Commissioners offer equipment to villages

By Kelsey Kimbler -

EATON — The Preble County Sheriff Office is working on giving ownership of VHF radio systems to various county entities.

During a Preble County Commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12, Clerk Kim Keller informed the board the sheriff has sent out a letter regarding the five VHF radio systems on water towers in the county.

He is looking to give ownership of those systems to villages for use.

If the entities do not accept the gift, then the county will have to remove the radio systems for approximately $2,500 per system.

Several villages have accepted ownership of the radio systems, but the Village of Camden has not yet responded to the request. If the county does not hear from them soon, they will have to remove the system from the water tower.

There is a VHF radio system on a tower owned by PNR. The county cannot give the system to them, they would have to sell the system to PNR. Commissioners agreed to sell the system to PNR for the price of removal.

The board of commissioners received a letter from the company who has the radio tower at the fairgrounds. The company has to pay the county rent for that space. They are offering to pay $1,730 a month for 10 years in lieu of rent, which would be a total pay out of $207,600, or they will give a one time payment of $158,781.

However, according to Keller, commission staff has already worked out projected rent for the next several years. In 2019, their rent is projected to increase and continue to go up. Through the next 15 years, the county would get $218,644 from the company, which is more than they are offering.

Commissioners agreed to keep the current agreement.

In other business:

•Commissioners approved an LP gas system equipment agreement with Wood Propane for a new gas tank at the Dog Warden’s office. This gas tank allows the Dog Warden to run his new furnace.

•Commissioners noted receipt of a report from the Ohio EPA referencing Phase 2B2 Certification Concurrence for the Landfill.

•Commissioners noted receipt of an executed agreement referencing a Marcs Radios Intergovernmental agreement between the board of Preble County Commissioners and the board of Darke County Commissioners.

•Commissioners noted receipt of and approved a New Paris East Cherry St. Reconstruction Project agreement with Prograde Excavation and Demolition, LLC for CDBG FY17 Critical Infrastructure ($280,000), OPWC and New Paris ($246,352.44).

The Preble County Board of Commissioners meets ever Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Preble County Courthouse Commissioners Chambers 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