Darke County Airport

Commissioners talk airport, rural internet

The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Wednesday afternoon to discuss various CDBG grants, the Darke County Airport and rural internet. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were present.

The board approved Resolution (R-253-2021), to advance $2,362.50 to cover a 2020 CDBG Grant, Resolution (R-254-2021) to advance $3,744.65 to cover a 2019 CHIP/CDBG Grant and Resolution (R-555-2021) to advance $2,180.35 to cover a 2019 CHIP Home Grant. These grants will cover various community housing improvements within the county. All funds will be advanced back once the grant revenue is received.

Next, the board approved Resolution (R-256-2021), to advance $1,162.20 to cover terminal study and design consulting services at the Darke County Airport. The board advised that the terminal is currently too tall and sticks into the airspace too far, according to recently changed Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, so it must be redesigned. The funds will be advanced back once the grant revenue is received.

Lastly, Jason Kershner, Director of Government Affairs at Charter Communications, was in attendance to answer any questions the board had in reference to the plan they’ve been working on to provide rural internet to Darke County.

Kershner addressed a couple of questions, and assured the board that the broadband installed by Spectrum, should the rural internet project move forward, would be up-to-date technology. He also told the board Spectrum would expand off of its already large presence in Darke County.

“We have a heavy presence in the county already,” Kershner said. “Often times we can build off of that. By building off of that, it means we utilize an existing hubsite, add more infrastructure there so that we can support more residence that are ultimately going to come to the network. We utilize the backbone, beef it up so it’s capable of serving the additional residence and then we put in new infrastructure to the places that don’t have it.”

Moving forward, the board plans to formalize the application for rural internet funding on Monday afternoon in regular session in order to meet the Tuesday deadline.

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

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