ACDD Explores Security Upgrades

NEW BREMEN — Clients being transferred through the Auglaize County Department of Developmental Disabilities will soon be receiving cameras in their transportation vehicles.

Superintendent Al Willis noted Transportation Superintendent Barack Wells will be presenting further on the addition of cameras on the school buses at the board’s November meeting, but Willis said he met with Barack, along with representatives from the bus company Peterman, a few months ago to start talks.

“I asked that we have some GPS monitoring and cameras on the buses,” Willis said. “I know they normally put GPS on all their buses, but TV and monitoring equipment, which would be directly supervised by Peterman and myself as an administrator or whoever I would so designate to supervise that.”

He noted a number of county boards are going to camera systems for security aspects.

“It gives us extra monitoring, it’s a closed system,” Willis said, adding they do not have an installation date at this time.

Willis also complimented the board on its efforts and those of the Ohio Association of County Boards.

“The Ohio Association of County Boards received a certification for a renewal of the Standards of Excellence for five years,” he said. “There’s only two or three in the state of Ohio that fall into that category for excellent nonprofit organization.”

He noted a ceremony was held at the Capitol building in Columbus.

“There were some other organizations that were recognized,” Willis said.

He also noted the OACB dues that were coming up, which haven’t changed in seven years.

“The services provided in that seven years have doubled, the staffing has doubled on that,” Willis said.

He also reminded board members the rededication ceremony of the Auglaize County Courthouse and an open house will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“If you can make it, it’s an amazing building, something to be very proud of,” Willis said, noting the upgrades to the building.

He also noted a change in the employees’ certification program. The employees can now undergo their certification in-house, and Willis said they believed there should be no charge for the employees to renew their certification because it would be a service to their employees.

In other business, board members:

• Heard the directors’ reports.

• Approved the August vouchers.

• Approved the review of 46 Family Support Services contracts.

• Motioned to enter into a contract with Auglaize Industries.

• Motioned to appoint Willis as a delegate to the OACB Annual Convention Delegate Assembly.

The next meeting of the Auglaize County Board of Developmental Disabilities will be at 7:15 p.m. Oct.  8 at the ABC Center in New Bremen.