Thursday, June 14, 2018


The Board of Defiance County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 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, 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.


Ben Gerken, Defiance County Soil & Water, met with the Commissioners for the bid opening for Jackman Ditch #17-01. The pre-bid estimate for the project was $42,000.00. The following bids were received: Fenson Contracting - $37,845.00; Ryan Nida Exavating & Fabricating - $38,450.00; The Weber Company - $33,690.00; Zenz Farms Excavating - $40,895.00. The Commissioners took the bids under advisement and will award later based on the recommendation of Soil & Water.


Ron Cereghin, Defiance County Maintenance Supervisor, met with the Commissioners to provide an update.


Amy Galbraith, Defiance County Clerk of Courts, met with the Commissioners to discuss travel and training. She requested an additional $6,200.00 to pay for training of new staff and to allow staff to attend seminars. The Commissioners approved the additional funds.


The Commissioners held the annual ditch maintenance assessment meeting with Paulding County Commissioners via teleconference. The Joint Board approved the 2019 ditch maintenance assessments for ditches maintained by both Defiance and Paulding Counties.


Jerry Hayes, Defiance County Economic Development, and Tim Meister and Connie Nicely, Four County Career Center, met with the Commissioners to discuss school donations for Enterprise Zone Agreements, Community Reinvestment Areas, and Tax Increment Financing Projects. Mr. Meister explained that if the companies utilizing some of these funding mechanisms do not offer school donations, he would not be able to recommend to the Four County School Board to offer support for the project. School donations are not required, but if taxes are being abated, the school’s funding is affected negatively.


Jessica Tyler, GEM Energy, met with the Commissioners, Jerry Hayes and Warren Schlatter, Landfill Manager, to discuss future solar development possibilities. The Commissioners explained that there are not currently any solar projects pending for the County, but are open to learning about any possible opportunities.




Release Approved:       ____________________________________________________           

                                                Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner