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Commissioners’ Journal Oct. 9 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:57 AM

Commissioners’ Journal October 9, 2013

This 9th 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 8:08 a.m. with the Paulding County Prosecutor to discuss legal matters. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fred Pieper. All members voting yea.

At 8:28 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.



Jason Landers, Paulding County Sheriff - The Commissioners and Sheriff Landers discussed the inmate housing agreement with Putnam County. Sheriff Landers presented his 2013 Projections Report for September. He noted the grant monies for the vehicle purchase has been paid back. Sheriff Landers also submitted Captain Dave Cline’s monthly statistics. For the month of September, 44 male inmates (serving 655 days) and 10 female inmates (serving 84 days); for a total of 54 inmates, serving a total of 739 days. The average number of inmates per day was 24 and the average stay per inmate was 13 days. A total of 82 inmates were held in the temporary holding facility at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. There were 43 trips to the Putnam County Jail (to transport inmates), for a total of 2,942 miles. Paulding County paid Putnam County a total of $32,661 to house inmates in September, with the 2013 year-to-date totaling $280,297.20. Sheriff Landers reported on his five main expense line items, stating they seem to be on track through the end of the year.


Sheriff Landers then reported on training that will take place at the Courthouse this Saturday. Signs will be posted to make the public aware of what is occurring. He relayed the K-9 unit is doing very well. The new prescription drop box has collected over 2,500 pills so far. Sheriff Landers emphasized this is the best way to dispose of unused prescription pills. He noted it does not cost the county at the next level to properly dispose of them.


The next topic of discussion was the E-911 levy replacement, which will appear on the November 5 ballot this fall. Sheriff Landers and his E-911 coordinator, Brion Hanenkratt, are working hard to educate the public on the importance of this levy.


The Commissioners and Sheriff Landers discussed office options for the Common Pleas adult probation office and also discussed the Sheriff’s 2014 budget. Sheriff Landers also noted his website has a place of anonymous crime tips from residents, saying these tips have been very helpful. He also praised the Endicott Tree Service for taking care of a branch lying on the dog kennel roof. Sheriff Landers also commented on how nice the Paulding County Dog Kennel looks. The improvements to the building itself and the landscaping ‘looks great.’ Most of the supplies and landscaping labor were donated.


Russell Ely, Palmer Conservation Consulting; and Amy Hoffman, Palmer Energy Company - Mr. Ely introduced himself and then explained the function of Palmer Conservation Consulting (PCC). PCC will provide an energy audit and analysis under the terms of the Energy Assessment and Assistance Program. PCC offers technical and administrative assistance to discover where wasted energy dollars are hiding and identifies methods reduce the cost of operating county facilities. Mr. Ely explained how PCC can assist counties in better management of energy consumption in their facilities. The CCAO will cover the cost of the energy assessment, which would result in recommendations and their cost recommendations. Mr. Ely noted that on November 15th rebates for the T-12 light bulbs will end. These need to be replaced with T-8 bulbs. Mr. Ely pointed out that PCC is not a retail business. All upgrades are done by outsourced contractors/electricians.


Lou Ann Wannemacher, County Treasurer - Ms. Wannemacher presented the jail and hospital bonds for signatures. Steve Grassbaugh of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan, and Aronoff, Attorneys at Law is our bond attorney and prepares the necessary paperwork for the bond renewals. The bonds are renewed every two years. Ms. Wannemacher then presented a couple of bills for payment approval.


Shannon Maag and Andrew Warren, Superior Energy Solutions - Mr. Maag and Mr. Warren met with the Commissioners to discuss lighting options for the Courthouse. With the T-12 bulbs not being manufactured any longer, the Courthouse fixtures will have to be upgraded to accommodate T-8 bulbs. Mr. Maag explained the new T-8 bulbs are much more energy efficient and offer brighter, better lighting. He also noted the magnetic ballasts will need to be replaced by electronic ones. The electronic ballasts will be more efficient and wattage use will be reduced. Mr. Maag and Mr. Warren were prepared to analyze and assess the Courthouse needs and make recommendations at no cost. Superior Energy Solutions is a subsidiary of County Electric.


Paulding County Economic Development Board - Mr. Jerry Zielke, Director of the PCED, and several of the board members, along with administrative assistant Pam Miller, met with the Commissioners to discuss the vision of the PCED. Board members in attendance were: Harry Wiebe, Linda Hodges, John Kobee, Mike Kauser, Dennis Recker, and Kathy Cadwallader. Harry Wiebe presented the Commissioners a proposed 2014 budget for PCED totaling $128,593, which included a request for a $60,000 appropriation from the General Fund. Mr. Recker believes Paulding County has a lot to offer. He would like to see a stronger county economy, with more job opportunities. Mr. Zielke noted there are several ‘shovel ready’ properties. He hopes to work with all area CICs, chambers and villages to promote business growth. Mr. Zielke pointed out the important role infrastructure plays when businesses are looking to locate. He also would like to upgrade the website to include photos (some aerial) of available properties for possible development. He intends on searching for grants to assist in funding infrastructure. Mr. Wiebe stated the Board’s desire is to have the director out and about, meeting with company CEOs and landowners with possible business location opportunities. He also remarked that most of the director’s contacts with companies expect confidentiality when discussing business ventures. He also emphasized the importance of Mr. Zielke attending the Maumee Valley Planning Organization meetings. In reviewing the proposed 2014 budget, Board member John Kobee pointed out the differences between the 2013 and 2014 budget allows for the director to attend more trade shows, work on grants, and free him to be out and about to lay the groundwork for business development. The addition of an administrative assistant would relieve the director to be ’present’ in the community. Ms. Hodges noted the desire of the PCED is to work together with other entities to achieve a common goal. Mr. Kauser added the current PCED Board members are diverse and represent various area businesses. Mr. Zielke reported that in the few weeks he has been director, he has made 31 personal contacts, 56 telephone contacts, has spoken with 36 elected officials, as well as 26 job partners. He has also been working in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office and the Paulding County Health Department on grants. Mr. Zielke has also personally presented PCED awards to businesses not able to attend the PCED banquet.