Commissioners approve inmate housing funds

By Kelsey Kimbler -

EATON — During their meeting on Wednesday, May 30, the Preble County Commissioners authorized an expenditure of $20,000 for Mercer County, for prisoner housing. This expenditure brings the total inmate housing for 2018 up to $80,000.

Commissioner Rodney Creech noted the total expenditure will be up to $100,000 by July.

Commissioners also accepted a road vacation petition for Old Ohio 725, in Somers Township. The board approved a resolution establishing the time of view and necessary hearing for vacating this road and approved a legal ad, regarding the notice of road vacation viewing and hearing.

The viewing will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 1 p.m. and hearing will be held on Wednesday, June 20 at 10 a.m.

David Anderson with Preble County EMA attended the meeting for his monthly report. He said the mitigation plans were put on hold due to the LEPC exercise, but they will be holding another planning meeting soon.

There was an issue with the EOC Amateur Radio Communication Project. They never got the needed quotes and ran out of time to complete the project. However, the project can be done on next years EMPG, but Anderson does not know how much he will get next year. They are waiting for additional information and Anderson expects that information by the end of June.

In other business, commissioners approved:

•New hire Justin Newton as a part-time intermittent deputy for the Sheriff’s Office.

•New hires Griffin Lammers and Jordan Lewis for seasonal/intermittent employment with the Preble County Engineer.

The Preble County Board of Commissioners meets every Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m., unless noted otherwise.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH