Commissioners talk public depositories, thank law enforcement

by | Sep 29, 2021 | Commissioners, Darke County News, Greenville, Local News

The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Wednesday afternoon to discuss public depositories and the Darke County Airport. Commissioners Matt Aultman and Mike Stegall were present. Commissioner Larry Holmes was absent.

The board declared Park National Bank, of Greenville, as the continued depository for the active checking account with deposit amounts based on a Memorandum of Agreement with Darke County.

In addition, the commissioners declared that the other banks for depository funds will be Fifth Third, Greenville National Bank, Park National Bank, Osgood State Bank, Farmers State Bank, Mercer Savings Bank, Greenville Federal Savings & Loan and US Bank-Versailles Branch with deposit amounts based on Memorandum of Agreement between Darke County and each banking institution.

Darke County Treasurer Scott Zumbrink thanked all of the banks involved.

“I want to thank all of those banks for actually submitting bids,” he said. “I can’t say enough about all of our banking institutions.”

Next, the board approved Resolution (R-322-2021), to advance $820,978.57 to cover the seventh Great Lakes construction payment for the taxiway project at the Darke County Airport. The revenue will advance back once it’s received.

The taxiway project is completed, and the board informed that there will be a ribbon cutting at the airport on Friday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the completion of the project.

The board approved a quote and agreement from Motorola Solutions, Inc. to purchase a 911 console for the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. The new console will cost $50,000 and complete the dispatch center at the sheriff’s office. Currently, the dispatch only has three working consoles, however, the dispatch center was made for four consoles. This new console will allow for four dispatchers in the center.

“The good news is that we’ve had quite a few people apply for jobs,” Commissioner Aultman said. “We’re getting new dispatchers in place so when they take the training wheels off we have the ability to put a fourth person on.”

The commissioners approved a two-year Professional Services Agreement for clinical services with Beacon Counseling & Consultation, of Greenville, to have a licensed  social worker present at Michael’s Resource and Treatment Center for 20 hours and on call with the center for 24 hours.

Carla Allen, Darke County Job & Family Services Director, said that the county is required by Ohio Department of Job & Family Services to have clinical staff onsite or available 24 hours, seven days a week.

“This is going to be a great asset to our residents out at the Michael’s Group Home,” Allen said. “As they’re going to be able to have clinical staff available to them to intervene with any type of intervention that they need, any kind of crisis situation we’re going to have that staff available. This is a great opportunity, it’s a requirement anyway, but it’s an opportunity for our residents.”

Lastly, the commissioners thanked the Darke County Sheriff’s Department, Prosecutors Office and Coroner’s Office for their work on two recent murder convictions in Darke County.

“We’ve got to give a huge thank you to the hard work of our sheriff’s department, prosecutors office and to the coroner’s office for everything they’ve done to put this together,” Commissioner Aultman said. “It comes from both us, they’ve done a lot of good staff hours to make the two of those happen. Darke County is very rarely the home of murders, but to have two of them happen very close together and to have the trials kind of commence and finish very close together, and both of them ended in a conviction, is great news from our seats.”

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 is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend.

Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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