Commissioners talk rural broadband, animal shelter

GREENVILLE—The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss facility maintenance and rural broadband. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were all present.

The board approved Resolution (R-325-2022), to transfer $43,500 from the general fund for “maintenance and repairs.” The board said that while the repairs weren’t expected, they’re pleased to see them.

“It’s good to see the maintenance that’s going on,” Commissioner Holmes said. “We’ve got a lot of activity that Facility and Safety Manager Dale Musser has taken the lead on. Pleased to see that being done.”

Prior to the meeting, the board discussed broadband and their next steps.

The board previously set a due date for proposals on Aug. 26, and received several proposals. Commissioner Aultman said the next step will be to interview the broadband companies.

According to the State of Ohio, 83% of the populated area and 40% of households in Darke County do not have access to fixed broadband service.

The commissioners issued an request for proposal (RFP) for strategic broadband network engineering and deployment to improve broadband access for education, job creation, healthcare and more in Darke County. It is the commissioner’s intent through this RFP to expand the broadband infrastructure , as hereafter defined, to benefit Darke County residents, businesses, community institutions, government and overall economic development and catalyze local innovation.

The request for approval award date is Friday, Sept. 23.

In attendance at Tuesday’s meeting was Darke County Dog Warden Robert Bair.

Bair informed the board of several reports in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana of new strains of the parvovirus or another unknown disease that’s been affecting animal health.

He told the commissioners that the Darke County Animal Shelter plans to take precautions to get ahead of this issue.

“As a precaution, and a recommendation of our county veterinarians, we feel it is necessary for the health of the dogs at The Darke County Animal Shelter to vaccinate any dog as soon as it enters the Darke County Animal Shelter.”

He said that the procedure will become effective Sept. 12, 2022.

The vaccinations will be for all dogs that enter the shelter not wearing a current year license, all dogs that wear a current year license and the owner cannot be contacted before the dog enters the shelter, and all owner-surrendered dogs.

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.

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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