GETTING PREPARED … Village Administrator Donna Dettling explains to Council that a separate special fund must be set up for the receipt of OneOhio Opioid Settlement money that is being distributed to local governments. (PHOTO BY AMY WENDT, STAFF)
By: Amy Wendt
In the short regular meeting of the Archbold Village Council held on Monday, November 21, 2022, council discussed the future receipt of funds from the OneOhio Opioid Settlement to local governments.
Council approved Resolution 2022-070 to establish a new Special Fund 214 for Drug Use Prevention and Create Revenue and Expense Accounts and declaring an emergency.
Village Administrator, Donna Dettling, explained that the purpose of establishing this new account is to create a separate space as directed by the State of Ohio to hold OneOhio funds received by the village and to also track any expenses since those funds are restricted.
According to the State of Ohio “OneOhio Recovery Foundation” website, “OneOhio provides a mechanism for the distribution of any opioid settlement funds and outlines how the funds can be used. Specifically:
- 30% of the funding will be set aside for community recovery, money that will go directly to every township, village, city and county in Ohio – more than 2,000 in all – to address the immediate needs of residents.
- 55% will be set aside for the creation of a statewide foundation that will develop and oversee the funding of short-term and long-term planning that local communities need to continue to address this crisis.
- 15% will go to the state of Ohio, to be used to leverage statewide buying power to offer prevention, treatment and recovery support services.”
According to Dettling, “there is a lot of (OneOhio) money out there that’s being distributed, so we want to make sure we’ve got everything set up if we do start getting money. We have no idea how much or when we’ll get it. It’s still something to be sorted out.”
Also approved during the meeting:
- Council minutes from November 7, 2022 meeting;
- Bills and Payroll in the amount of $965,632.04;
- Resolution 2022-69 authorizing the execution of the annual amendment to the Indigent Defense Services Contract between Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the Village of Archbold, declaring an emergency which Dettling added is an annual “housekeeping item;”
The council also accepted for review the committee and board minutes from:
11-7-2022 Street Committee, 11-7-2022 Police & Fire Committee, and 11-14-2022 Utility Committees which included proposed 2023 budgets for the Street Department, Police & Fire Departments, and the Utility Department.
Dettling clarified “It’s all proposed budgets where each of the committees reviewed those proposed budgets, so really there’s not anything that’s come before you tonight, except that we did have a Finance Committee meeting earlier and pulled all the budgets together for a formal recommendation to present the appropriations for 2023 on the next Agenda for the 5th of December.”
Prior to adjourning, councilor Karla Ball added that she wanted to mention an email received from a resident on Wilson Street.
The resident was “concerned because the traffic pattern change with the light at the intersection” is causing backup on Wilson Street at the Defiance Street intersection.
Ball advised that she passed the email along to Village Engineer Dexter Krueger and Dettling.
There was a short discussion among council as to whether or not a sign would be helpful. Dettling said that the matter will be discussed at a staff meeting with Krueger.
With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:45 pm and the next council meeting will be on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 5:30 pm.
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