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Welcome to the second issue of SRPC’s electronic newsletter, Working the Plan. We created this digital newsletter to keep you updated on the latest developments at the Seneca Regional Planning Commission (SRPC), and significant regional news related to the issues SRPC addresses.

We have more news to share than we can include in this issue. Please browse www.senecarpc.org regularly for information about planning initiatives, publications, and meetings. Remember we have a very open office allowing you to visit and discuss ideas and potential planning opportunities. Visitors are always welcome at SRPC. Please pass along this e-newsletter to your contacts so they can sign up for it here.

Comprehensive Planning Survey is Ready

Seneca County, the cities of Tiffin and Fostoria and the Seneca County Park District have joined together to create a comprehensive Community Plan. The plan is a 20-year road map to guide Seneca County’s future growth. This document will support the coordinated development of the County. It considers broad issues like land-use policies and economic development, while also covering specific community concerns relating to affordable housing availability, agricultural and historical preservation and transportation mobility, to name a few.

Throughout the creation of the plan, all community members are encouraged to participate and share their concerns. One way to do this is to participate in the Community Survey via the link provided below. The survey is an important part of the development of the plan and is a convenient way to gather the perspectives of a wide range of people from across the county. It should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete. It has four sections each covering different topics: Seneca County general, the City of Tiffin, the City of Fostoria and the Seneca County Park District. Feel free to answer all four, or only the subjects most relevant to you. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Click here: Community Survey for Seneca County, Tiffin, Fostoria and County Park District

Or, copy and paste the following link: https://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1S09jh1TXIv2J5H


Planning How to Use CDBG Funds for the 2019 Application

It’s hard to believe that Seneca Regional Planning Commission is getting ready to start the CDBG Application Process for Fiscal Year 2019. This is your time to start discussing with your local non-profits, township trustees, village council members, city council members (and engineer), and county commissioners about a potential project to submit to Seneca Regional Planning Commission. Contact Jennifer Porter at 419-443-7936 ext 1139 or Charlene Watkins at 419-443-7936 ext 1123 for a list of eligible project ideas. Please make sure to review with your fire department and EMS regarding safety equipment that is needed as this will be a priority for the grant. If they are hesitant about the assistance, please have them contact the Clinton Township Fire Chief Fred Bishop so he can explain how it worked for their fire department and the equipment we helped them receive.

We are NOT formally accepting applications at this time for the Fiscal Year 2019 CDBG Grant. We are in the planning stage and I want to make sure that all of you are starting to think of projects that you could potentially submit to Seneca Regional Planning Commission when the applications become available.

Remember our staff is here to help you through the process and work with you to develop your potential project.


Issue 1, Round 32 -2018 Seneca County Township Road Program.

Asphalt pavingThis program is funding in part by Ohio Public Works Commission through their State Capital Improvement Program/Local Transportation Improvement Program, and in part by the participating Townships through a cooperative agreement with the County.
M& B Asphalt was awarded the bid in the amount of $1,067,926.81 and the work was begun on July 22, 2018, with a completion date of October 15, 2018. This project includes:
Adam’s Township, TR 78 from TR 148 North 5,325 feet to CR 32
Big Springs Township, TR 56 from US R 23 East 5,312 feet to TR 25
Bloom Township, TR 171 0.5-mile South of CR 6 North 7,250 feet to CR 12
Clinton Township, TR 1147 (Shamrock) Full length of the road of 250 feet including 75’ Diameter Cul-de-sac equal to 4,418 feet
Clinton Township, TR 1176 (Tecumseh Trail) Full length of the road (SR 231 2,580 feet to SR 231)
Eden Township, TR 17 from TR 28 North 3,525 feet to CR 6
Hopewell Township, TR 111 from CR48 North 5,355 feet to TR 132
Jackson Township, TR 33 from US R 23 East 4,120 feet to TR 63
Liberty Township , TR 72 from Norfolk Southern Railroad North 3,045 feet to Log Pt. 1.929.
Liberty Township, TR 152, from TR 69 East 2,660 feet to CR 11
Loudon Township, TR 66 from CR 18 North 5,280 feet to TR 112
Pleasant Township, TR 72 from CR 61 South 3,040 feet to Log Pt 1929
Pleasant Township, TR 166 from CR 15 East 5,810 feet to TR 75
Scipio Township, TR 122 from TR 175 East 5,280 feet to SR 19
Seneca Township, TR 26 from CR 47 East 4,780 ft to SR 53
Thompson Township, TR 178 from CR 29 East 5,735 feet to SR 269
Venice Township, TR 185 from TR 58 North 6,230 feet to CR 12
The townships have already begun preparation for the next round of funding. The application for the Issue 1 Round 33 is due in September of this year.