Commissioners talk OSU extension, Darke County Board of DD

GREENVILLE— The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Monday afternoon to discuss The Ohio State University Extension, the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office and the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were all present.

Rhonda Williams, 4-H Youth Development Educator at the Ohio State Extension, updated the board on the extension’s recent activities. She told the board that the “Hands Across the Darke” program assembled 50 care packages that were distributed to first responders at Union City Fire and Police Departments, North Star Fire, Rossburg Fire and Greenville Township Rescue.

She added that the Family & Consumer Sciences program hosted classes at New Madison Public Library and Worch Memorial Public Library earlier this month, such as Sharing Personal Treasures and Air Fryer Basics.

Lastly, she informed the board that Taylor Dill in the Agriculture & Natural Resources program has assisted clientele in the office, on farms, homes and on the phone in areas such as: cash rent, land values, recertification, custom rates, forage testing, interpreting soil and forage tests, nitrogen management, agriculture employee law, farm tax law, farm budgets and leasing and corn and soybean maturity and population decisions.

Next, the board approved an application to employ Anthony E. Kendall, Miami County Prosecuting Attorney, or any of his assistant prosecuting attorneys that he may designate,  as legal counsel to assist Kelly Ormsby, III, Darke County Prosecuting Attorney.

Prosecuting Attorney Ormsby told the board that the Sheriff informed him of an incident at the Darke County Jail recently, and that he required outside counsel to investigate a deputy’s conduct.

The board approved Resolution, (R-422-2021), declaring it necessary to levy a renewal tax (Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities). The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities passed a resolution on Nov. 18 2021 requesting the board to seek voter approval to renew all of the existing levy for the purpose of providing for the operation of community programs and services authorized by county boards of developmental disabilities.

The levy is 10 years, and $2 million, and because it’s a renewal, there will be no increase in taxes.

Lastly, The board approved Resolution, (R-423-2021), declaring intent to proceed with election of a renewal tax (Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities). The board passed the “resolution of necessity” for the purpose of providing for the operation of community programs and services authorized by county boards of developmental, for the acquisition, construction, renovation , financing, maintenance and operation of developmental disabilities facilities.

After the meeting, the board congratulated outgoing Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent Mike Beasecker on his upcoming retirement.

“What you’ve done for our community is phenomenal,” Commissioner Aultman said. “The care and passion you have for all of the folks you deal with and all of the folks in this community, it’s far beyond what makes Darke County great. We’re going to miss you. I’m going to miss you.”

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, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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