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Commissioners’ Journal Aug. 19, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 11:33 PM

Commissioners’ Journal August 19, 2013

This 19th day of August, 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.



This 19th day of August, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners signed a general obligation note with the State Bank & Trust Company.



Claudia Fickel, County Auditor - Ms. Fickel met with the Commissioners to discuss the County’s payroll procedure. She would like to go to direct deposit for every employee. In lieu of changing the County’s main depository bank, Ms. Fickel suggested this change in procedure to eliminate the need for new payroll checks. Ms. Fickel noted she is looking forward to upgrading her computer system in the real estate office.


Lou Ann Wannemacher, County Treasurer - She requested permission to replace the copier in her office. She will check prices and update the Commissioners at a later date.


Quasar Energy of Haviland - The Commissioners went at the Quasar Energy plant in Haviland for a tour. State Representative Tony Burkley is a member of the State Agriculture Committee. He and the Committee met the Commissioners at Quasar Energy where Steve Smith, CFO of the company, explained the digester. Mr. Smith noted the digester takes in waste products, such as food and animal waste, and puts out power in the form of methane gas. The remaining solid product is used for fertilizer. The Commissioners found the tour very educational and informative.


Randy Shaffer, EMA - Mr. Shaffer met with the Commissioners for his regularly scheduled meeting. Commissioner Klopfenstein reviewed unfinished business from last week’s meeting. Mr. Shaffer reported he had received an e-mailed copy of Hocking County’s countywide agreement contract. He also has priced first aid kits for various county offices. The Commissioners agreed that Mr. Shaffer should use his judgment and go ahead with 20 kits. Commissioners Klopfenstein revisited the Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team (DWART) and Mr. Shaffer noted he will send the letters to nominees for the team. Once nominees agree to serve on the team, Mr. Shaffer will make sure the form gets to the state for approval. The DWART acts as a response planning team and the members serving are not necessarily part of the responding entity. Commissioners Klopfenstein questioned how many political subdivisions have submitted resolutions relating to the reorganization of the Paulding County EMA. There are currently eight villages and four township that have not provided copies of their resolutions. A reminder letter will go out this week. Mr. Shaffer reported he will be attending a Northwest Ohio Healthcare Coalition meeting in Findlay on Sept. 9. He explained this group is an assortment of professionals who would be involved in case of an emergency. The Commissioners discussed the county radio study and the apparent interference in frequency in the southern portion of the county. They talked about the possibility of using one of the current frequencies for the Sheriff’s Office and then applying for an additional frequency later. Mr. Shaffer noted one downfall of the trunking system is it does not have the capability to prioritize calls.


Tom VanVlerah, Mayor of Antwerp; Jeff Cline and Shawn Schutte, Antwerp Ball Association - The Commissioners requested a meeting with Mr. VanVlerah, Mr. Cline, and Mr. Schutte to discuss the Antwerp ball field. Due to a recent bankruptcy, the ball field property will become county property. The Commissioners expressed their desire to deed it over to the Village of Antwerp. Mr. VanVlerah commented this possibility would be discussed at the Village Council meeting this evening. If they are in agreement, the Mayor noted they would still want the ball association to maintain and upkeep the field. Mr. VanVlerah also updated the Commissioners on the EMA resolutions from the Village, stating they were also going to discuss that topic at this evening’s council meeting.