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Commissioners' Journal May 12 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:19 AM

Commissioners’ Journal May 12, 2014

This 12th day of May, 2014, the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Tony Zartman, Roy Klopfenstein, Fred Pieper and Nola Ginter, Clerk.


Sarah Noggle, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Extension Educator; and Staci Hiler, 4-H Youth Development, Program Assistant - Ms. Noggle and Ms. Hiler met with the commissioners to report on the first quarter 2014. They had prepared a PowerPoint presentation and provided handouts for the commissioners’ review.

Ms. Hiler reported on 4-H membership. She noted Paulding County has set a record with 352 members enrolled in 4-H for 2014. Of the 352 members, 96 are new. She began her membership promotions in December with 4-H school visits in the county elementary schools. She noted the state has a new system of enrolling youth in the 4-H Youth Development Program. Once enrolled, it is easier to send information to 4-H youth and volunteers. Ms. Hiler noted it took her about 30 hours to enter the 350 Paulding County 4-H members and 25 volunteers.

Ms. Noggle reported she has a postal mailing list with over 600 producers, businesses, farm managers and agricultural supporters to keep them better informed on agricultural, food and natural resource and extension topics and issues. She also sends a monthly e-mail newsletter to over 400 Paulding agricultural producers and agribusiness partners. Working with Michigan State University, Ms. Noggle was able to secured a $7,500 cover crops grant for Paulding County. This grant is for research and education on cover crops. Ms. Noggle also noted a grant for $1,500 for educational collaboration opportunities with the NOCAC and Headstart of Paulding County, local preschools, and the Paulding County SWCD. This grant was possible through the OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers via the Paulding Putnam Round-Up Grant.

Ms. Hiler noted she sends 250 bi-monthly 4-H newsletters to all 4-H families and volunteers. This newsletter provides information, and reminds 4-H families of important dates and deadlines. Ms. Hiler expressed her appreciation to Ms. Donna Crowley (4-H volunteer) for assisting in the processing of the newsletter. Ms. Hiler announced the 2014 4-H camp at Camp Palmer has been set for July 9-13. She noted there are 32 teen youth that have shown interest in being camp counselors. Camp counselors receive 24 hours of training prior to camp. Training includes basic first aid, behavior management, and communication skills. Ms. Hiler stated 110 4-H members attended camp last year and she is hoping for 125 this year. She writes grants for camp fees for those who may need the financial assistance.

Ms. Noggle then talked about Paulding County Agronomy Day, held January 30. Approximately 100 people were in attendance, including 25 sponsors. Ms. Hiler reported holding 4-H officer training on January 13. Thirty members attended training sessions to learn about their duties as a 4-H club officer. Sessions were taught by Jr. Leaders and other volunteers. An installation ceremony was held at the close of the training session.

Ms. Noggle announced the creation of an Ohio State University Extension Facebook page and Twitter news feed. These will be used for updates and information on agricultural educational topics and issues on the county, state, and national levels. Ms. Noggle also explained the Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry, which develops awareness of a variety of agricultural areas to help keep a safe and viable community. Paulding County has 86 registered bee hive locations and there are 13 apiaries registered. Ms. Noggle reported recertifying over 25 Paulding County farmers for pesticide application. This certification is every three years.

Ms. Hiler reviewed the Maumee Valley EERA annual 4-H Regional Advisor Training. This program educates the 4-H advisors about the 4-H Youth Development Program and other areas that may challenge 4-H club advisors. This year, the session focused on how to incorporate parents in the traditional club setting to make their 4-H club even stronger, through parent involvement. Ms. Hiler also noted she has been very proactive in writing articles in both local newspapers to explain and educate the public about 4-H.

Ms. Noggle explained the Master Gardener volunteer training. This year the training was focused around vegetable crop production. Paulding County current has 12 Master Gardener volunteers who meet monthly and plan community service.

Ms. Hiler continued by reviewing the Quality Assurance program. Jr. Fair exhibitors are required to attend this training to qualify to exhibit at the county fair. This year’s program focused on educating youth about livestock production through the use of an appropriate veterinarian/client/patient relationship as a tool for making appropriate medication decisions for their 4-H animal’s well-being.

Ms. Noggle remarked she has been fielding a lot of questions via phone calls and e-mails regarding cash rental rates, farm land leases, and succession planning and pesticide recertification.

Ms. Hiler educated the commissioners on the Chick Quest School Enrichment Program. She reported over 120 third graders recently participated in this 4-H school enrichment program. Chick Quest is a classroom journey through the life cycle of a chicken. This program challenges elementary students to use science, technology and engineering to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic egg.

Ms. Noggle and Ms. Hiler will be meeting with the commissioners quarterly with updates to the services provided by the Paulding County Extension Office.


Becky Suvar, WMEA - Ms. Suvar met with the commissioners to express some concerns about the WMEA program assisting the Paulding County Board of Election in transporting the voting machines to the polling sites. The commissioners were receptive to her comments and advised her to communicate her intentions to the board of elections.


Corey Walker, Defiance/Paulding Consolidated JFS - Mr. Walker reported the air conditioning unit in the Harrison Street building in Paulding needs a fan motor. He will get estimates for the commissioners’ review. Mr. Walker updated the commissioners on the status of Area 7. He sees the merger going through. Mr. Walker also reported Ms. Jill Poppe of Maximus will be sending a letter explaining the run-out owed to Paulding County from before the consolidation of Defiance County and Paulding County JFS.


Ben and Steve Moore - The commissioners continued their discussion with the Moores regarding tiling the fields surrounding the Jacob Eaton Children’s Home.