Thursday, March 9, 2017


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


Dennis Miller, Maumee Valley Planning Organization; Jerry Hayes, Defiance County Economic Development; Vickie Myers, Defiance County Treasurer; and Matt Wagner, TetraTech, met with the Commissioners to discuss various Brownfield projects in the County. Once a site access agreement has been signed and finalized, TetraTech can proceed with Phase 2 on the former Zeller property. Dennis stated that he applied to the US EPA for a $400,000.00 grant for the 5 County area for costs of assessments and cleanup; this may be able to be used for the former Zeller property. Matt stated he has estimated the cleanup and demolition costs for the former SK Tools property to be between $500,000.00 and $600,000.00; he stated that there were no ground water issues on the property, and the majority of the costs are for asbestos remediation. A follow-up meeting is being scheduled to further discuss this property. The next steps for the Vortex property is to obtain commitment letters from interested parties and then meet with JobsOhio to start the grant application process.


Dennis Miller, Maumee Valley Planning Organization, met with the Commissioners to discuss the proposal submitted by the company in response to the Request for Proposals from non-profit agencies to perform necessary functions for its PY2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Community Development Program (including the Community Housing Impact & Preservation (CHIP) Program, Community Development Allocation and Competitive Programs, Residential Public Infrastructure Program, Economic Development, and Revolving Loan Fund Programs).  As grants are received, Maumee Valley Planning Organization will submit administrative agent contracts as each grant is received.


Sandy Kessler, Emma Kirkpatrick, and Ellen Smith, Maumee Valley Planning Organization, met with the Commissioners for the Public Hearing to discuss future (2-5 years) projects to incorporate in our Community Development Implementation Strategy (CDIS). Also in attendance were: Cary Mallett and Sherri Ramey, Village of Sherwood; Craig Mescher, Access Engineering Solutions; Kent Miller, Village of Hicksville; and Tom Vance, Village of Ney. Sandy reviewed the Defiance County Community Implementation Strategy and requested any updates to be submitted by the local entities as soon as possible, as this is submitted with the grant applications to the State. Sandy also provided an overview of the Community Development Block Grant Program.


Shane Wilson, Tammy Wilson, and Josh O’Hara, Fort Defiance Humane Society, met with the Commissioners and Randy Vogel, Defiance County Dog Warden, to discuss possible changes to the current management agreement and to request additional funding, as the current funding amount of $25,000.00 is not enough to operate the budget of the agency. They stated that they are attempting to assist the County residents to reduce the feral cat population, but they have not received much feedback. The Commissioners stated that they will assist with any public information meetings in the County. The Commissioners agreed to work with them and the Dog Warden to determine a per dog amount to be provided to them for expenses of dogs taken to the shelter by the Dog Warden. They can then discuss amounts that could be specific to certain operating expenses.


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.






Release Approved:          ____________________________________________________         

                                         Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner