Monday, May 14, 2018


The Board of Defiance County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018 in the in the Commissioners’ Session Room at 500 Court Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512. President Ryan Mack called the meeting to order.  Also present were Commissioners Mick Pocratsky and Gary Plotts, 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.


Warren Schlatter, Defiance County Engineer, met with the Commissioners to provide a weekly update for the Engineer’s Office and the Landfill. Warren reported that paving on Watson Road continues. The work on the Watson Road Bridge is also continuing. The vegetation control contract will be in as soon as weather permits.


The Commissioners held a meeting to discuss implementation of late fees for the Defiance County Landfill. Warren reported that while the vast majority of clients of the Defiance County Landfill pay their invoices on a timely basis, the Landfill has encountered repeated challenges in collecting on past-due invoices with a small percentage of repeated offenders. This is causing disruptions to cash flow for the Landfill, resulting in the creation of additional work for Landfill staff and exhaustion of resources in pursuit of collection efforts on these outstanding balances. The Commissioners approved the implementation of Late Fees, effective June 1, 2018, as outlined below, per each month, with a balance past due:                     

$0.01 to $100.00               ~        $1.00/per month,

                               $100.01 to $1,000.00         ~        $10.00/per month,

                               $1,000.01 to $5,000.00      ~        $50.00/per month,

                               $5,000.01 and over           ~        $100.00/per month.


Russ Herman, Defiance County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, met with the Commissioners to provide an update on various legal matters.


The Commissioners attended the Defiance County Transportation Improvement District Meeting. The Defiance County Transportation Improvement District approved submitting an application, on behalf of the City of Defiance, for funding for the Jefferson/Palmer Intersection Project. This project has an estimate of $900,000.00. The City of Defiance has already been awarded an Ohio Public Works Commission grant in the amount of $325,000.00. The application to the Ohio Department of Transportation through the Defiance County Transportation Improvement District is in the amount of $223,896.00.



Release Approved:  ____________________________________________________         

                                         Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner