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Commissioners’ Journal May 6 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, May 10, 2013 2:35 PM

 

Commissioners’ Journal May 6, 2013

 

 

This 6th day of May, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Fred Pieper, Tony Zartman, Roy Klopfenstein, and Nola Ginter, Clerk.

 

IN THE MATTER OF APPOINTING A FACILITIES GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER TO THE W.O.R.T.H. CENTER

Mr. Tony Zartman moved to adopt the following resolution;

WHEREAS, Paulding County is a member of the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center (W.O.R.T.H.), a community based corrections facility located at 243 Bluelick Road, Lima, Ohio, and;

WHEREAS, as a Member County it is incumbent on this Board to act in conjunction with the other Member Boards of Commissioners to reappoint the Commissioners’ appointment to the Facilities Governing Board; and

WHEREAS, Kimberly M. Switzer was appointed by the Boards of County Commissioners to serve an initial three (3)

year term beginning October 12, 2006, and expiring on October 12, 2009, and was reappointed beginning on October 12, 2012, and ending on October 12, 2015; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 2301.51 of the Revised Code, this Board, in conjunction with the other Member Boards of W.O.R.T.H., wish to reappoint Kimberly M. Switzer to a full three (3) three year term beginning on October 12, 2012, and ending on October 12, 2015; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that this Board, as a member County, and with the collective Boards of County Commissioners, hereby reappoints Kimberly M. Switzer to the Facilities Governing Board of W.O.R.T.H. for a full three (3) year term beginning on the 12th day of October, 2012, and ending on the 12th day of October, 2015; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Clerk of this Board certify a copy of this Resolution to the Facilities Governing Board of the W.O.R.T.H. Center and be included with the resolutions of the other eight (8) member Counties, which collectively shall constitute the appointment of said member.

 

MEETING NOTES OF APPOINTMENTS

Press Conference - Present were: Tanya Irwin, Toledo Blade, Melinda Krick and Denise Gebers, Paulding Progress, Lisa Nicely, Defiance Crescent; Jason Landers, Paulding County Sheriff; Georgia Dyson and Ken Huckabaa, Paulding County Dog Warden; Sue Rhodes, Kathy Habern, Bob and Mary Duffey - Commissioner Chairman Fred Pieper formally announced the Board’s decision to transfer authority and jurisdiction of the Paulding County Dog Warden and Kennel to the Paulding County Sheriff. The Commissioners are confident this shift will best serve the needs of the community and ensure the highest level of safety to residents. The Sheriff’s Office will be able to provide services 24 hours a day and will assign a full time deputy to the dog warden duties during the day shift. A part time deputy will be available when the dog warden is not. Commissioner Pieper advised the group there are several other counties in Ohio that have made this change. This Sheriff assured all in attendance his goal is to utilize volunteers to continue in the level of rescue work the current dog warden has put into place. Mr. Duffey quoted the ORC 955.12, which addresses the County’s obligation to the Dog Warden and Kennel. Commissioner Pieper read the Prosecuting Attorney’s opinion which explained the Commissioners’ authority. Ms. Habern commented she has always gotten response from the current dog warden. When questioned, the Commissioners acknowledged their office has received many complaints. Commissioner Zartman stated it was not the Commissioners’ desire to “air dirty laundry” by expounding on personnel issues. Commissioner Pieper noted this decision was not arrived at easily and has been discussed in depth since February. Commissioner Klopfenstein stated that although he is new to the Commissioners’ Office, this decision was a difficult process. A positive outcome for Paulding County residents in the long-term is the goal. Ms. Habern voiced her concern for the care of the dogs. Sheriff Landers responded by saying his goal is to maintain the rescue work along with the historical dog warden duties. Ms. Dyson added the current protocol for keeping dogs in the kennel is a minimum of 72 hours if the dog has no tag and 14 days if the dog has tags. She noted she fields from 5 to 30 calls each day and currently has six dogs in the kennel. Ms. Dyson also announced she has applied for 501.C status so that donations to the dog kennel can be tax deductible. Sheriff Landers noted he intends to post the position in-house for seven days for current deputies to consider, then he will publicly advertise. Commissioner Zartman advised the group their decision was not arrived at lightly. Commissioner Klopfenstein noted it is nobody’s desire to put healthy dogs down; therefore, Ms. Dyson’s rescue work is appreciated.

 

Ms. Krick then inquired as to the status of Paulding County EMA. Commissioner Zartman noted the Commissioners met recently with the EMA Executive Board to discuss disbanding. Upon their decision to disband, the Commissioners will then have the authority to appoint an EMA director. The EMA Executive Board consists of various political subdivisions; i.e. townships and villages. By Monday, May 27, enough of the political subdivisions will have met for a majority vote. There are currently twelve townships and eleven villages. The Commissioners hope to retain the current EMA director in an advisory position until his retirement in December. The Commissioners commented it is purely coincidental that these two issues are surfacing simultaneously. House Bill 59 addresses both positions and the Commissioners’ parameters.

 

The Commissioners briefly discussed the improvements to the Courthouse and the Capital Improvements Fund set up to fund the various projects.

 

Insurance Meeting - Many elected officials, department heads, and employees were present to listen to Kris Gerken of Huntington Insurance present the County employee health insurance plan effective June 1, 2013, with Medical Mutual of Ohio. Summary Sheets were distributed showing rates for the two plans being offered to employees. The Commissioners elected to change from being partially self-funded to being fully insured beginning June 1, 2013. Rates for single and family coverage as well as the summary of benefits were reviewed. Life insurance will also be offered at a minimal cost to employees. Cindy Peters, Commissioners’ Clerk, noted packets including enrollment applications, summary of benefits, preventative medication listing, wellness management program information, and other pertinent information are available to each employee eligible for the plan. Mr. Gerken noted Huntington Insurance would like for the applications to be completed by this Friday so that the new insurance ID cards can be processed. In lieu of the increase in premiums, Sheriff Landers asked the Commissioners if the County could afford to increase their contribution. The Commissioners will revisit this issue when working on the 2014 budget.

 

The Commissioners reviewed the FY 2013 CDBG CD allocation program application packet provided by Maumee Valley Planning Organization. There is $60,000 to complete up to three (3) projects. Nine (9) projects were submitted for consideration. These projects will be reviewed at the meeting on May 15, 2013, at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Office.