July 28, 2014

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Children Services ask commissioners to reduce the size of its board

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Children Services board is asking county commissioners to reduce its size after continuous struggles to have enough in attendance for a meeting.

In a letter, Chairwoman Barbara Kilgore asked the commissioners to reduce its membership to nine members. Currently, there are 10 board members. The board’s vice chair, David Hintz, announced his resignation Jan. 22 after scheduling conflicts prevented him from attending meetings.

Hintz, who works as a podiatrist, has missed 24 meetings since April 2010. He said it is hard to make 4 p.m. meetings monthly.

“It is with deep regret that I must resign from the board effective immediately. It is apparent that my schedule will not allow me the latitude I had when I was first on the board,” Hintz wrote. “This does no justice for the agency. I still support Children Services 100 percent and would like to serve in a capacity that would permit me to continue to work with the agency in some way.”

Despite Kilgore’s request to change the board’s size so it can more easily have a quorum, Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo said commissioners are considering other options, including putting Lorain County Children Services under the direction of Ohio Job and Family Services or the commissioners.

Changing meeting times also has been discussed.

“I never do anything with a knee-jerk reaction,” Kalo said, adding that a decision has not been made.

Commissioner Tom Williams said there needs to be “a lot of changes” within the board. He said he has recommended changing the board’s structure and appointing people with budget experience and in the child-care field.

“The big change that I see needs to be made is that you need to have individuals who are engaged,” he said.

Since April 2010, the board has called off 10 of its monthly meetings after fewer than six board members showed up. From July to November 2011, no meetings were held because of a lack of quorum.

Williams said one person has expressed interest in taking Hintz’s place on the board, but commissioners are waiting to determine how the board will operate in the future before considering a replacement.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.