Commissioners talk airport, animal shelter

GREENVILLE—The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the airport and the animal shelter. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were present.

The board approved Resolutin (R-291-2022), to transfer $360 out of the Darke County Animal Shelter general fund to refund four recent dog adoptions. The four adopted puppies tested positive for parvo shortly after being adopted.

Parvo is a highly contagious virus with symptoms that include diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, and fever, and it is fatal if left untreated. Puppies are the most prone to the virus, which is preventable by vaccination.

Next, the commissioners approved Resolution (R-294-2022), $169,208 increase in revenue and appropriation regarding the Darke County Board of Elections August Primary. The funds were provided by a new state grant.

Commissioner Matt Aultman noted that it’s very common for elections to cost a lot of money. A previous special election regarding the schools costed around $60,000. Election costs include office help, pollworker salary, medicare, office supplies, contract service, pollworker fees, advertising, employee reimbursement and other operation fees.

Lastly, the board approved a Fixing of Date for rebids regarding the Darke County Aiport Terminal Area Development.

The board previously received one sealed bid from the Westerheide Construction Company, of Sidney, for terminal area development at the Darke County Airport. The project includes furnishing all labor, materials and equipment, as well as performing all work necessary for the construction of the new terminal building along with associated site improvements, parking lot and all utility coordination and installation.

Due to a change in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) obstruction evaluation height, the current terminal does not meet FAA standards.

The project is funded largely by the FAA Airport Improvement (AIP) Grant. The engineer’s previous estimate for the project was $1,312,000. The bid from Westerheide was $2,679,000.

The Darke County Airport in Versailles, is one of two airports in Ohio that will receive federal funds from the Airport Terminal Program under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The airport will receive around $1.3 million to construct a new terminal building.

The most recent engineer’s estimate of the probable construction is $1,900,000. Sealed bids will be received until 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Bids will be read publicly at 1:30 p.m. that same day at regular session.

A complete set of bid documents can be found at www.questCDN.com under login using QuestCDN #8270948 for a non-refundable charge of $15.

A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022 at the existing Darke County Airport terminal, located at 9724 OH-121, Versailles, Ohio 45380. Site visits may be coordinated by Airport Manager Scott Naas at 937-526-9126. Contract questions can be directed to Mr. Ben Cooley of Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Inc. at 614-468-1205 or bcooley@cmtengr.com.

After the meeting, the board discussed a new frame on display in the administration building. The board recently asked all 20 of the Darke County fire and rescue departments, and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, for a patch their station. The framework was done by Granny’s Corner of Greenville.

The board said the goal of the project was to create county cohesiveness in the building. They previously collected and displayed football helmets from all of the Darke County high school football teams in the building as well.

Commissioner Aultman said in the future they hope to collect art from each school district in Darke County to display.

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.

Patches from Darke County rescue and fire departments, and the Darke County Sheriff's Office displayed in the administration building. Framework by Granny's Corner of Greenville.

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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