.
In other board business, Superintendent Bauer explained that the facility is still closed to the public. Buildings will remain closed through the end of June while employees continue to provide services remotely.
If an in-person meeting or screening is needed, it is scheduled when the least amount of people are in the building and the required safety protocol must be followed. Other safety protocol requires all employees to: wear a cloth face covering, abide by physical distancing protocol, take their temperature daily and record it, wash hands properly and regularly, disinfect work areas, assure all individuals are wearing masks and following mitigation measures when in the office or while on board sponsored activities, know how the virus spreads and follow mitigation measures.
Any visitors entering the buildings will be required to wear a mask.
Bauer has been working with the management team to develop a Return to Work plan, relating that the planning process must include protections for many of the vulnerable citizens in Logan County.
“The people we serve are the most vulnerable and need to be protected,” he said. “We also cover a broad spectrum of services so to ensure we provide the best care possible we will be following the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Association of County Boards recommendations and guidelines.”
In financial business, the board ended April at 33 percent through the calendar year with the general fund at 26.4 percent utilization and the Community Support Fund is 73.6 percent utilized.
Revenues are 47 percent collected while the Community Support Fund is 38.8 percent collected. Year-to-date expenses in the general fund are 2 percent higher than this time last year and the revenue general fund is about 1 percent higher than this time last year.
In final business, the board approved the purchase of a home near Indian Lake that will be managed by Residential Administrators, utilizing funds acquired in the recent sale of two homes located in Bellefontaine. This will provide needed housing for clients who want to reside near Indian Lake.
The finance committee will meet at noon Friday, July 31, in the board office conference room. The next board meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the board office conference room. These meetings are open to the public.
If Ohio is still under a state of emergency order, these meetings will take place virtually. Details on how to attend will be published in the local media and can be obtained by contacting the board office.