By Marvin Jones
President and CEO
The decision to postpone for one year the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act for some businesses should have little impact in Ross County and around the state and nation. In fact, it provides the estimated 10,000 businesses across the nation which would have been subject to the requirement another 12 months to make decisions on meeting the requirements.
The U.S. Department of Treasury announced July 2 that businesses with 50 or more employees would not have to provide health insurance to their employees starting Jan. 1 or face a potential $2,000 fine per employee. The department gives those businesses until Jan. 1, 2015 to come into compliance. For businesses with fewer than 50 employees, there is no requirement to provide insurance to employees.
The 10,000 estimate is for businesses that currently do not offer insurance. The postponement came at the request of businesses that felt the reporting itself was too complex with not enough guidance. Treasury is expected in the next year to simplify the requirements and the reporting process.
The decision does not postpone the requirement that all individuals have health insurance come Jan. 1. The marketplaces, or exchanges, for individuals and small businesses to shop for and purchase plans will open on schedule on Oct. 1.
Many individuals will be eligible for a subsidy when deciding on a plan for themselves and/or their families, based on their expected income in 2014. To decide if you might be eligible and to learn of the potential subsidy, click here to go to a calculator provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation. More links are available for individuals and small businesses concerning the Affordable Care Act at all times on our website at www.chillicotheohio.com.
Mary Jane’s Bakery on the north side and Gourmet Grounds on the south side of Paint Street both will be closing their doors shortly. Julie Widen of Mary Jane’s said she will be closing at the end of this week in the O’Dell/Warner Building while no date was available for Gourmet Grounds where “For lease” signs are in the windows. A church headed by B.J. Dailey is going in the bakery spot. Widen says she plans to continue selling cookies.
The main office of LCNB on West Main Street downtown is the site for next Wednesday’s Business After Business from 5-7 p.m. JoRo’s Catering will be providing the appetizers while Classic Brands and Pepsi will take care of the beverages. As always, door prizes will be given away. Click here to let us know you plan to be there.
All of the proceeds from the second annual Leader in Me Golf Outing go to the initiative that will be entering its fourth year in Chillicothe City Schools in the fall. The outing on Monday morning, Aug. 12 at the Jaycees Public Course is a great way to have some fun with your friends and make an investment in the FranklinCovey initiative that is instilling in all students in grades K-8 in the district the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” If you can’t plan consider providing a door prize, an item for the welcome package or sponsor your sign on a green or tee. Any other investments will go straight toward the initiative. It’s $260 per team and $125 for a tee/green sponsorship. Click here to register to play or to make another investment.
The Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio is now in operation, thanks to a $126,000 grant from the Community Commitment Fund of Fluor-B&W Portsmouth. “We will be marketing the assets of the four counties (Ross, Pike, Jackson and Scioto) as one economic region to create jobs and new wealth,” said Chris Manegold, the CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio based in Ross County.
The governing board of JEDISO consists of the four principal economic developers in each county and another person from each county. Representing Ross in addition to Manegold is Bill Beatty, the chair of EDASO and the chamber’s representative on that organization’s board.
More details about the new organization will be available at next Wednesday’s INsider OUTlook Breakfast of EDASO at the Chillicothe Country Club. Also speaking will be former state Sen. John Carey of Wellston, now the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents that oversees all universities in the state. Dr. Tom Worley of the OSU South Centers will talk about new programs there.
There is no cost to attend, but reservations must be made by Monday by calling the chamber at 702-2722 or emailing email@example.com.
The number of filings for foreclosures with the Ross County Clerk of Courts fell 10.3 percent in the first half of this year, compared to last year. Across the state, filings fell by 7.4 percent. In Ross County, there were 177 filings compared to 194 a year ago. Compared to 2009 at the height of the recession, foreclosures are down 30.3 percent in the county.
Only a few seats remain for the “Shadows of Destiny” one-act play that focuses on the relationship between Thomas Worthington and Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh. Written by former “Tecumseh!” producer Marion Waggoner and performed by this year’s actors of the outdoor drama, the play is the highlight of the Sunday, July 28 fundraiser at Adena Mansion and Gardens. The grounds close to the general public and open to ticket holders at 3. An art auction, live music, walk-through tours of the mansion and entertainment in the barn precede the dinner. Tickets are $100 each and are available by calling Adena at 772-1500 or going to www.adenamansion.com.
Warren Henricks, who died June 30, chaired the chamber’s Board of Directors in both 1980 and 1981 when several major issues concerning the development of the city and county were on the agenda. During his terms, the board pushed the purchase of what is now the Yoctangee Park Annex along the Scioto River. He appointed both an Independent Business Council and a Retail Council. Downtown redevelopment was a major topic, including pushing for tax incentives for downtown property owners and minimum maintenance standards. The board voted to support construction of the new joint law enforcement complex in or near downtown. This was also during the time the formation of the convention and visitors bureau first was discussed. In addition to leading the chamber, Henricks also was a Chillicothe school board member for 10 years and was active in many other organizations.
New medical director for center: Dr. Jeffrey VanDeusen is the new medical director for the Adena Cancer Center. He is a graduate of Ohio State University and trained at the James Cancer Center.
VA assistant director to Columbus: Keith Sullivan, the long-time associate director at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center is the new director of the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus that serves 39,000 veterans and has an operating budget of $164 million. He said he plans to continue living in Ross County. He has been in the VA system for 33 years.
Litter’s sponsors Eagles tribute band: “Hotel California” is the main act Friday night at the OU-C Shoemaker Center sponsored by Litter Quality Propane as an appreciation gift to its customers who can get tickets for only $4. Others will pay $8. The doors open at 6:30 and the first act starts at 7.
Sponsorships available: Fresh on the heels of its first effort, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Central Ohio is lining up sponsors for the next “Dance for Kids’ Sake” event to be held this fall at OU-C’s Shoemaker Center. Levels range from $2,500 to $65. Email Christy.firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.bbbssco.org for more information or to sign up.
Hope Clinic benefits from mayor’s outing: The free medical clinic will receive the proceeds from this year’s Mayor’s Community Cup golf outing on Saturday, Aug. 17 at River’s Edge Golf Course. It’s $70 per player and sponsorships also are available. For more information, call Delbert Bochard at 703-1855 or email him at email@example.com.
Downtown apartments available: Both apartments above the chamber office at 45 E. Main St. are available to rent. The $500 monthly rent includes water and free internet, extra for small pets, a $500 deposit and leases are on a month-to-month basis. Private entrance and parking provided. Both have refrigerators and stoves. Call 702-2722 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to schedule a time to see either.
City revamps website: The city of Chillicothe overhauled its website and Horizon provided the domain so everyone can reach it through www.chillicothe.com. A list of the elected officials and major department heads, links to other websites, the complete city ordinance code and other information provided.
One-pager available as a resource: If you need to provide customers, visitors or prospective employees with more information about Chillicothe and Ross County in one easy-to-print page, go to our newest link on our website under “Economic Development” called “One-pager profile.” It has information on our history, demographics, economy and attractions. Click here to check it out.
Check should have arrived: Your rebate from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation should have arrived by now. Friday was the last day they were to be mailed from Columbus. The $1 billion total comes from an above-average return on the BWC’s investment of funds and is the first of a three-part plan by the bureau. The other two involve safety grants and switching to paying premiums ahead rather than retroactively. The latter isn’t expected to happen for another year.
It’s Ross County Day-twice-at Peden Stadium: All members of the chamber along with employees of local government and schools are eligible for two free tickets to an Ohio University Bobcat football game this coming season. The tickets can be for either the Austin Peay game on Sept. 21 or the Miami game on Oct. 26, both Saturdays. If you need more tickets, they’ll be $10 each for Austin Peay and $7 for Miami. Call 740-593-9690 to order.
Newest chamber members
- Pegasus Industries, 104 S. McArthur St., Manager Brian Modrzynski, a supplier to Kenworth.
- Creative Document Designs, 190 N. Bridge St., Suite A., by Brenda Ison, 773-2013, email@example.com
Commercial building permits issued recently by the Chillicothe and Ross County Building Departments:
- Scott Selbee Holdings (Scioto Shoe Mart), 760 Western Ave., alterations, $50,000.
- TD Chillicothe Properties, 1560 N. Bridge St., signage, $5,000.
- Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St., HVAC, $13,370.
- Mary Ann Dixon (Anderson’s Drug Store), 152 E. Main St., roof repair, $2,000.
- Kohl’s, 45 River Trace Lane, fire protection, $22,000.
- Chillicothe DG (Dollar General), 1050 E. Main St., demolition, $10,000.
- Chillicothe Board of Education, 174 Plyleys Lane (Allen School), move building, $11,500.
- Chillicothe Board of Education, 381 Yoctangee Parkway (High-middle school), alterations, $2,500.
- H&K Holding Company (Sherwin-Williams), 170 N. Bridge St., signage, $10,000.
- ADM/Countrymark, 331 S. Watt St., industrial building, $30,000.
- Logan McDonald, 90 W. Second St., siding, $2,000.
- Office Space Investments, 36 S. Paint St., alterations, $3,000.
- Ross County Banking Center, 222 E. Main St., HVAC, $3,800.
- Stephen and Karen Dawes, 193 E. Water St., roofing, $8,000.
- Chillicothe Board of Education, 345 Arch St. (Herrnstein Field), new grandstands, $1 million.
- Zane Plaza, 1080 N. Bridge St., electrical, $13,750.
- Sai Nath Properties, 129 Western Ave., signage, $750.
- Lighthouse Baptist Church, 400 Chamber Drive, renovations, $50,000.
- Bainbridge Congregation, 4625 Ohio 41, install light poles, $3,500.
- Family Dental, 19 Executive Center Drive, roofing, $15,000.
- Christian Life, 3017 Egypt Pike, alarm panel, $3,177.
- Ross County Agricultural Society, Fairgrounds Road, press box at horse arena, no value given.
Vendors licenses issued recently by the Ross County Auditor:
- Cynthia Manion, 245 Meadow Drive.
- I-Deal Motors, 440 Douglas Ave., by Charles Haas.
- Carolyn Mathews, 73 Landrum Road.
- Fashion Outlet, 1690 Western Ave., by Bill Snyder.
- Internal Affairs Performance, 905 Gilmore St., by Cameron Slagle.
Ben Daughters, with scissors, is joined by his family and employees in formally dedicating the new Dairy Queen restaurant at 171 N. Bridge St. recently. The Daughters family took control of the DQs in Chillicothe about a year ago. The new one offers seating both inside and on the patio and has a large assortment of ice cream cakes available at all times.
City Safety-Service Director Mike Green is joined by others in celebrating the opening of the new playground equipment in Western View Park on Bowman Road across from the apartment complex at West Second Street. The equipment was made possible from a $22,000 grant from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the second of its kind for the city following one for Strawser Park. The city is hoping to add a shelter with a picnic area later.