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Commissioners’ Journal Aug. 5, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 09, 2013 7:59 PM


Commissioners’ Journal August 5, 2013


This 5th day of August, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Fred Pieper, Roy Klopfenstein, and Nola Ginter, Clerk. Absent: Tony Zartman.



Randy Shaffer, EMA - The Commissioners requested the 2011, 2012 and 2013 (including year-to-date) budget for the EMA. Brown Township and the Village of Payne have requested copies of the EMA budget to review. Mr. Shaffer explained the budget should increase as improvements to the program are made.

He then discussed the non-funded mandate by the state to have a Dangerous Wild Animal Response Plan in force. The sample plan Mr. Shaffer offered for the Commissioners’ review allows for a County Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team (DWART) to act as a response planning team. The response planning team is not necessarily the responding entity. Members of the County DWART should be representatives from the following entities: local law enforcement, County EMA, local public health department, fire department, emergency medical services, broadcast/print media, registered dangerous wild animal owner, and an elected official. After discussion, Mr. Shaffer agreed to send letters to those recommended for the positions on the County DWART. He advised the Commissioners that though there are residents of Paulding County who may own these type animals (or snakes), he found none who were “registered.” Mr. Shaffer followed up to the State and was told he could utilize surrounding counties’ registered owners. After searching those registries and finding no one listed in adjacent counties, Mr. Shaffer was advised to indicate ‘none available’ on the form to be submitted to the state.

The Commissioners asked Mr. Shaffer if he could arrange for first aid kits for the various county offices. Mr. Shaffer will check a couple of different suppliers and follow-up on this.

The Commissioners updated Mr. Shaffer on the political subdivisions’ response to resolutions necessary to move ahead with the reorganization of the EMA. Mr. Shaffer discussed the EMA vehicle, noting it has required a lot of maintenance and repairs lately. He will obtain quotes for a vehicle to present to the Commissioners. Mr. Shaffer stated EMPG dollars can be used for vehicle purchase, as well as siren purchases. He then asked the Commissioners if CDBG money can be used to purchase sirens, remarking that some townships and villages do not currently have sirens. The next meeting with Mr. Shaffer is scheduled for Monday, August 12, at 10 a.m.


Jim Langham, Paulding Progress - Mr. Langham met with the Commissioners to discuss the formation of a County Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team (DWART). The Commissioners explained DWART is a state mandate (non-funded) and remarked that the current Paulding County EMA director, Randy Shaffer, will be contacting nominees for the eight-member team as part of his EMA duties. The Commissioners explained the DWART (ORC 935) resulted from a 2011 incident in Muskingum, where the owner of several exotic animals released the animals, causing a dangerous situation.


Greg and Justin Flowers, Build a Computer - Mr. Greg Flowers updated the Commissioners on their progress toward updating the computer system in the Courthouse. He explained he needs to talk to the Clerk of Courts regarding the Title Office and also to the Recorder, as both offices’ computer systems are maintained by the state.