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Commissioners’ Journal Oct. 7 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, October 18, 2013 6:49 PM



Commissioners’ Journal October 7, 2013


This 7th day of October, 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.



A motion was made by Mr. Roy Klopfenstein to go into executive session at 10:40 a.m. with the Paulding County EMA Director to discuss personnel matters. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fred Pieper. All members voting yea.

At 10:49 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.



Claudia Fickel, County Auditor - Ms. Fickel introduced her newest staff member, Angie Stoller. Ms. Stoller will be working in the Real Estate Department of the Auditor’s Office.

Aaron Timm, Paulding County Engineer’s Office - Mr. Timm presented the Commissioners drawing for the newly purchased parking lot. The Commissioners noted a couple of adjustments. Mr. Timm will see that the adjustments are made and bring back a revised plan next week.

Jim Langham, Paulding Progress - Mr. Langham interviewed Paulding County Economic Development Director, Jerry Zielke. Mr. Zielke began his PCD directorship on October 1. His plans are to continue working with Paulding County businesses, offering assistance through RLF, tax abatement agreements, and CRA. He emphasized the importance of industrial, retail, and business opportunities in Paulding County. A few of his ideas for PCED are:

1) develop a comprehensive marketing plan

2) upgrade the website with more links

3) develop a mentor program, utilizing successful local entrepreneurs (current and retired) as a resource

4) work with local officials to improve communities

5) create a PCED foundation, funded by donations to support economic growth

6) apply for grants, both government and private, to assist in infrastructure and other costs involved in economic development

Mr. Zielke noted he is ‘where he’s at as a result of participating in 4-H and junior leadership.’ He is excited to get started. The Commissioners congratulated him on his new position and look forward to working with him.


Randy Shaffer, EMA Director - Mr. Shaffer reported the generator at the OSU extension building has been serviced. Commissioner Klopfenstein noted all but four political subdivisions have submitted resolutions supporting the newly formed EMA. Mr. Shaffer has a few more signatures to obtain on the January 2012, journal pages. He requested permission to attend the EMA and State LEPC conferences on October 29th and 30th at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg. Commissioners Klopfenstein shared a tentative agenda for the first EMA Advisory Council meeting to be held at EMA office in the OSU extension building on October 21. Mr. Shaffer indicated he would like a website for the EMA. He further noted that while the website would be accessible to all county residents, a password-protected area for fire chiefs and EMS/EMT volunteers would be helpful. The Commissioners suggested that Mr. Shaffer work with E911 for a possible website link.