Commissioners talk rural internet, animal shelter

by | Aug 16, 2021 | Darke County News, Franklin-Monroe

The Darke County Board of Commissioners met Monday afternoon to discuss the animal shelter, the Village of Pitsburg and rural broadband. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were present.

The board approved Resolution (R-263-2021), to fix dog license fees for the year 2022. Some of the new fees include: one year fee- $18, three year fee- $54, permanent fee- $180, kennel fee- $90, shelter fee- $25 per dog-first day, shelter fee- $5 per dog thereafter and adoption fee- $72.

All licenses in Ohio were put on hold per order of Governor Mike DeWine until July 1, 2021. This meant citizens still needed to purchase a license but did not have to pay penalties. Due to this, Chief Animal Control Officer Robert Bair said the Darke County Animal Shelter has lost nearly $40,000. The shelter hasn’t raised fees since 2014, but Bair said doing so now will allow to make up some of their lost profits.

The board approved an Intergovernmental Agreement by and between Darke County and the Village of Pitsburg. The Village has a property in the 200 block of N. Jefferson St. that’s been found to be an unsafe building and hazard by the Miami County Department of Development, which acted as an inspector for Darke County.

Both the county and village agreed that due to the immediate danger that the building presents to the community, the county will help Pitsburg raise the property, so long as the village pursues a nuisance abatement procedure and assesses costs to the property tax records.

Upon receiving any tax reimbursement, the village agreed to reimburse the county for expenses incurred to raise the property.

Lastly, the board approved Resolution (R-264-2021), to submit an application to the National Telecommunications Information Administration to apply for funding for expanded rural broadband throughout Darke County.

Although rural internet has always been an issue, the board said the increased number of citizens working from home during the pandemic brought it to the forefront.

“We can all agree that COVID put the spotlight on deplenished or lowered internet services to our county,” Commissioner Aultman said. “This is just one way to fill that gap that we have.”

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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