Licking County Update for June 2017 from Commissioner Tim Bubb

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June 01, 2017
June 2017 Update

Summer finally! The arrival of warm weather means it is also the season for family reunions, swimming, picnics and vacations. Also, in less than three weeks we will see the longest „daylight‟ day of the year!
In this update an uplifting story as the professionals at Licking County‟s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center worked for the better part of a month to reunite an out of state family with their lost dog, who got away from them while visiting here. The Licking County Animal Control staff were true professionals.
This month we celebrate Father‟s Day on Sunday, June 18th, so let the grilling begin! Newark‟s Strawberry Festival is this Friday through Sunday. The festival/carnival will be held on East Main Street from First Street out east to the bridge.
The new Canal-Market District „Reese Pavilion‟ in downtown Newark is back in action with their twice weekly farmer‟s markets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00pm till 7:00pm. Newark Mayor Jeff Hall‟s Summer Concert Series returns this year on Monday evenings at the Canal Market Plaza. On Monday evening, June 12th at 7:00pm it will be the Full Count Jazz Band and on Monday evening, June 26th the Roscoe Transit Authority. And don‟t forget to display „the colors‟ on Tuesday, June 14th Flag Day. I wish you all a safe and enjoyable spring into summer!
In Remembrance of Those Who Died in Kirkersville - the Police Chief and Two Nursing Home Staffers
May 12, 2017 was a dark day in Licking County history. The small Village of Kirkersville was the scene of tragedy as its police chief and two women were gunned down in a cold blooded and cowardly act. The Commissioner‟s made this statement that same day…
The Licking County Commissioners and our families, and the staff of Licking County Government extend heartfelt condolences to the families in the tragic shootings in the Village of Kirkersville.
We mourn the death of Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario, and join in prayers and support for his wife and young family. We are reminded of the risks first responders face each day.
Chief Disario will be remembered for his bravery and making the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to save lives and protect his community.
We are praying for all the victims of this senseless act. Nurse Marlina Medrano and Aide Cindy Krantz of the Pine Kirk Care Center were also murder victims. We hold these victims and their families in our hearts and prayers.
At Licking County Government we have confidence in the work of the Licking County Sheriff, his staff and other law enforcement agencies.
Licking County Commissioners Tim Bubb, Duane Flowers and Rick Black

"Daniel Kinnard‟ Veteran‟s Outreach Center Dedicated
The Licking County Commissioners salute local veteran Dave Walz, the County Veterans Service Commission and the families and friends involved in today's naming of the of the Newark Veterans Outreach Center in the memory of Newark Army Veteran Daniel Kinnard. Walz, the Commander of the Licking County Chapter of the Purple Heart Veterans and himself a Viet Nam Veteran, was credited by the family with the idea of naming the facility in honor of Daniel Kinnard on May 15th.
The Daniel Kinnard Veterans Outreach Center is located on West Main Street and provides a variety of services, including medical, to our area's veterans.
On hand for the dedication ceremony were Congressman Pat Tiberi and U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who are credited with sponsoring and supporting the legislation to name this local Veterans Affairs Center in honor of this local hero, who' gave his all' protecting the wounded and serving his nation in the Viet Nam War.

Kinnard left school at the age of 17-years, with his parent's permission, to join the United States Army. He was trained as a combat medic and deployed to Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles). Medic Kinnard was already a
hero in combat when he lost is life to enemy fire in March 1968, while aiding wounded soldiers.
Kinnard's mother Catherine 'Ann' Kinnard, his brothers and numerous other family members and fellow veterans were on hand for the dedication ceremony. (photo) Family members join Congressman Pat Tiberi and U S Senator Rob Portman for the event. The Kinnard family was presented framed copies of the Congressional Dedication legislation.

The Long and Winding Road Home for Ozcar
This story begins with Diane and Mike Lovell traveling from Rome, New York, with their dog, visiting family here in Licking County. The family pet, Ozcar, did what energetic dogs sometimes do and jumped the local family‟s fence (near Cherry Valley Road) during the Easter holiday.
Unable to locate their dog, the Lovells had to return to New York. Still, Diane and Mike kept calling into the County Dog Shelter for updates on sightings of Ozkar. They made frequent trips back to Licking County searching for their dog. Everyone on our staff assisted, however we should put the spotlight on Animal Control staffers Carmen Statzer and Allegra McCort, who went above and beyond, to help get Ozcar back in the arms of his owners.
Statzer was notified of a sighting eleven days after the dog‟s escape in the Granville area. Officer Statzer set a trap, but was unable to catch the dog.
The Lovell family had a trip planned for Texas, but cancelled and returned here after a possible sighting of Ozkar in the area of Waterworks Road in Newark. Diane‟s sister-in-law lives in area and went to verify that the dog sighted was Ozkar.
This story did turn out well as the Lovell family, back in Licking County, and were reunited with their dog on Mother‟s Day. When Ozcar spotted his owner he came to her. The reunion was an emotional moment for the Diane and the County staffers.

The best part of the story the Lovells and Ozcar visited the County Shelter on May 17th and took this picture (below) with Staff working that day. Ozkar had lost 10 plus pounds during his month long adventure. As a gesture of friendship and appreciation the family made a donation of $1,000 towards the Licking County Shelter.
The County Commissioners have added their „thanks‟ to the entire Animal Control staff for their professionalism and dedication to the job!
(Photo above l to r – Officers Kris White, Tyler Moore and Carmen Statzer, Diane Lovell, Officer Larry Williams, Pound Keeper Tina Crist and Officer Bryant Stough. Front row – Ozcar and Mike Lovell)

Demolition Projects Underway Through County Land Bank
Now in its second year the Licking County Land Reutilization Corporation or Land Bank is making a difference countywide in removing derelict structures and moving lots to productive use.
In May the Land Bank, using State grant funds, removed an eyesore former gas station on Mt. Vernon Road in north Newark. The dilapidated Millennium station at Waterworks Road was bulldozed and the underground tanks removed.
In addition the Land Bank has obtained some 28 foreclosed properties in Newark, Buckeye Lake and Pataskala, and already torn down more than a dozen of them. Older neighborhoods are improved and the cleared lots can be resold as building lots or side lots to neighbors. Using federal grant funds through the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) the Land Bank hopes to remove some 60 derelict homes in the three community target area. It costs about $25-thousand to clear a home site on the tear down list. The Land Bank Board includes County Treasurer Olivia Parkinson, Licking Township Trustee Joe Hart, Newark Mayor Jeff Hall and County Commissioners Tim Bubb and Duane Flowers.

Update on Changes in Downtown Newark
This month the fourth downtown „roundabout‟ will open at the corner of North Park Place and North Second Street. And later this summer                                                                                                                                                          
the sewer separation project on North Park Place will be complete, bringing to an end the construction project on the Square itself. Other work will continue to some downtown streets. Also, in May, Jeff McInturff the owner of Apple Crate Antiques (former Riley‟s Bakery) was forced to tear down the adjacent Albert Building due to its deteriorated condition. Future plans for the West Church Street site are undetermined. The site is bounded by the historic Newark Arcade to the rear, and historic buildings to the east and west. The Albert Building was sold to McInturff by the County Land Bank with the intent of either restoration or redevelopment.

Pataskala and Grow Licking County with Positive Economic Development News
A high-tech firm is moving its headquarters to the city, bringing with it 17 existing jobs and 22 new jobs.
Pataskala, Grow Licking County and Columbus 2020 announced Thursday that TechR2, a digital data security firm with both a national and global reach, is moving its headquarters from Columbus to Pataskala. The three entities called the move a "relocation and expansion" in a press release from Grow Licking County announcing the news.
As such, TechR2 intends to move 17 jobs from Franklin County to western Licking County. The firm also intends to create 22 new jobs.
"Candidly, I look at where the economy is going now and this is the type of activity Pataskala can capitalize on," said Grow Licking
County's executive director, Nate Strum, referencing tech-based businesses such as TechR2.
TechR2 intends to move into an already-built space on Taylor Road, north of Broad Street. Pataskala City Administrator B.J. King says the company could move into the park sometime in the coming weeks. TechR2 was founded in 1997 in Columbus.
The Works' SciDome Project to Benefit STEM Learning
Rick Platt, the Chairman of the Board of The Works, recently unveiled a major new project at the Newark learning center. A $2.1 million project to build and equip a new SciDome was announced. The SciDome is a modern-day version of a planetarium, but more. The project is a joint effort of the Works and the Newark Campus of Ohio State University and COTC. An early June groundbreaking is planned. The SciDome will face South First Street and be constructed adjacent to and will be connected to The Works!
Platt said, “At The Works, I've been active in supporting this project as a STEM hub for Licking County and our region. The Port Authority is financially backing the project as well. The 60-seat dome will be able to provide a range of programming from OSU-Newark's astro physics classes to Minecraft gaming.
The dome is a platform for STEM programming for The Works that will give the historic and restored facility a whole new attraction appealing generation of kids coming into The Works today. This
unnamed generation might as well be called the Immersion Generation as they expect to not only have a mix of visuals and sounds but also want to control their environment. They want immersed in an experience.
Best Wishes to Departing Parks Director Bob Williams
Licking Parks District Director Bob Williams is leaving to accept a new challenge in Virginia. Bob‟s four years as the County Parks chief were marked with numerous achievements, including the recent approval of the five-year levy renewal. He will be the Natural Resources Division Chief for the City of Alexandria Virginia. Steve Holloway, Parks Board Chairman says, “We, as a Park District, will always be grateful for his contribution to our Parks, Paths and Trails.”

The 2nd Annual Jail Break Run/Walk - June 10th
Support the Historic County Jail Restoration‟s “Jail Break” Run-Walk Event on Saturday, June 10th
The 2nd Annual Jail Break 5K Run & 1M Family Walk returns to downtown Newark, Saturday June
10th. The course begins at the Licking County Jail (on South 3rd Street), and continues throughout the downtown landscape, returning to the historic Jail for the finish.
The Licking County Governmental Preservation Society is hosting the race as part of their ongoing awareness and fund-raising efforts in support of the Licking County Historic Jail.
The cost per runner for the 5K is $30 (or $35 on race day). Participants interested in the 1M walk pay just $10. Everyone receives a free tour of the jail, and 5K Runners also receive a free race t-shirt. Registered Walkers, or Runners that want an additional t-shirt, can purchase one for $15.
See firsthand the exciting rejuvenations occurring in downtown Newark while enjoying a run or walk in support of those very efforts at the historic jail. Please join us 8:30am (registration opens at 7:30am) Saturday morning June 10th, and be part of the fun!
To register for the Event, please visit the following link: If you have additional questions about the race, please contact Nick Adams at 740-334-7773.
The Settlers Are Back for the Summer Season
Playing in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League this is a summer „wooden bat‟ league for top college baseball players, who are considered professional prospects. Check local media and the league web site for schedule and game information.
The Settlers play a forty game schedule, with twenty home games in June and July at Don Edwards Park in south Newark. So come out this summer and support this local team!

Licking County Seniors Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Congratulations to five involved and outstanding Licking County residents who were inducted into the Licking County Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on May 10th. They included: Lucy Ann Muncy, Martha Cotton, Veronica Sforza, Janice Smith and Sondra Knerr. The induction ceremony was held at the new Middleton Senior Living complex in Granville.
Then on May 17th Sondra Knerr (left) and Veronica Sforza (right) were further honored by induction into Central Ohio Senior Hall of Fame. That ceremony took place at the Janis Center on the State Fairgrounds. The program is organized by the Central Ohio Area of Agency on Aging

Top Cop Recognition Awarded to Heath Patrolman
Licking County Prosecutor William Hayes established the Prosecutor‟s Service Award, “Top Cop of the Month.” All law enforcement officers in Licking County are eligible to receive this award. Prosecutor Hayes is committed to the support and recognition of all law enforcement officers, and the services they provide for the citizens of Licking County in these difficult times.
The recipient of the Prosecutor‟s Service Award “Top Cop of the Month” in Licking County, April 2017 is awarded to Patrolman Jason Black. Patrolman Black earned his peace officers certification in 2006. Patrolman Black is a nine year veteran with the Heath Police Department, serving in the Patrol Division. He is described as, very community minded and has sought ways to improve police and community relations.
Speaking on Behalf of the Communities and Counties
A couple of weeks ago I testified before the Ohio Senate Finance – Health and Medicaid Subcommittee on behalf of the funding needs of Ohio’s counties. The message to State Legislators is critical for our local counties and communities, and I hope you will read this message and contact your legislators as well, as they make their budget deliberation.
Good morning Chairman Hackett, Vice-Chair Tavares, and members of the Health and Medicaid Subcommittee.
My name is Tim Bubb. I am now serving in my 13th year as a Licking County Commissioner.
As a County budgeting official who is familiar with allocating scarce resources to address a variety of unmet needs and representing one of the 88 counties that are partners with the State in providing critical services, I stand before you today speaking for the abused and neglected children of Ohio who have precious few advocates for their situations. As a County Commissioner I am speaking not only for the children, who through no fault of their own, are in dire circumstances with their futures are placed in the hands of the county social services. Statewide our thin line of social
workers, kinship family relations and foster parents „everyday‟ feel like they are swimming uphill against a tidal wave of human needs that have overwhelmed our resources and ability to cope.
This presentation from the county government perspective could easily become a numbers game, which I will avoid. I will limit this to five quick sets of numbers which make the point for Licking County and by extension the other 87 counties as well.
First - Over the past four years, approximately 75-percent of the children entering our custody are directly related to the drug and mental health issues of their parents. Opiates in particular are driving more and more children into our custody. I could expand on this point, but it is not necessary. There is not a person in this room that is not aware of family, friends or co-workers who have been directly impacted by the addiction crisis in Ohio.
Second - Licking County now has the highest number of children ever in custody- 442 kids as of this month! Since January, 108 of those children came into custody due to their parents‟ drug use. These children are the „collateral‟ damage of the addiction tsunami that his hit our state.
Third - Placement costs, when kids cannot remain safely in their homes, are increasing. Those costs have exceeded $2.4 million in first quarter of 2017 just in Licking County. We cannot NOT serve these children!
Fourth – Saving these children, who in many cases are abandoned by their addicted parents, is expensive. For Licking County the costs have run as high as $400 per day for one child. Because of trauma, a growing number of kids require long-term costly services such as residential treatment.
Finally - Like other counties across the state, Licking County has stepped up. We have maintained a children services levy at 1 Mill since 1985. The current 10- year levy was replaced in 2015 and is valued at about $3.9M per year; it actually collects about $3.7M per year. It is not nearly enough!
We entered 2017 projecting that we would have a $675,000 deficit for foster care/treatment costs. We now expect this to be much higher given the huge increase of kids who have already come through our doors since January.
Licking County has seen a 32-percent cut in state support for children‟s services since state fiscal year 2008. The recession forced the State to pull away from this financial commitment to the children who have suffered from abuse and neglect, and that support has not returned. These children cannot speak for themselves. We have to advocate for them and to a much greater extent stand up for them and their futures.
As a County, Licking has supplemented the levy with county general funds. $1.45-milliion in 2014, $2.2-milliion in 2015, $2.78-million in 2016, and for 2017, we have initially budgeted $2.8-million. We will continue to do our part, but this is not sustainable. We need the state to become a fuller partner in serving abused and neglected children.
Let me conclude by saying our County‟s experience is not unique. It is a problem for the metro counties with their huge numbers, for the suburban counties who are at the vortex of the new opiate crisis, and for the poor and rural counties of Ohio they simply have little tax base and few options.
I am not naive to the challenges you all face, trying to plug the huge holes in the budget that is now in your lap and with the interesting contradiction of declining State revenue in what is a stronger economy.
Mr. Chairman and Subcommittee members, I would ask you to recognize the $30-million ask for the abused and neglected children in the counties of Ohio. I also realize that only half of that has been achieved and the remainder will be a steep climb. Your counties and the thousands of vulnerable children in our care, who are the real victims of the addiction society, are asking you to do your best. The need is to save this next generation. They are our future!
Some other items to bring to your attention…
If you are a Licking County Senior Citizen and would like to tour our Historic County Jail, you are invited to take advantage of this year‟s „Senior Tuesdays Historic Jail Tours‟. On June 13th and July 11th, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, for a cost of $2 Licking County Seniors (age 60 or over) are invited to the facility at 46 South Third Street in downtown Newark. The cost is $10 for those younger than 60-years, or not Licking County residents. No reservations are required.
A few notes from the Licking County Historical Alliance. The National Heisey Glass Museum‟s National Convention, themed „Heisey in Hollywood‟ is planned for June 14 thru 17th in Newark. And June 16th & 17th the Robbins Hunter Museum in Granville is sponsoring Granville Garden Day.
I would note the passing of a good friend William “Bill” “Mitch” Mitchell. He passed away while in Florida in late April at the age of 83-years. „Mitch‟ was a friend to Licking County and his philanthropy will be well remembered. Last summer as part of his „Benches Around Newark” he and his wife Judy placed a decorative bench for public use in front of the County Administration Building. This photo taken last September was part of an informal dedication of
the bench.
A „tip of the hat‟ to Weathervane Playhouse on Price Road in north Newark, this year celebrating their 49th Season. Previewing shows in June…they open with „Children of Eden‟ from June 1st till June 10th. Next Up is „Peter and the Starcatcher‟ from June 15th till June 24th. And, a classic by Rodgers and Hammerstein „South Pacific‟ hits the stage from June 29th till July 8th. Call 740-366-4616 or on line .
The Licking County Law Library is now housed at the Licking Main Library, 101 W. Main St., on the second floor. The county has provided two computers with access to the Lexis Nexis legal database, furniture and print collections. All print materials have been cataloged and are searchable through the Licking County Library online catalog. Materials have also been consolidated with the county library‟s reference law books. Call the reference desk for more information at 740-349-5520.
And some June higlights from The Licking Park District…
Speaker Series: Fish, Wildlife, and Pollinators
When: Thursday, June 1 @ 7:00 PM
Where: Burton D Morgan Center Auditorium, Denison University, Granville, OH
Join the Licking Park District the first Thursday evening of every other month in 2017 for fun and informative talks on a variety of natural and historical topics. In June, Lori Stevenson from the USFWS will give an overview of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program and the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative (OPHI).
National Trails Day –
Hike, Paddle, Pedal or Ride!
When: Saturday, June 3rd
June 3rd, 2017 is the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails! You can join the Licking Park District for three different opportunities to hit the trails! The Licking Park District will offer a paddle through Blackhand Gorge, a guided horseback ride at Taft Reserve, and guided hikes at Infirmary Mound Park. If biking is more your speed, the Licking County Health Department is hosting the ‘Change Gears’ event on the bike paths. Those interested in the paddle must register. Spots will be limited. Please visit our website calendar or call 740-587-2535 for more information.
Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag
When: Friday, June 9 @ 9:00 – 10:30 PM
Where: Arena area, Infirmary Mound Park,
4309 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH 43023
A twist on a summertime favorite! Build your team, devise your strategy, and capture the opposing team’s flag— in the dark! No fees or registration but must be an incoming 7–12 grader. PARENTAL RELEASE REQUIRED TO PLAY. Pick one up at the Reference Desk at the Granville Public Library. At Infirmary Mound Park in the arena area.
Backyard Series:
Butterfly Gardening 101
When: Saturday, June 10, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Where: Shelter 6, Infirmary Mound Park,
4309 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH
Join butterfly expert Christopher Kline, author of Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants and Director of Butterfly Ridge, for a program on all things butterflies. There will be a classroom and field portion. He will also have books available! Pre-registration required.
Full Moon Gathering
When: Saturday, June 10, 8:30 – 10:00 PM
Where: Kraner Nature Center, Taft Reserve, 10383 Fairview Rd, Heath, OH 43056
Join us at Taft Reserve - South as we gather by the light of the moon this month. A guided hike and a guided horseback ride will be available to those wishing to join us. You must bring your own horse; minimum rider age is 9 years. Helmet required for riders under 18. Afterwards we will have a bonfire, so come on out, make a s’more and meet some new friends! Horses gather at 8:30, Hikers at 9 pm.
2017 Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshop
When: Saturday, June 17
8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
Where: Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH
Fee: $50, lunch provided
Pre-registration Required
The Licking Park District will host our 2nd Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshop, designed for women to experience nature and outdoor
recreational activities in a fun and non-competitive environment. The workshop will feature multiple sessions from which participants can choose topics such as nature journaling, archery, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing, sensory awareness, fire making, beekeeping, birding, nature photography and more. Please sign up for the workshop online or call 740-587-2535. We will then email a registration form for you to select your session preferences and return to us. Sessions will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Register early!
So have a great start to your summer and stay safe!
Feel free to share my Update in any direction you desire, the more the merrier!
I can be e-mailed at, and my desk phone number at the Commissioner’s Office is 740-670-5118.
Best Regards! … Commissioner Tim Bubb
Tim Bubb, Commissioner