At the September 5, 2018 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners extended the contract with Securus Technologies through September 4, 2023.  The extended contract will allow for video visitation and will alleviate movement of inmates within the jail, which will help reduce transportation costs.  The system will also have the capability for video arraignments.

In addition, for the Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Deborah Burchett reported that the Grand Jury conducted a walk-through of the jail.  Their findings included a complaint that the dirty odors from the laundry could be smelled in the kitchen.  They also questioned the 12-hour time between the evening and the morning meals.  According to Burchett, the Ohio Revised Code allows for a 14-hour break.  She added, “The inmates are fed three meals a day and food is being thrown away.”

The commissioners also acknowledged the Sheriff’s Jail Expenditure Report for $555,701.83 for 2017.  According to Burchett, “Since we have crowded jails, we are more likely to have issues.  Housing inmates in the trailers is running up the cost.” She added, “Approximately 70% of the inmate population has mental health issues.”

For Emergency Management Department, the commissioners accepted a grant from the State of Ohio, Department of Public Safety, Ohio Emergency Management Agency for $29,200.  The grant will be used to revise the Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The project provides technical assistance during natural disasters.  All jurisdictions including townships, cities, and villages must adopt the plan.  The grant is effective from July 18, 2018 through March 22, 2020.

For the Clark County Agriculture Society, the commissioners authorized Clark County Agriculture Society Executive Director or his written designee to authorize liquor permits requested for events at Champions Park, also known as the Clark County Fairgrounds.

For Community and Economic Development, the commissioners approved the purchase of a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado truck for $39,166.11 and trade in a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado as part of the purchasing agreement.

In regular business, the commissioners adopted a Procurement Card Policy to allow county purchases by a procurement card effective September 5, 2018.

They also approved a payment to the Montgomery County Treasured $37,581.15 for Clark County’s share of the 2017 Court of Appeals operating costs.

In addition, the commissioners accepted the amounts and rates determined by the Budget Commission and authorized the necessary tax levies to be placed on the tax duplicate for county residents. The total taxes collected outside of the 10 mill limitation totals $27,564,115.

Furthermore, Resident Ron Boling of Medway expressed his concerns to the commissioners about an employee of his who was deported back to Mexico on Friday, August 31, 2018.  According to Boling, “My worker has been in the US for 20 years, illegally.  His wife is a US citizen as are all his children who were born here.  He has two sets of twins under the age of four.  He has been an excellent employee for 10 years.  I can’t find good employees and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is deporting the ones I can find.”

Commissioner Melanie Flax-Wilt explained that the only authority that the commissioners had in this matter was to contract their representatives and senators and urge them to take action.

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for September 12, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room at 50 E Columbia Street.