Preble County Commissioners met Feb. 3 and 5 to discuss a variety of topics, including the Local Government Innovation Fund.
On Monday, Feb. 3, the board met with Nicole Brent, the supervisor for the Local Government Innovation Fund and Thea Walsh, the Deputy Chief of Redevelopment, from the LGIF program concerning grant information as well as combining dispatch for the City of Eaton and the county.
The Local Government Innovation Fund is an initiative to “motivate and help communities work together,” said Walsh. Grant money found in the program is for feasibility or planning documents, in that you are not able to buy “things” with the money, but one would be able to buy services or time (time to produce planning documents.) The innovation fund or the efficiency program are options for people to use to come together on a common goal as a community. Four funding cycles per year occur for the LGIF, and every three months applications are submitted. Some three months later, applications may be approved.
The program was met with both support and opposition in regard to a feasibility study, however, commissioners agreed to further explore data regarding the results of previously completed feasibility studies.
The commissioners also heard from Mark Zappe, Todd Fall, and Zach Thomas, from Johnson Controls, regarding an energy audit. The county is considering taking on a capital project in the courthouse by replacing the windows to save in energy funds.
“I’ve seen the worst of the worst… I’ve seen a lot,” Zappe said, in terms of windows he has replaced in the past. Commissioners discussed the need to replace the windows, and the roof of the courthouse in the future.
Commissioners will go through a competitive process to select the best plan for the courthouse. The board will draft a letter allowing Johnson Controls to begin the preliminary process of the project.
The board also met with Sheriff Mike Simpson regarding classification and pay adjustments. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine had signed an outline regarding the transportation of inmates to wherever deemed necessary (i.e. hospital, court, etc.). Those in charge of the transportation would be considered “Deputy Sheriffs”, also being called “Deputy Two” (whom are sworn in accordingly), based on the opinion of Attorney General DeWine. The liability of the position was taken into consideration, as was the appropriate pay.
In other business Feb. 3:
* The board approved Resolution #116 regarding the authorization of an expenditure of $33,358.85 to TopCon GR-5 GPS Surveying Unit from Landfill.
*The board approved Resolution #120 regarding the authorization of the expenditure of $5,000 for the emergency repair of Leachate Line from the Landfill Department.
* The Board noted receipt of an application from LCNB National Bank regarding the application for deposit of County Funds.
*The Board approved by signing a contract regarding the Recording Secretary and stenographer for the Preble County Planning, Rural Zoning and Board of Zoning Appeals personal services contract with Joan Moore for $3,600 for Land Use Management.
*The Board approved a memorandum of agreement with LCNB National Bank for deposit of County Funds for the period of Aug. 27, 2012 to Aug. 26, 2016.
On Wednesday, Feb. 5:
*The Board heard Zoning Case #1358 presented by Brad Kramer of Kramer and Associates, who represented siblings, Daniel Swihart and Deanna Wentz. Swihart and his wife currently live in their late parents’ home, and would like to remain in residence there. The board approved the case.
*The Board heard Zoning Case #1359, a case regarding the Commissioners’ desire to make changes to the amendment regarding the Rural Zoning Resolution to clarify from which points on someone’s property create a rear yard, front yard, and side yard. The board approved the case.
*The Board heard Zoning Case #1360, a case regarding the Commissioners’ application to amend the Rural Zoning Resolution of Preble County in order to reflect a change made to the Ohio Revised Code 303.12 which permits the Board to have a majority vote versus a unanimous vote where the Board votes to overturn the actions of the Preble County Rural Zoning Commission’s recommendation. The Board approved the case.
*The Board held a Public Hearing regarding FY14 with CDBG regarding the critical infrastructure. The program was met with no opposition.
*The Board went into Executive Session with Becky Sorrell to discuss the possible disciplinary action against a county employee. The board approved a noticeof paid administrative leave pending an ongoing investigation for a county employee.