GREENVILLE— The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Thursday afternoon to talk Constitution Week, The Ohio State University Extension and community housing. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were present.
Prior to the start of the session, the board proclaimed the week of Sept. 17 to Sept. 23 as “Constitution Week” in Darke County. This year marks the 235th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.
In the proclamation, the board stated it is fitting to accord official recognition to the, “magnificent document and its memorable anniversary, and to the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion.”
In attendance for the signing of the proclamation were members of the Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution.
During the meeting, Agriculture and Natural Resources educator at the Ohio State Ext. updated the board on some of their recent activities.
The extension has been winding down, and in a recovery period since the 2022 Darke County Fair. However, they will have the Farm Science Revue next week. Dill said she will be in attendance every day, and all OSU Ext. educators will be in attendance at least once during the week.
Agriculture and Natural Resources will host a Soil Field Day at Aultman Farms on Sept. 29. The event will include a soil pit demo, drone cover crop broadcast demo as well as speakers on soil health testing and weed control.
Family and Consumer Sciences will start Tai Chi for Arthritis back up online, from Sept. 19 to Nov. 2, at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Tai Chi for Arthritis class in person at the Brain Health Fair on Sept. 24 from 9 am to 1 p.m. They will also have another Shared Harvest food pantry event on Sept. 21 at Ansonia Local Schools from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Dill added that she has an upcoming cover crop strip trial that she will be working on with soybean specialist Laura Lindsey. The goal of the project is to quantify the stress mitigation that cover crops can supply for the spring planted crop.
She is allowed an unlimited amount of Darke County farmers for the project, she currently has two and is looking for more. Any additional farmers interested in participating in the project contact Dill at email@example.com.
Lastly, the board approved a Fixing of Date/Notice of Public Hearing for the Community Housing Impact and Preservation – Lead Abatement Program (CHIP-LAP). The programs were created in collaboration with the Ohio Dept. of Health tom award supplemental funds on a competitive basis to CHIP grantees who are utilizing CHIP-LAP funds. The financial assistance with CHIP-funded grantees is for eliminating lead-based paint hazards.
The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 1:30 p.m. during the board regular session at which time the County will inform communities and citizens about the eligible activities and supplemental program requirements for the CHIP-LAP Progam.
The board holds regular session every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at 520 South Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331. For more information contact the commissioner’s office at 937-547-7370.