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Commissioners' Journal Oct. 16 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:58 AM

Commissioners’ Journal October 16, 2013

This 16th day of October, 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. Roy Klopfenstein to go into executive session at 8:06 a.m. with the Paulding County Prosecutor to discuss legal matters. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fred Pieper. All members voting yea.

At 8:32 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.



Mr. Tony Zartman moved to adopt the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby direct the County Auditor to amend the 2013 Annual Appropriation by appropriating the Permissive Tax Fund (Fund 024), to-wit;

024-001-00001/Permissive Tax/Permissive Tax Expense     AMOUNT: $9,954



Mr. Tony Zartman moved to adopt the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby direct the County Auditor to amend the 2013 Annual Appropriation by appropriating the Permissive Tax Fund (Fund 024), to-wit;

024-001-00001/Permissive Tax/Permissive Tax Expense     AMOUNT: $12,269.01



Payne Village, a municipal corporation within the County of Paulding, hereby makes application for funds available under Section 4504.05 of the Revised Code of Ohio, to plan, construct, improve, maintain, or repair the following streets within the municipality shown on a map presented to the Paulding County Engineer.

Total amount of estimated cost of construction: $30,026.60

Amount available according to vehicle registration $ 9,954.00

Application date: October 10, 2013 Cheryl Halter, Fiscal Officer Village of Payne

I, Travis McGarvey, Engineer of Paulding County, hereby grant the foregoing request of the Village of Payne in the amount of $9,954. Approval date: October 10, 2013 Travis McGarvey, Paulding County Engineer

Commissioners order to pay Payne Village. The Auditor is hereby authorized to issue a warrant to Payne Village in the amount of $9,954.00 in conformance with Section 4505.05 of the Revised Code of Ohio, to be paid from the Municipal Permissive Tax Fund.



Mr. Roy Klopfenstein moved to adopt the following resolution;

WHEREAS, proposals were received for the FY 2012 Paulding County Senior Center Vehicle Purchase; and

WHEREAS, after review of the aforementioned proposals, Maumee Valley Planning Organization has recommended bid be awarded to National Bus Sales & Leasing Inc., Marietta GA 30062-3170; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby award the FY 2012 Paulding County Senior Center Vehicle Purchase to National Bus Sales & Leasing, Inc., in the amount of $48,037, with CDBG funds in the amount of $15,000.00 allocated to the project. Costs above and beyond the $15,000 will be the responsibility of the Paulding County Senior Center.



Jerry Zielke, Paulding County Economic Development - Mr. Zielke reported he is in the process of completing the Call for Projects Letter he received from Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO). As part of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), MVPO is requesting completion of the Call for Projects Questionnaire by key people from the five-county area they serve. Questionnaires are due to MVPO by Oct. 18 to be considered for inclusion in the 2013 annual report to the United States Economic Development Administration. Mr. Zielke indicated he would submit several questionnaires, mostly focusing on much-needed infrastructure projects that are necessary for Paulding County’s future economic growth. Mr. Zielke reported the rail line between Cecil and Defiance recently opened for use. He noted there will be a switch siting west of Cecil to ensure individual rail cars are off the main line. Mr. Zielke reporting having met with Otto Gerdemann to discuss the progress with the Cecil sewer system. He also noted several short-term goals, such as attending village council and area chamber meetings, increasing mailing list to encourage membership dues, and upgrading the RLF application to a more professional look.


Lou Ann Wannemacher, County Treasurer - Ms. Wannemacher presented her monthly investment report for September 30, 2013. She reported total investments of $9,034,259.23, estimating that of that total, just over $1,000,000 is general fund money. Ms. Wannemacher noted she will be attending a Treasurers’ conference and open records training in November. She then reviewed the foreclosure listing, stating it usually takes between nine months to a year to process the listing. The First Financial Bank fee charge was submitted for payment approval. Ms. Wannemacher reported she is still working with State Bank on the recent transition from First Financial Bank.


Claudia Fickel, County Auditor - Ms. Fickel presented General Fund Receipts and Expenses reports for September, 2013. General Fund Receipts were down from last month and September, 2012, mostly due to the local government funds not being received yet. Ms. Fickel also noted the refund from Bureau of Workmen’s Comp was distributed to the various entitled entities. General Fund Expenses were down from August, 2013; however, up from September 2013. In lieu of the County having to ‘bid out’ their 2013 audit, Ms. Fickel shared a listing of independent auditors approved by the state auditors. She announced a pre-audit selection conference with the state auditor this Friday. The bidding process will be handled through the state auditor’s office. Ms. Fickel reported on the recent budget commission meeting. The budget commission consists of the County Auditor, County Treasurer, and Prosecuting Attorney. They have estimated an increase in the general fund revenue of $300,000 for 2014. Their estimation is based on an increase in conveyance fees, a steady increase in sales tax in 2013, an increase in county court costs and fines, and a slight increase, resulting from the difference between the underestimated revenue from casinos and the revenue from the wind farms.  Ms. Fickel reported she will be distributing the special and general fund expense worksheets for the 2014 budget by Nov. 1.


Christina Kuchle, Northwest Region Assistant Scenic Rivers Manager, Division of Watercraft, Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Ms. Kuchle introduced herself and explained the Ohio Division of Watercraft is responsible for implementing Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program. The program originated in 1968 with the passage of the nation’s first scenic river protection legislation, which can be found in the Ohio Revised Code, Section 1547.01. The program works with local landowners, citizen groups, conservation organizations, and all levels of government to identify and protect Ohio’s rivers and streams. There are currently 800 miles on 14 rivers in Ohio designated as part of the Scenic Rivers System. In Paulding County, the Maumee River is designated as scenic and recreational. As an Assistant Rivers Manager, Ms. Kuchle takes advantage of opportunities to educate the public on water quality and refers to Ohio EPA reports to monitor the river and stream water. She reports the general trend is what water qualify of scenic rivers is improving. She also noted that log jambs are a problem with water flow.


Becky Suvar, Waster Management and Education Awareness - Ms. Suvar reported she learned she will only be receiving $50,000 from the Four-County Solid Waste District for her 2014 budget. She has carry-over funds and asked the Commissioners for permission to utilize some of those funds to make up her 2014 difference. Ms. Suvar commented she had recently recycled tires to the Henry County landfill. She noted she charges consumers by the tire and Henry County landfill charges by the pound. Ms. Suvar remarked she had recently attended a policy committee meeting.