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Commissioners' Journal May 14 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:33 AM

Commissioners’ Journal May 14, 2014

This 14th 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.

MEETING NOTES OF APPOINTMENTS

Luke Jackson – Mr. Jackson met with the Commissioners to discuss his Eagle Scout project. He plans to landscape the four corners of the Courthouse Square. He reported he has raised a portion of the projected cost. Luke would like to start the project this weekend and hopes to have it completed by Memorial Day.

 

Bob Arend and Brion Hanenkratt - Mr. Arend acknowledged receipt of the change in radio frequency the commissioners applied for through the FCC. He noted that moving forward we need information on the programming of the current radios, as some will need to be reprogrammed. Mr. Hanenkratt remarked that though using MARCS would be great, he realizes the user fees and the cost of new radios would be prohibitive for the county. Mr. Arend reminded the commissioners and Mr. Hanenkratt that radio service from inside any steel building will be an issue no matter what system is being used. His topographic study showed weak spots on the east and southeast sections of the county. Mr. Hanenkratt suggested putting new repeaters in the vehicles and using the changed frequency for a trial run. Mr. Arend and Mr. Hanenkratt will work on reprogramming the radios that need it. Mr. Arend will work with ERS to order repeaters.

 

Brenda Crawford, Board of Elections - Ms. Crawford talked to the commissioners about the ADA project at the OSU Extension Building. The Extension Building serves as a voting precinct and needs to be better handicapped accessible. The Board of Elections has secured a grant to help fund the project. Ms. Crawford will research the grant criteria to see if matching funds are necessary.

 

Travis McGarvey, County Engineer - Mr. McGarvey and the commissioners discussed various “sharing” opportunities with ODOT at their Paulding location.

 

Jason Landers, County Sheriff - Sheriff Landers reported his office administrative assistant (Jennifer Wiswell) has been applying for a variety of grants to purchase equipment, tactical team equipment, etc. He commended Ms. Wiswell for her efforts, stating the grant dollars are out there and she has made the time to do the paperwork and apply for them.

Mr. Landers provided a budget update with projections to year-end. He reported his staff just recently completed mandatory training. Sheriff Landers noted there were 125 inmates housed at the Putnam County Jail in the first quarter 2014, serving a total of 1,795 days. He pointed out the savings with the set rate ($62,500/quarter), compared to the daily rate ($55 x 1,795 days = $98,725).

Sheriff Landers discussed the possibility of including a jail operating levy on the fall ballot. He would appreciate public input and will be gathering data to educate and inform voters. His goal is not to “candy coat” the issue; but, instead make everyone aware of the responsibilities, pros and cons, and costs relating to the maintaining and operating of the jail. He would like for the public to know the facts before casting their vote at the polls.

Sheriff Landers thanked the commissioners for suggesting the move of the Common Pleas Adult Probation Office to his office. He commented it has improved communication, continuity and accountability.

Landers noted storage of records is becoming a challenge. There are paper records prior to 2000 that are permanent and, because these records are information sensitive, the need for additional secured storage is a concern.

Sheriff Landers then discussed the dog kennel operations. He reported Deputy Mark Rassman has responded to at least 432 calls since he began his dog warden duties last July. Reports in the form of graphs were reviewed comparing the number of dog-related calls to other calls as they came in through the sheriff’s dispatchers. Sheriff Landers complimented his deputies in the timely handling of these calls. He also noted that documenting the calls has been key to caller satisfaction and follow-up.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Mr. Roy Klopfenstein to go into executive session at 8:03 a.m. with the Paulding County Prosecutor to discuss legal matters. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fred Pieper. All members voting yea.

At 8:14 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.

 

IN THE MATTER OF AMENDING THE 2014 ANNUAL APPROPRIATION (FUND 001-021)

Mr. Fred Pieper moved to adopt the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby direct the County Auditor to amend the 2014 Annual Appropriation by appropriating the following, to-wit;

001-021-00003/General Fund/Health and Welfare/Handicapped Children AMOUNT: $27,336.55

 

IN THE MATTER OF AMENDING THE 2014 ANNUAL APPROPRIATION (FUND 089)

Mr. Fred Pieper moved to adopt the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby direct the County Auditor to amend the 2014 Annual Appropriation by appropriating the following in the Prisoners’ Subdivision Fund (Fund 089), to-wit;

089-001-00001/Prisoners’ Subdivision/Prisoners’ Housing Expense AMOUNT: $1,000

 

IN THE MATTER OF ISSUING A WARRANT TO THE OSU EXTENSION BUILDING FUND (FUND 042)

Mr. Fred Pieper moved to adopt the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby direct the County Auditor to issue a warrant payable to the OSU Extension Building Fund (Fund 042) to cover the general expenses at the OSU Extension Building, in the amount of $10,000.