Commissioner addresses CC Republican Women
By Sarah Einselen
The Crawford County Republican Women gathered at the Pelican House in Bucyrus to hear from from county commissioner Jenny Vermillion at the club’s monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 9. Vermillion used an informal question-and-answer format to bring club members on county business and preparations for the future.
Her first year as commissioner went by fast, she said. “It’s exactly what I thought it would be.”
“Pretty much everything’s quiet now after we’ve passed the budget,” Vermillion told the group of about 30 gathered for lunch. The county is preparing to purchase a larger facility for recycling, she said, but it will be about two years before it will be up and running.
Vermillion said the commissioners had offered to give the Keller Hall complex to the city of Galion at no cost, but hadn’t heard back from the city. “Part of the deal would be ‘no, you cannot profit off of it,’” she said, so the city couldn’t turn around and sell the building if it accepts the offer.
As for Fairview Manor, “right now we’ve got it winterized,” she said. “The deal with Avita fell through. We are talking with MRDD (the Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities) about them taking it. Right now it’s still up in the air.”
In the future, the board of commissioners is going to face cuts in local government funds received from the state, as other municipal and county offices are doing. “With the cuts that are coming in 2013,” she said, “being fiscally responsible is going to be our top priority” in 2012.
The club will meet next at noon on Monday, Feb. 13, at the Pelican House.