Preble County Commissioners prepare to switch to prospective paying system on loss claims

By Austin Schmidt - [email protected]

EATON — On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Preble County Commissioners met with Bruce Perry from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation to discuss worker loss claims.

The meeting comes as the county prepares to switch from a retrospective paying system to a prospective paying system.

A retrospective plan requires payment at the end of the year while the prospective plan requires payment prior to the year. Perry told commissioners the new payment plan should help keep rates down.

Perry also told commissioners the county will receive a 50 percent rebate on each year to keep the county from paying for two years at once. He also said the rebate comes from surplus in premiums already paid by the county.

According to Perry, the county is currently a credit-rated customer.

In other business, Commissioner Rodney Creech said he recently met with members of the senior fair board to discuss the next round of renovations at the fairgrounds. Creech said the board should be making a decision on the final plans in the coming weeks.

According to Creech, some of the ideas discussed in the meeting include electrical work, a PA system and the possibility of adding an office and meeting room extension on the expo building.

None of these plans are official, according to Creech, who said the board was simply “brainstorming” to help speed up the process should another grant for renovations be awarded.

Commissioner Denise Robertson asked the commissioners to help sponsor STOMP Addiction’s Color Your World Drug Free Logan’s Run, a 5K run/walk on Oct. 24 to raise money and awareness in Preble County for drug recovery and education.

Robertson also spoke about S.A.P.P’s upcoming town hall meeting at the Preble County Council of Aging on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Commissioner Chris Day said he recently met with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as the group continues to try to develop more of presence in Preble County. According to Day, there are 250 kids in Preble County who are candidates for the program.

Commissioners received the monthly jail report from Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson, who reported 102 male inmates, 24 females and 121 releases for the month. The daily average was 57 and the jail served 5,375 meals.

Commissioners signed six service agreements for Children Services placement costs, including an increase of $20,000 to Christian Children’s Home, One Way Farm for $14,500, David L. Brown for $17,350, $19,200 for Wernle Youth Center, $20,000 for Mary Haven Youth Center and $50,000 for LHS Family and Youth Services.

Commissioners signed two service agreements for Home Repair between W. Ripley and Don’s Heating, Plumbing and Electric for $5,877 and L. Thompson and Shetter Heating and Air for $5,175.

The Preble County Commissioners meet every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Preble County Courthouse.

By Austin Schmidt

[email protected]

Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.

Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.