Thursday, July 12, 2018


The Board of Defiance County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 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 Commissioner Mick Pocratsky, 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.


On July 2, 2018, the Commissioners adopted a resolution pursuant to R.C. § 5705.03 declaring it necessary to levy a renewal .85 mill tax levy and requesting the County Auditor to certify the total current tax valuation of the County and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by that renewal levy. On July 6, 2018, the County Auditor certified that the current tax valuation of the County is $924,580,640 and the dollar amount of revenue that would be generated by that .85 mill levy would be $647,997.56 annually during the life of the levy, assuming that the total current tax valuation remains the same throughout the life of the levy. Today, the Commissioners approved a resolution to find, determine and declare that the amount of taxes that may be raised within the ten-mill limitation will be insufficient to provide for the necessary requirements of the County, and that it is necessary to levy a tax in excess of that limitation at the rate of .85 mill for six (6) years for the purpose of Community Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Programs and Services, including Good Samaritan School, Early Intervention Services, Adult Services, Residential Services, Service Coordination, and Transportation, pursuant to R.C. Chpt. 5126. The question of a renewal .85 mill ad valorem property tax outside of the ten-mill limitation, for six (6) years, beginning with the tax list and duplicate for the year 2019, the proceeds of which levy first would be available to the County in calendar year 2020, shall be submitted under the provisions of R.C. § 5705.19 to the electors of the County at an election to be held therein on November 6, 2018, as authorized by law. That election shall be held at the regular places of voting in the County as established by the Board of Elections of Defiance County, or otherwise, within the times provided by law and shall be conducted, canvassed and certified in the manner provided by law.


Teresa Johnson, Defiance County OSU Extension, met with the Commissioners to provide a quarterly update.

Agriculture Natural Resources:    

·       In May, 31 area pond owners participated in a Pond Clinic hosted by OSU Extension and the Defiance Soil & Water Conservation District. Topics discussed were weed and plants around the pond, fish and critters, improving pond quality, proper chemical applications, and nutrient management and water quality.

·       On-farm research projects established for 2018 include soybean seeding rate study and early season insect pest monitoring.


·       There were 61 nutritional education sessions to 755 participants. Sessions included the following topics: drinking less sugary drinks, healthier fats, portion distortion, and cooking tips.

4-H Youth Development:

·       Quality Assurance programs were developed and conducted for 361 FFA and 4-H youth.

·       The 4-H Educator conducted “Manners to Go” training for 175 students from Hilltop, Defiance and Fairview.


Julian & Grube met with the Commissioners and Audit Committee for the post audit meeting.




Release Approved:  ____________________________________________________         

                                         Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner