At the March 14, 2018 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners passed a resolution in support of an application to the Agricultural Easement Purchasing Program (AEPP). The AEPP purchases agriculture easement to preserve farmland. Ten properties totaling 1,529.89 acres were recommended for preservation in Clark County. The easements preserve, promote, and recognize the importance of agriculture as part of the area’s economy.  Associate Director Michelle Burns of the Tecumseh Land Trust, who are instrumental in recommending properties to the state, expects five of the ten properties to be approved.  Clark County is second in the state with the most farmland preserved.

Resident Tony Doss spoke with the commissioners about work he is doing to help end violence in schools.  He reported that he goes to McKinley High School in Columbus to work with the kids to curb the violence and to guide kids in a positive direction.  He works with Boot in the Streets, Peacekeepers and Bikers against Child Abuse to provide security and support for kids that have experienced violence in their lives.

Commissioner Melanie Flax-Wilt suggest that he contact Dan Bennett who runs the Clark County Superintendents’ meeting and provide them with information on what he and his associates are willing to do to help kids who are struggling.

For the County Engineer, the commissioners authorized a contract with J&J Schlaegel, Inc. for $2,447.265.44 for 2018 road reconstruction.  Eighty percent of the contact comes from federal funds while the remaining 20% is paid out of local funds.  The contract is effective March 14, 2018 through November 30, 2018.

They also authorized the purchase if a 2018 CB24 Caterpillar vibratory roller from Ohio Cat Construction Equipment at a cost of $38,296. The roller is needed for road construction projects throughout the community.

For the Community and Economic Development office, the commissioners approved a contract with Scanlan Construction, LLC for $13,964 to install an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant door at the Enon Administration building.  ADA standards specify that the clear width of a door opening must be a minimum of 32 inches and a maximum of 48 inches.

For Sherriff’s Department, the commissioners approved a contract with Pleasant Township for $11,153.40 for dispatching services from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.

In regular business, the commissioners scheduled a meeting with the City of Springfield and the Clark County Commissioners on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Clark County Heritage Center, Crabill Discovery Hall to discuss the drug epidemic and other general discussion topics.

They also approved a request by Human Resources to update the Personnel Policy Manual to reflect the Ohio Revised Code policy on Retire Rehire policy.

Commissioner Lowell McGlothin announced that there will be a presentation at Tecumseh High School on Saturday April 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. to honor former Commissioner John Detrick for all of the work he has done for Clark County.

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for March 21, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room at 50 E Columbia Street.