Our Mission
To assist individuals in developing their abilities to achieve a life as active members of our community.

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Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities
2606 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657
Phone: 330-297-6209 | Fax: 
330-297-1202

Report Major Unusual Incidents
Phone:
330-678-7559

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Who We Are

The Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities has been providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities in Portage County since 1967. Services and supports are provided across the lifespan and are possible through the generous and long standing support of the Board’s levies by the citizens of Portage County.

Board Members

President Michelle Sahr

County Commissioners Appointment

First Term through December 2020

michelles@portagedd.org

Carol J. Fruscella

County Commissioners Appointment

First Term through December 2020

carolf@portagedd.org

Vice President John Gargan, Jr.

County Commissioners Appointment

Second Term through December 2020

johng@portagedd.org

Cheri Michael

County Commissioners Appointment

Second Term through December 2021

cherim@portagedd.org

Secretary Kelly Butler

Probate Judge Appointment

Second Term through December 2022

kellyb@portagedd.org

Tim Moran

Probate Judge Appointment

First Term through December 2020

timothym@portagedd.org

William Tarver

County Commissioners Appointment

First Term through December 2021

williamt@portagedd.org

The Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities is governed by a seven (7) member appointed Board. Board members serve a four-year (4) term and are eligible to serve three (3) consecutive terms. Five (5) of the Board members are appointed by the Portage County Commissioners and two (2) are appointed by the Portage County Probate Judge. Members serve without compensation.

 

Of the five (5) members appointed by the Portage County Commissioners, at least two (2) of the members are to be individuals who are immediate family members of individuals eligible for services provided by the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities and, whenever possible, at least one (1) of those two (2) members is an immediate family member of an individual eligible for adult services and the other is an immediate family member of an individual eligible for early intervention services or for school-age services. Of the two (2) members appointed by the Portage County Probate Judge, at least one (1) individual is to be an immediate family member of an individual eligible for residential services or supported living.

Board Meetings

Regular monthly meetings on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each month with no meeting scheduled in July, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Dennis M. Coble Administration Building, 2606 Brady Lake Road, Ravenna, OH 44266. All meetings are open to the public. The Board provides the public the opportunity to provide comment at the beginning of each regular meeting subject to the conditions specified in Policy 1.18.

Regular Meetings

January

January 15, 2020

February

February 19, 2020

March
March 18, 2020

April
April 15, 2020

May
May 20, 2020

June
June 17, 2020

July
NO MEETING

August
August 19, 2020

September

September 16, 2020

October
October 21, 2020

November
November 18, 2020 

December
December 16, 2020

Questions can be directed to Bev Puleo, Assistant to the Superintendent, at 330-297-8993 or bevp@portagedd.org.

Special Meetings & Emergency Meetings

Occasionally there may be need for the Board to hold a special meeting. A “special meeting” is any meeting other than a regular meeting. When a special meeting is required, at least twenty-four hours advance notice of the date, time, location, and purpose of the special meeting will be submitted to the Record-Courier newspaper for publication as well as notice posted on the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ website homepage (www.portagedd.org). Any individual or entity wanting to receive notification of a special meeting may do so by sending an email requesting notification to: specialmeeting@portagedd.org.

 

Emergency meetings of the Board may be held when immediate official action is required by exigent circumstances and the twenty-four notification requirement cannot be met. An emergency meeting is a special meeting so, any individual or entity who has requested notification of special meeting will receive notification immediately of the time, place, and purpose of any emergency meeting.

 

When a special or emergency meeting is held to discuss particular issues, the statement of the meeting’s purpose must specifically indicate those issues, and only those issues may be discussed at that meeting. The Board may adjourn into executive session during a special or emergency meeting but it may only discuss matters in executive session relative to the stated purpose of the special meeting that meet the criteria for discussion in executive session as contained in Ohio Revised Code §121.22(G).

Notices

Ohio’s Open Meetings Act requires that all meetings of a public entity be open to the public. More information about Ohio’s Open Meetings Act is available here: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/121.22

 

The January meeting is the Board’s annual organizational meeting as required by Ohio Revised Code section 5126.029. At the annual organizational meeting, the Board elects its officers, establishes committee assignments, and its monthly meeting schedule.

All records kept by the Board are public unless they are exempt from disclosure under Ohio law. All public records must be organized and maintained in such a way that they can be made available for inspection and coping. Board Policy 6.25 Public Records details how public records may be viewed or requested to be copied.

 
Board Minutes

In this section you will find meeting minutes from Board meetings in 2019.

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January Board Meeting

January 16, 2019

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March Board Meeting

March 20, 2019

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June Board Meeting

June 19, 2019

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August Board Meeting

August 27, 2019

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October Emergency Meeting

October 22, 2019

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December Special Meeting

December 2, 2019

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2019 Organizing Meeting

January 16, 2019

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April Board Meeting

April 17, 2019

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July Special Meeting

July 2, 2019

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September Meeting

September 18, 2019

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October Special Meeting

October 29, 2019

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December Meeting

December 18, 2019

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February Board Meeting

February 20, 2019

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May Board Meeting

May 15, 2019

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July Special Meeting

July 31, 2019

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October Meeting

October 16, 2019

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November Meeting

November 20, 2019

To view meeting minutes from Board meetings in 2018 click here

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