Commissioners talk American Rescue Plan, solar farms

The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the American Rescue Plan, the county budget and solar farms. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were present.

The board approved Resolution (R-285-2021), for the Federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) grant to increase revenue and appropriations. Estimated revenue increases for the ARP grant are $4,964,050.50 and total appropriation increases for ARP grant consultant services are $193,200. The consultant services will include aid from legal and accounting firms to insure the grant funds are used appropriately.

Next, the board approved a 30 percent apportionment of the local government monies for the year of 2022. The 2022 local government fund is $452,620.71. The board advised the accepting percentage share of the local government fund has been 30 percent for around 20 years. Commissioner Stegall added that it’s been the percentage share for as long as he’s been in office, and that it’s something he’s proud of.

Next, APEX Ohio Field Manager Tyler Fehrman and Development Associate Jessica Walsh attended the session to update the board on the upcoming solar farms project in Darke County.

Walsh told the board APEX plans to start wetland and cultural studies at the end of harvest this fall. Afterward, she added that the team will start on the state applications for the project, in order to have them ready to submit sometime around January or February 2022.

At the moment, the project includes 2400 acres, but Walsh told the commissioners that once the wetland and cultural studies are complete this fall, a clearer picture will be given as far as land.

Prior to submitting project applications, Fehrman advised the board that APEX will hold multiple open houses and public hearings for the Darke County community at the end of this year around November 2021.

The Darke County Board of Commissioners hold regular session every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at 520 South Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331. For more information contact the commissioner’s office at 937-547-7370.

Abigail Miller / Editor

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

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