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Commissioners' Journal May 21 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 3:24 PM

Commissioners’ Journal May 21, 2014

This 21st 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.


A motion was made by Mr. Roy Klopfenstein to go into executive session at 8:07 a.m. with the Paulding County Prosecutor to discuss legal matters. The motion was seconded by Mr. Fred Pieper. All members voting yea.

At 8:17 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.



Emily Munger and Tony Gonzales, County Court Probation - Ms. Munger presented a grant agreement awarded to Paulding County Court for the Commissioners’ signatures. She reported this grant originates from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The grant dollars are used to assist local governments in community-based corrections program services designed to reduce or divert the number of persons committed to state penal institutions and/or detained in and/or committed to local corrections agencies. Ms. Munger noted there are other grants she intends to apply for to help fund residential programs and to assist the indigent with court costs. Mr. Gonzales reported there are at least 250 people on the County Court probation program, with 90% of the participants being Paulding County residents.


Aaron Timm, Engineer’s Office - Mr. Timm presented the legal ad and the specifications for the Commissioners’ parking lot project.


Niki Warncke and Liz Keel, Maumee Valley Planning Organization - Ms. Warncke presided over the second public hearing for the FY2014 Community Housing Impact & Preservation (CHIP) program. She reported that the Defiance County, Paulding County, Defiance City consortium is eligible for $1,100,000. She will be applying for the grant on behalf of the consortium. The FY2014 CHIP program is broken down into four activities: 1) Owner Rehabilitation, 2) Owner-occupied Home Repair, 3) Rental Home Repair, 4) and Administration and Fair Housing.


Matt Davis, Maumee Valley Planning Organization - Mr. Davis provided an update on the progress of the Moving Ohio Forward program. This grant was made possible as a result of the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s efforts in a settlement with five of the nation’s largest mortgage holders over foreclosure abuses, fraud, and unfair and deceptive mortgage practices. The funds from these settlements are being funneled back to communities and used to demolish vacant, abandoned and blighted properties that detract from existing home values. Funds were allocated to all 88 counties in Ohio. The allocation formula is based on the percentage of foreclosures filed in each county between 2008 and 2011. Paulding County was awarded $104,296, with no requirement for match dollars. Twenty-seven applications were submitted for consideration. To date, 10 projects have been completed, with one demolition under way and another pending. In March 2014, $7,800 additional grant dollars were allocated to Paulding County. Mr. Davis reported the grant currently has a balance of $5,105.31. He suggested a couple of options to accomplish completing the pending demolition project.