NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, June 29, 2017

 

The Board of Defiance County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in the Commissioners’ Session Room at 500 Court Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512. Commissioner Ryan Mack called the meeting to order.  Also present were Commissioner Mick Pocratsky, Sherry Carnahan, Finance Manager/Administrator, and Stephanie Metz, Clerk.

 

The Commissioners met in General Session and approved and signed various resolutions, contracts and documents. The Commissioners also reviewed the calendar of events and discussed upcoming meetings.

 

Bruce Clevenger, Defiance County OSU Extension; and KJ Martin, OSU Intern, met with the Commissioners for a quarterly update. They provided the following updates:

Agriculture Natural Resources:

·       OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) established a collaborative research test plot to investigate soybean production. The small plot is 4.5 acres in size, but is home to 9 intense studies examining soybean disease management and nutrient management.

·       The Defiance County Farmers Markets began May 2nd. The Definace Market has 25 registered vendors and is open on Tuesdays 2 pm -6 pm, Thursdays 11 am – 3 pm, and Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm. The Hicksville Markey is open Tuesdays 9 am – 1 pm and Fridays 4 pm – 6 pm. Markets continue through October 31st.

·       During April, May and June, more than 110 phone calls and/or personal visits were made to the County agriculture/natural resources OSU Extension educator.

·       In June, several homeowners in Delaware and Washington townships contacted OSU Extension concerned about the declining appearance of their oak trees and Gypsy moth caterpillars were confirmed. The Gypsy moth is a non-native, invasive species that has been advancing into Ohio from Pennsylvania and Michigan over the past decade. In its caterpillar stage, it feeds on the leaves of over 300 different tree and shrub species.

SNAP Ed:

·       SNAP Ed presented 61 educational sessions with over 550 participants.

·       Cooking Matters was offered the Sherwood United Methodist Church.

·       Head Start ended the year by learning to include physical activity in different games, and how easy it is to make your own infused water.

·       Ravens Care offered Crock Pot Cooking Classes.

4-H Youth Development:

·       The 4-H Educator developed and conducted five Quality Assurance programs for 367 FFA and 4-H youth. The Educator also trained seven adult volunteers who conducted an additional four sessions. These education programs are for youth livestock exhibitors and addresses the 10 Good Production Practices (GPP’s) and involve interactive activities that reinforce at least 3 GPP’s. Exhibitors must understand that they are responsible for the health and well-being of their project livestock even if someone else is caring for the animal at various points in time. These youth are producers and must ensure that their animal enters the food chain as a quality product.

·       42 young Ogres and Princesses were in attendance at the 8th annual day camp program (“Shrektacular”). The theme centered on the Shrek movies, and programs focused on outdoor survival skills and medieval manners. Some of the main lessons from Shrek are: Everyone has layers; Nothing is handed to you; No one is better off alone; Friends are family; and Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

 

Warren Schlatter, Defiance County Engineer, met with the Commissioners for the bid opening for 2017 Bulk Ice Control Salt. The following bids were received: Detroit Salt C. - $47.59/ton; Compass Minerals - $41.62/ton; Cargill Deicing - $48.68/ton. The Commissioners took the bids under advisement and will award at a later date. The bid price for 2016 was $50.57/ton.

 

The Commissioners held that annual ditch maintenance review with Henry County Commissioners via teleconference. Kevin Hancock, Defiance County Ditch Maintenance, reviewed the Ditch Maintenance Inspection Assessment Report for 2018 for the ditches maintained by Defiance County, which detailed the current balances for the ditches, the proposed work, the proposed 2018 assessment, and the estimated balance. Bob George, Henry County Soil & Water, reviewed the Ditch Maintenance Inspection Assessment Report for 2018 for the ditches maintained by Henry County, which detailed the current balances for the ditches, the proposed work, the proposed 2018 assessment, and the estimated balance. The Joint Board approved the proposed 2018 assessments for both Defiance County maintained and Henry County maintained ditches.

 

The Commissioners held the annual ditch maintenance review with Paulding and DeKalb County Commissioners in Auburn, Indiana. Kevin Hancock, Defiance County Ditch Maintenance, reviewed the Ditch Maintenance Inspection Assessment Report for 2018 for the ditches maintained by Defiance County, which detailed the current balances for the ditches, the proposed work, the proposed 2018 assessment, and the estimated balance. The Joint Board approved the proposed 2018 assessments for Defiance County maintained ditches.

 

The Commissioners held the annual ditch maintenance review with DeKalb County Commissioners in Auburn, Indiana. Kevin Hancock, Defiance County Ditch Maintenance, reviewed the Ditch Maintenance Inspection Assessment Report for 2018 for the ditches maintained by Defiance County, which detailed the current balances for the ditches, the proposed work, the proposed 2018 assessment, and the estimated balance. The Joint Board approved the proposed 2018 assessments for Defiance County maintained ditches.

 

 

Release Approved:            ____________________________________________________           

                                                Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner