Commissioners talk public defender commission, solar farms

GREENVILLE—The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Monday afternoon to discuss the public defender commission and solar farms. Commissioners Matt Aultman and Larry Holmes were present. Commissioner Mike Stegall was absent.

The board approved Resolution (R-393-2021), to fund the Public Defender Commission for 2022. The funding is to start in January 2022.

Next, the board heard several concerns from the public regarding the upcoming solar farms project. Concerns heard ranged from water pollution, to property value.

Commissioner Aultman acknowledged the numerous concerns and said that nearly one third of the commissioners’ day is spent on the solar farms project.

“We’re doing what we can do within our roles,” Commissioner Holmes said. “It doesn’t mean we aren’t concerned.”

Apex Clean Energy will hold its first open house meeting for the project on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at J&J Enterprises, which is located at 3875 OH-502, Greenville, Ohio. The board will hold a public hearing, similar to a ditch hearing, for the project sometime between Dec. and January.

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

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