On Monday, April 14, Preble County Commissioners met with Kyle Cross, Preble County Engineer, to discuss his monthly updates.
Cross said work is continuing on Seven Mile Bridge. Commissioners approved the purchase of more road-name signs for the Engineer’s Office. Cross thanked the commissioners for passing Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) Issue 1, “everybody has benefited” from the issue, said Cross.
“Every village, township, and city, county has all gotten something back out of the program,” said Cross.
Commissioners also met with David Anderson from the Preble County EMA for a monthly update. Anderson attended various meetings such as one about the Lakengren dam, Safe Community Days, and a Spring Director’s Conference. The EMA is searching for an affordable MARCS Radio system for the department’s vehicles. Commissioners are also discussing replacing the department’s fleet.
“There comes a point in time with a vehicle, when you need to start looking at what to be replaced because it becomes a maintenance issue. I’d be curious on a vehicle that’s used like this, I gotta think that these are mostly road miles … I would start doing my homework on that,” said Commissioner Chris Day.
Commissioners entered executive session to discuss employment of a county employee, with no action taken.
On Wednesday, April 16, commissioners discussed the high-levels of E.coli in the Glenwood area with Sanitary Engineer Randy Gilbert.
“The sampling the EPA has done to date is enough to identify a problem,” said Gilbert. “We need to do more sampling in order to figure out the specific area involved.” Commissioner Chris Day said, “I think you need to get with the Health Department and find out what they’ve got. They’ve obviously got some data, and then formulate a plan to see where … sources that they’ve sampled, what directions they go so you can go in and start identifying those areas … because I don’t think they have their map marked correctly … so we need to confirm where they’re saying the sampled to where they had on that map.”
“If we get involved in this, we need to make sure we take care of the whole problem,” said Gilbert. Commissioner Day suggested meeting with all township boards in the area, collecting data, and then formulate a plan to fix the issue. Bringing in a college intern to assist with paperwork and data entry was also discussed.
Tim Geney spoke regarding license fees which are being put upon the public dependant upon the township. “Businesses aren’t opposed to tax increases, per se, because they have the ability to pass it on. Residents don’t have that ability. They’re stuck with it; which brings me to a second thing. I understand we’re having trouble with the landfill, again … The biggest complaint comes from the businesses because the assessment they’re having to pay,” said Geney. Geney said companies are able to raise their prices to offset the costs of the Landfill assessment costs.
Geney believes the Commissioners involvement with the Chamber of Commerce is a conflict of interest. “So many times the Chamber of Commerce comes out in favor of things, like building the new school here in Eaton. Some of the people that are on the Chamber of Commerce, I come to find out, yeah, want the new school because they sell insurance … and yet, the public has to pay for all these things all the time, and the public’s not being represented,” said Geney.
Commissioner Denise Robertson said, “I would see my role on the chamber as the representative of the people … And I will say we are trying to come up with a plan to generate more income at the Landfill to start lowering assessments.” Commissioner Chris Day stated the Landfill has been an “ongoing project” and many strides have been made to gradually decrease the assessment costs.
Commissioners met with a representative from MicroFilm to discuss the quarterly update. The MicroFilm Office scanned a total of 110,674 images since their last meeting with the commissioners. A MicroFilm scanner was installed in the office in January, and they have received compliments from customers on the improved quality of images.
Commissioners also met with Gilbert and Beth Wright regarding the Sanitary Engineer’s Monthly meeting. Wright will be visited four different schools to discuss Earth Day, which was Tuesday, April 22. PBM camp will be held Thursday, May 8.
Sanitary landfill tonnages are down for the month of April, which Randy Gilbert believes is due to cold weather. The leachate meter-reader is “grossly” under-reading due to it’s failure, according to Gilbert. Parts to repair the reader have been shipped to the landfill. The reader is currently reading one-thirteenth flow as it should. “Lakengren is obviously concerned because they’ve missed out on some major billings at this point,” said Gilbert. “I don’t have any clue if it was a sudden change, or if it was a gradual change.” Sampling wells at the landfill have passed quality testing.