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Commissioners’ Journal May 15 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, May 24, 2013 2:57 PM

Commissioners’ Journal May 15

This 15th 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.



A motion was made by Mr. Tony Zartman to go into executive session at 7:56 a.m. with the County Prosecutor to discuss legal matters. The motion was seconded by Mr. Roy Klopfenstein. All members voting yea.

At 8:20 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.



Dr. Joseph Kuhn, Paulding County Coroner - Dr. Kuhn reported he recently attended the annual Ohio Coroners’ Association Convention. Larry Long of CCAO spoke to the group on regionalizing Ohio’s coroners’ positions. He noted legislation is currently working on a house bill that would authorize four-county mergers/consolidations for coroner services. Dr. Kuhn commented there have been several fatal accidents on US 24 this year and only one has required an autopsy. One of the main concerns with four counties sharing a coroner is response time to an accident. Commissioner Zartman commented that maybe some smaller counties have a problem with a doctor’s willingness to run for the position of County Coroner. The Commissioners agreed they will want to see the verbiage of the House Bill and understand the individual counties’ limitations. Dr. Kuhn requested the Commissioners provide him with a letter to the Coroners’ Association to convey their view on the matter and he will forward it.


Niki Warncke, Maumee Valley Planning Organization; Gene Weidenhamer and Bill Wiles, Auglaize Township Trustees - Ms. Warncke met with the Commissioners to review the FY13 CDBG project applications. She received nine project requests from various entities. Paulding County’s FY 2013 CDBG allocation is $75,000, with $15,000 for administrative and Fair Housing, leaving a balance of $60,000 for up to three projects. Ms. Warncke reviewed the projects done over the last 10 years. The Commissioners will review the project applications and select three to be awarded at the second hearing on Wednesday, June 12, at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Office.


Claudia Fickel, Paulding County Auditor - Ms. Fickel presented the May Sales Tax Revenue report and the April General Fund Expenses and Receipts Reports for the Commissioners’ review. She reported having recently received casino revenue for May. Ms. Fickel requested the Commissioners’ contact the Ohio Department of Development for the number of Ohio domiciled workers on the Iberdrola Wind Farm, which will be taxable for the 2013 tax year, payable in 2014. Commissioner Zartman will follow up with a phone call.


CCAO Small Counties’ Affairs Telephone Conference - The Commissioners connected with the telephone conference sponsored by CCAO for small counties. Larry Long lead the discussion on a variety of subjects. He touched on local government funding, Recorder’s equipment fund, and EMA directors. Mr. Long responded to a question about electric consumption at county fairgrounds. He suggested working with the local electric provider to lower the tariff or the possibility of “selling back” some of the power. Mr. Long also noted there are some counties who have chosen to purchase their own transformers to save on their monthly, year-round bill. Other areas of discussion were annexation and its effect on townships and sewer issues.


Tom Winkle and Al Griffiths - Mr. Winkle and Mr. Griffiths met with the Commissioners to discuss the lot next to the old jail property.