Thursday, September 13, 2018
The Board of Defiance County Commissioners met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, 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 Gary Plotts and 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.
The Commissioners discussed possible solutions for the creation of a tristate board to oversee monitoring of the aquifer. The idea of a Regional Council of Governments, as allowed by Ohio Revised Code Chapter 167 is being researched by the Commissioners’ Office. Information will be sent to all concerned counties regarding a future meeting to hopefully discuss the creation of this body.
The Commissioners received notification from the National Association of Counties (NACo) that Commissioner Mack was nominated as a member of the Telecommunications and Technology Policy Steering Committee. The NACo presidential initiative this year is “Connecting the Unconnected: Counties Linking Residents to Services”, which will explore ways that county governments are connecting to the residents in the spirit of building healthy, safe and vibrant communities.
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 Commissioners approved the construction of the Crall Ditch #18-01 project. On September 6, 2018, the Commissioners received written certification of the Crall Ditch #18-01 project from the District Supervisors for the Board of Supervisors of the Defiance County Soil and Water Conservation District. The Board of Supervisors determined:
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 aid lands in the area by promoting the economical, industrial, environmental and social developments of the watershed area.
The Commissioners passed a resolution expressing their approval and support for the extension of five years for the current technology fund statute in Ohio Revised Code § 317.321. Provisions of the current law regarding this technology fund continue through January 1, 2019, but the technology needs of the County Recorders do not cease on that date.
Sandy Kessler, Maumee Valley Planning Organization, met with the Commissioners for the bid opening for the Village of Ney Water Treatment Plant Improvements. There were no bids received. Sandy will contact the State Office of Community Development to find out the options to get this project completed by the grant’s deadline of August 31, 2019.
Ron Cereghin, Defiance County Maintenance Supervisor, met with the Commissioners to provide a monthly update.
John Leutz, Cheryl Subler, and Jon Honeck, CCAO, met with the Commissioners to provide an update on pending legislation and discuss legislative platform topics for CCAO to use during the next two years. Topics discussed were: Local Government Fund decreases, unfunded mandates, water quality issues, aquifer, establishment of a council of governments, rural internet connectivity, voting equipment purchases and funding, indigent defense funding, Board of Elections funding, MCO sales tax elimination, MARCS radios, opioid epidemic – law enforcement, judicial system, children’s services, coroners office, Recorder’s technology fund, ditch law updates, and increased health insurance costs.
Russ Herman, Defiance County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and Randy Vogel, Defiance County Dog Warden, met with the Commissioners in executive session to discuss pending and/or imminent litigation (ORC 121.22(G) (3)).
Cary Mallett, Sherri Ramey, and Jeff Hurtig, Village of Sherwood, met with the Commissioners to discuss the Mark Center sewer issue.
Release Approved: ____________________________________________________
Ryan Mack, Defiance County Commissioner