NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, November 30, 2017

 

The Board of Defiance County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in the Commissionersí Session Room at 500 Court Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512. Commissioner Ryan Mack called the meeting to order. Also present were Commissioners Mick Pocratsky and Gary Plotts, Sherry Carnahan, Finance Manager/Administrator, and Stephanie Metz, Clerk.

 

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

 

Per the recommendation of Warren Schlatter, the Defiance County Board of Commissioners awarded the 2017 Watson Road Bridge project to RG Zachrich Construction, Inc. in the amount bid by them of $1,069,185.16, The low bidder, Vernon Nagel, had incomplete paperwork submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) before the bid date as the contract required. ODOT is funding this project at 100% and requires this paperwork; and based on the wording in the contract, Vernon Nagelís bid was non-responsive and was rejected in accordance with Ohio Revised Code ß 5525.08.

 

On November 21, 2017, the Board of Commissioners did receive written certification of the Jackman Ditch #17-01 project from the District Supervisors for the Board of Supervisors of the Defiance County Soil and Water Conservation District. The Board of Supervisors determined that:

  1. That the cost of the proposed Project will be less than the benefits, and
  2. That the improvement is necessary, and
  3. That it will be conducive to the public welfare, and
  4. That it will improve water management and development in the county in which the district is located to the advantage of lands located in it, and
  5. That the Project will benefit the lands in the area by promoting the economical, industrial, environmental and social developments of the watershed area.

In accordance with Revised Code Section 940.29, and per the recommendation of the District Supervisors for the Board of Supervisors of the Defiance County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Board of Defiance County Commissioners approved the construction of the Jackman Ditch #17-01 project. In accordance with Revised Code Section 940.29, the Board of Defiance County Commissioners requested the Defiance County Engineer to file with the Defiance County Recorder a property plat showing the general location of the improvement and a statement describing the dimensions of any permanent easement that is necessary for the maintenance of the Jackman Ditch #17-01 improvement. In accordance with Revised Code Section 940.30, the Board of Defiance County Commissioners requested the Defiance County Soil & Water Conservation District to prepare a schedule of estimated assessments on property within the area that is to be benefited by the Jackman Ditch #17-01 improvement in accordance with Ohio Revised Code. This proposed projected is located in Defiance and Highland Townships. The project recommendations include excavation and brush removal as needed to obtain sufficient grade and capacity and to obtain adequate freeboard on all tiles. The preliminary report has a total project estimated cost of $49,890.00.

 

Bob and Linda Wagner, Daisy and Tom Farley, Jim Rath, Pat Wyse and Trish Speiser, Auglaize Village, met with the Commissioners to provide an update. They requested $15,000.00 for the funding for 2018 from the Commissioners. The Commissioners approved this request. They provided an update from 2017. There were five events hosted, as well as two school programs by Defiance County Soil & Water, Boy Scouts Camporee and Defiance 6th grade for Defiance Days Program.

 

Denise Sutter, Dave and Loretta Schroeder, Christmas Cruise Thru, met with the Commissioners to discuss the event. They provided the following information for the last two years of gate revenue: 2015 - $15,227.33 (3,458 cars) and 2016 - $16,725.77 (3,966 cars).

 

Judge Rohrs and Julie Fitzendrider, Defiance County Municipal Court, met with the Commissioners to discuss his 2018 budget.

 

Lisa Weaner and Gary Dowler, Fort Defiance Humane Society Board, met with the Commissioners to provide an update. There are many new policies and procedures in place for the organizationís new staff. There were over 90 cats handled on the neuter day on October 13th. Since August 29th there have been 25 cats taken in, 13 cats adopted, and 5 cats transferred. There have been 121 dogs taken in, 108 adopted, 20 reclaimed and 11 transferred out.

 

 

 

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†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner