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August 10, 2020
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Association News
CCAO release summer edition of County Leader
Bubb featured on NACo call on the Coronavirus pandemic and need for federal funding
Recording and slides available from 'The Impact of the Ohio Department of Health Travel Advisory on Counties'

CCC/EAPA to host virtual regional training meeting in August
CCAO issues request for counties to share CARES Act spending plans with CCAO policy team
IN MEMORIAM – William Recker, former Hancock County Commissioner
Ready for a little adventure?


State News
DeWine releases new Public Health Advisory System map; 11 counties are Red Level 3
- ODH to issue health order required students to wear masks at school


Federal/NACo News
Counties await further federal coronavirus relief as negotiations in Washington stall
Census deadline moved up one month to Sept. 30
NACo encourages county leaders to take action today to support direct and flexible funding for counties


Education and Grants
NACo to offer webinar on How Counties are Investing CARES Act Dollars in Social Safety Net Services
Recording and slides from OBM July 22 CARES Act Funds webinar now available
Registration open for Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Virtual Conference
SWACO accepting applications for Community Waste Reduction Grant


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Dates

Print Version
CCAO release summer edition of County Leader

CCAO last week released the summer edition of County Leader, CCAO’s quarterly e-magazine.

In this issue, you’ll find articles on the issues affecting counties, including Counties Use Federal CARES Act Funds to Boost Small Business Economic Recovery; Ohio SOS Calls for Poll Workers on Election Day; Finding Ways to Communicate During the COVID-19 Crisis; PCSAO Calls for Support for Family First Act; Counting During COVID: A US Census Update; The Challenges of Voting in a Pandemic; Voice of County Leadership: Kevin Boyce, Franklin County Commissioner; and more.

Click here to read full issue.


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Bubb featured on NACo call on the Coronavirus pandemic and need for federal funding

Tim Bubb, CCAO 1st VP and Licking County commissioner, last week joined the National Association of Counties media call to discuss the dire need for federal funding for counties in the next relief package. He shared the pandemic has created a 5% hole in the county’s general fund budget.

“I was honored to represent Ohio and the mid-sized counties of the U.S. in a NACo National Media call on Wednesday. I had the opportunity to localize and reinforce the need for continued pandemic relief for local governments as we remain under stress while providing essential services during a pandemic that will last into 2021,” Bubb said. “The counties on the call asking Congress and the president for flexibility and limited revenue replacement ability in the additional pandemic relief being negotiated, basically cutting the strings and red tape to allow this relief funding to be used in communities as needed."

Click here to read the Newark Advocate's story on the call.


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Recording and slides available from 'The Impact of the Ohio Department of Health Travel Advisory on Counties'

The recording and slides from CCAO webinar titled “The Impact of the Ohio Department of Health Travel Advisory on Counties” are now available on CCAO’s website. The recording can be found here. The slides from the presentation can be found here. Thank you to Marc A. Fishel, Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP, for presenting on this topic.

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CCC/EAPA to host virtual regional training meeting in August

CCC/EAPA will host Commissioners’ and Engineers’ Administrative staff from across Ohio for a virtual Regional Training Meeting on Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Discussion topics include COVID-19, Bonding Elected Officials, Vacation of Roads requested by County Engineer, Processes for paying County Bills and more. Staff members from CCAO and the County Engineers Association of Ohio will also provide updates.

RSVP by Thursday August 13, 2020 to Emily Bradford at BradfordE@mcohio.org. Click here to review the agenda.


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CCAO issues request for counties to share CARES Act spending plans with CCAO policy team

With CARES Act funds being distributed to local governments across the state, counties have a number of options for how they may utilize their funds. As your county decides how to spend its CARES Act funds, please share your ideas with the CCAO policy team. Your ideas can serve as valuable examples to other counties considering different funding options. Please send any resolutions or spending plans to Jon Honeck at jhoneck@ccao.org.

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IN MEMORIAM – William Recker, former Hancock County Commissioner

William "Bill" Recker, former Hancock County commissioners, passed away on Aug. 2.

He served on the board from 1985-1997. In that span of time, he watched over the construction of the Hancock County Justice Center as well as the Jobs & Family Services Center. He was also there to see the historic church behind the courthouse transition from the sheriff's office to the Probate & Juvenile Courts. He was on board to see the County Road 99 Connector Road put in place providing direct access from Findlay Tall Timbers Industrial Park to Interstate 75. And he was part of the Board of Commissioners that enrolled Hancock County in the National Flood Insurance Program.

CCAO extends our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Click here to read his full obituary. 


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Ready for a little adventure?
(Submitted by Empower Retirement)

Mark your calendar for National Retirement Security Month. If you think of saving for retirement as something to cross off your to-do list, you’re missing out. It’s actually more like an adventure, and during National Retirement Security Month, October 2020, you can embark on an exciting journey where you can:
  • Explore how activities like ongoing asset allocation and regular contribution increases can help you improve your retirement readiness.
  • Discover all that your employer-sponsored retirement plan offers to help you reach your goals — like a wide range of investment options, online planning tools and one-on-one support.
  • Track your progress toward achieving the retirement income you want.
  • Share the excitement by designating a beneficiary or updating your choice.
Whether you haven’t yet enrolled or are a long-time participant, National Retirement Security Month is a great time to blaze a new trail to a more adventurous future. You don’t need a pith helmet or sunscreen — and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Just visit www.ccao457.com for more information to begin the adventure of a lifetime!

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DeWine releases new Public Health Advisory System map; 11 counties are Red Level 3

The new Public Health Advisory System map was released today. This week, 11 counties are Red Level 3: Allen, Cuyahoga, Erie, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Lucas, Marion, Medina, Mercer (new) and Montgomery.

Three counties moved from Red Level 3 to Orange Level 2: Hamilton, Henry and Lawrence.

Seven counties moved from Yellow Level 1 to Orange Level 2 this week (Logan, Muskingum, Pike, Richland, Stark, Wayne and Williams) while ten counties moved from Orange Level 2 to Yellow Level 1 (Athens, Carroll, Columbiana, Geauga, Holmes, Jackson, Madison, Meigs, Tuscarawas, Union).

The state’s Public Health Advisory System website now includes an interactive map detailing indicators in each county, which you can find here. A county by county list of indicators for the week can be found here. A chart of case rates by county can be found here.


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ODH to issue health order required students to wear masks at school

Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will issue a health order requiring that K-12 children wear face coverings while at school. The new mandate comes after the Ohio Children's Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics Ohio Chapter issued a joint letter recommending widespread use of masks in schools with the following exceptions: 
  1. Children under the age of 2 years old
  2. Any child unable to remove the face covering without assistance
  3. A child with a significant behavioral/psychological issue undergoing treatment that is exacerbated specifically by the use of a facial covering (e.g. severe anxiety or a tactile aversion)
  4. A child living with severe autism or with extreme developmental delay who may become agitated or anxious wearing a mask
  5. A child with a facial deformity that causes airway obstruction
"Without a vaccine, we are limited in the ways that we can protect the people of Ohio," DeWine said. "For schools to have a fighting chance to stay open this fall, widespread face coverings for K-12 students will increase the odds that kids will go to school and stay in school." 

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Counties await further federal coronavirus relief as negotiations in Washington stall

Negotiations over another round of federal coronavirus relief stalled this week, with Congressional Democrats and the White House unable to agree on the size of the next round of federal aid. With little hope for an agreement in sight, executive action is expected.
 
The U.S. House had earlier this year passed the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion spending measure providing assistance to schools and state and local governments, extending federal unemployment insurance supplemental payments, and other relief.
 
Senate Republicans recently introduced the HEALS Act, a collection of bills aimed at providing assistance, totaling around $1 trillion in new federal spending.
 
House Democrats and White House had been meeting for much of the week attempting to find agreement on a total cost for the relief package. As of Friday afternoon, no agreement had been reached. The White House has stated that if an agreement was not reached by the end of the week, the president would utilize executive orders to circumvent Congress and enact jobless benefits and an eviction moratorium unilaterally, although these orders may face legal challenges.
 
Counties have been closely following negotiations in the hope that a deal can be reached to provide further support for state and local governments. In particular, counties are looking for greater flexibility in the usage of existing CARES Act dollars and additional federal funds for revenue replacement. Without further assistance, be it through federal legislation or executive action, local governments will continue to be hard pressed to maintain vital services with weakened revenue streams.
 
CCAO will continue to follow developments in Washington, along with our federal partner NACo, and how this may impact decisions at the statehouse.


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Census deadline moved up one month to Sept. 30

The U.S. Census Bureau on Monday announced all counting efforts for the 2020 census will now end on Sept. 30. Census counting efforts had been originally slated to conclude by July 31. However, due to the onset of COVID-19, the Census Bureau extended counting activities to run through Oct. 31. The change shortens the amount of time available to receive census responses. The full statement from Census Bureau regarding the change can be access here.

Ohio’s self-response rate to the 2020 Census currently stands at 67.5 percent, slightly ahead of the national average of 63.2 percent. The remaining time before collection efforts end will be dedicated to non-response households and those populations which are more difficult to reach. The U.S. Census is responsible for determining how hundreds of billions of federal funds are directed across a wide array of federal programs. Visit 2020census.gov to complete the census today.


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NACo encourages county leaders to take action today to support direct and flexible funding for counties

As negotiations with the U.S. House, Senate and White House continue, it is critical to take action to support direct and flexible funding for counties of all sizes. Today, NACo held a national membership call to share the latest information about a potential next package, its timing and how to take action.

ACCESS THE CALL RECORDING
TAKE ACTION ON SOCIAL MEDIA
CONTACT YOUR U.S. SENATORS
CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE


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NACo to offer webinar on How Counties are Investing CARES Act Dollars in Social Safety Net Services

Join NACo on Aug. 19 for a webinar to hear from county leaders about how their CRF plans are working towards supporting individuals most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each year, counties invest $58 billion in federal, state and local dollars on human services while serving as the frontline social safety net. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, counties are investing in critical public assistance services and programs to better support our residents and communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the authorization of the Coronavirus Relief Fund under the CARES Act, many counties are using these dollars towards child care support, nutrition assistance and services to older Americans.

Click here to register.


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Recording and slides from OBM July 22 CARES Act Funds webinar now available

The recording and slides from the OBM CARES Act Funds webinar held on July 22 are now available. The recording is available here and the slides are available here. Questions can be directed to the Ohio Grants Partnership at grants@obm.ohio.gov.

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SWACO accepting applications for Community Waste Reduction Grant

SWACO is now accepting applications for the Community Waste Reduction Grant (CWRG) Program for projects occurring in 2021.

The CWRG is a program that is open to all governmental entities such as parks, cities, townships and villages, and other public sectors. Other eligible organizations include primary and secondary schools, school districts, universities and colleges, and non-profit organizations.  

The program is designed to provide funding to assist with establishing programs, projects, and services that address the unique waste reduction and recycling needs in central Ohio. Projects should emphasize partnership building and collaboration, and address opportunities to leverage the waste stream for community and economic benefit. 

SWACO invites you to:
  • Watch their online video series produced with some of our previous grant recipients to learn about some of the exciting projects that have been developed!
  • Share this notification with anyone that you feel would be interested in applying.
SWACO strongly strongly encourage interested applicants to contact them to discuss project ideas prior to submitting applications. Contact the grants administrator or call 614-801-5100.

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Registration open for Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Virtual Conference

Registration is now open Ohio Sea Grant’s Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Virtual Conference on Sept. 2.

The virtual conference will highlight current scientific knowledge related to algal blooms. Research and outreach leaders will present findings from recent studies and identify important areas of uncertainty.

Expected audience includes academic researchers, state and federal agencies and the agricultural community interested in the latest algal bloom science and technology, with an expected audience largely from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Members of the academic research community, state and federal agencies and the agricultural community are especially encouraged to attend.

Research and outreach leaders will present findings from recent studies and identify important areas of uncertainty. Specific topics will include:

  • Collaborations and partnerships critical for improving water quality
  • Understanding lag times and soil phosphorus dynamics
  • The latest in edge-of-field research and best management practices

Click here for more information and to register.

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County News

Richland County commissioners OK $611,989 in CARES Act funds for recorder's office
Richland Source, Aug. 4, 2020
Richland County commissioners on Tuesday approved using $611,989 in federal CARES Act funds to digitize property records in the recorder's office, some dating back to the early 19th century.

The work, requested by Recorder Sarah Davis, would be done by Kofile, a company that helps maintain and preserve governmental public records.

The expenditure was approved unanimously by commissioners Marilyn John, Darrell Banks and Tony Vero.

Washington County commissioner volunteers for vaccine trial
Herald-Standard, Aug. 4, 2020
As a lad, Larry Maggi volunteered for the Marine Corps.

In the spirit of “We did it before, and we can do it again,” he signed up a few weeks ago for another stint, not in the military, but as part of a vaccine trial.

Maggi, 69, a Washington County commissioner, will be heading to Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday to receive a shot – known as an “intramuscular injection.”

Ashtabula County works to update comprehensive plan
Star Beacon, Aug. 6, 2020
In the coming year, Ashtabula County officials plan to update a 17-year-old comprehensive plan.

The county’s comprehensive plan covers numerous aspects of life in the area, including housing choices, land use, parks and economic development, said Jake Brand, assistant director of the Community Services and Planning Department, who has been working on the planning process.

“The plan is the large range, long term visioning process to steer county development that officials and the public want to go in,” Brand said.

In June, the commissioners approved a request for proposals for an updated comprehensive plan. On Tuesday, they voted to award a contract for the work to Columbus-based Planning Next.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court extends halt on jury trials, citing recent surge in coronavirus cases
Cleveland.com, Aug. 3, 2020
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court’s judges on Monday voted to extend into a temporary halt to jury trials into September due Ohio’s second surge in positive coronavirus cases.

A majority of the court’s 34 judges spoke with County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley, Public Defender Mark Stanton, as well as representatives from the Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyer’s Association and medical professions, and chose not to move forward with the court’s plan to begin holding jury trials again on Aug. 10.

Bench trials, in which a judge hears the evidence and renders a verdict in place of a jury trial, can proceed.

Hamilton County officials work to reduce racial disparities in overdoses, access to treatment
WCPO.com, Aug. 6, 2020
People with substance use disorders are showing doctors how to improve treatment options in an effort to slow overdose rates in minority communities.

In 2017 and 2018, Black men had the highest overdose death rates in Ohio when compared to other sex/race groups, according to Ohio Department of Health data.

Rob Goeller, harm reduction coordinator at Caracole, said there are a lot of misconceptions about drug use in the Black community — like the myth that Black people don’t inject drugs.

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Dates to Remember

AUGUST 14, 2020    
CCC/EAPA COMMISSIONERS’ AND ENGINEERS’ ADMINISTRATIVE REGIONAL TRAINING (VIRTUAL)


AUGUST 21, 2020    
CORSA BOARD MEETING (VIRTUAL)
 
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Did You Know? - Carroll County

Carroll County lies upon an ancient trail known as the Great Trail, connecting the forks of the Ohio with Lake Erie and the inland plains.
 
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