Commissioners hold meeting on April 18

Submitted by Terri Crothers

The Adams County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on April 18, 2022 at the Government Center with the following members in attendance: Barbara Moore, Ty Pell and Diane Ward. The meeting was opened by President Moore and opened with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Pastor Suzanne Hopkins via teleconference. Assistant District Attorney Randalyn Worley and Court of Common Pleas Administrator Veronica Grooms attended the session.

Moved by Diane Ward and seconded by Ty Pell to approve the minutes. Vote: Everyone agrees.

It was moved by Ty Pell and seconded by Barbara Moore to approve the invoices for payment. Vote: Everyone agrees.

Moved by Barbara Moore and seconded by Diane Ward to approve the transfers. Vote: Everyone agrees.

The following report was submitted to the Board for review: Canine and Kennel Activity Report for the weeks ending March 25, 2022, April 1, 2022, April 8, 2022 and April 15, 2022.

A complaint has been received from a county resident asking to waive the penalty fee for late dog license purchases. According to ORC 955.01(B), the penalty must be assessed by the county auditor on license sales after January 31 or each calendar year and cannot be waived.

Moved by Ty Pell and seconded by Barbara Moore to approve the CARES Act Airport Grant Final Closing Report and authorize Commissioner Ward to sign on behalf of the County. Vote: Everyone agrees.

It was moved by Barbara Moore and seconded by Ty Pell to approve Levy Request #6 in the amount of $68,916.61 for Alexander Airport FAA Grant 3-39-0112-012-2021 Salamon and to authorize Commissioner Ward to sign on behalf of the county. Vote: Everyone agrees.

ECD Director Holly Johnson met with the Board to discuss the following issues: Submitted Grant Applications – Active Transportation Grant; Assignment grant; Airport Packing Plant Service Plan Memorandum of Understanding.

Angela Richmond, Director of Employment and Family Services, met with the Board to discuss the following issues: Personnel – Discipline; Amendment to the Early Intervention Agreement.

It was moved by Barbara Moore and seconded by Diane Ward to approve an amendment to an agreement between Adams County Department of Employment and Family Services and Adams Brown Counties Economic Opportunities, Inc. for the Ohio Early Intervention ARPA for Adams County and Brown County Early Intervention Programs. in an amount not to exceed $43,025.00, as recommended by Director Angela Richmond. Vote: Everyone agrees.

It was moved by Diane Ward and seconded by Ty Pell to enter into executive session at 9:29 a.m. with the Director of Employment and Family Services Angela Richmond to discuss certain personnel matters (discipline) in accordance with the ORC 121.22 (G) (1). Vote: Everyone agrees. Commissioner Moore resumed the meeting at 9:34 a.m.

EMS Deputy Chief Adam Dozier met with the Board to discuss the following: New Team Update – available for delivery Friday, April 23, 2022; Staff – Status change/Conley.

It was moved by Ty Pell and seconded by Barbara Moore to enter into executive session at 9:49 a.m. with Adams County EMS Chief Peggy McCleese and Deputy Chief Adam Dozier to discuss certain personnel matters (complaint against a public employee) in accordance with ORC 121.22 (G) (1). Vote: Everyone agrees. Commissioner Moore resumed the meeting at 10:06 a.m.

It was moved by Barbara Moore and seconded by Diane Ward to approve the transition of Ashley Conley (EMT Advanced) from full-time to part-time employment effective April 20, 2022, as recommended by Peggy McCleese , chief of Adams County Emergency Medical Services. Vote: Everyone agrees.

Moved by Diane Ward and seconded by Barbara Moore to amend CARPA Project 13 EMS Ambulance resolution 2022-114 to reduce the amount to $204,304.00 due to the availability of a lower priced model and approve two (2) Life Pack-15 AED systems at a cost of $21,588.00 and a total project cost of $225,892.00 per SMU Chief Peggy McCleese. One of these AED devices will be installed in the new team, the other will replace a unit that is beyond repair. Vote: Everyone agrees.

Commissioner Moore adjourned the meeting at 10:12 a.m. to attend the Adams Clermont Solid Waste meeting at the Murphin Ridge Inn. Commissioner Moore resumed the session at 1:00 p.m.

Bryon Kirker and Readena McFarland, Richmond Insurance Agency, along with Alison Redmond, Head of CORSA Member Services, met with the Board to discuss the renewal of the County Risk Sharing Authority (CORSA) insurance policy for the 2022-2023 insurance year. There was also discussion about coverage for employees’ personal vehicles used while on the job.

Dog Warden Donnie Swayne met with council to discuss the following issues: Staff; Vehicle maintenance, transmission problems; Sales of dog licenses; Sterilization/sterilization vouchers.

It was moved by Barbara Moore and seconded by Ty Pell to enter into executive session at 1:36 p.m. with Dog Warden Donnie Swayne to discuss certain personnel (discipline) matters in accordance with ORC 121.22 (G) (1). Commissioner Moore resumed the meeting at 1:40 p.m.

Assistant District Attorney Randalyn Worley, Assistant District Attorney Jim Schroeder and Director of Economic Development Holly Johnson met with the council to discuss disbanding the Village of Rome in accordance with the Ohio Attorney General’s final decision. The Village will transfer to the County the parcel of land containing the sewer conditioning plant and responsibility for maintaining and billing sewer fees for approximately 49 residential connections. The other two parcels of property belonging to the village, including buildings and village property, will be transferred to the township.

It was moved by Barbara Moore and seconded by Diane Ward to establish the following new fund: Rome Sewer Fund#261-701. Vote: Everyone agrees.

Common Pleas Court Administrator Veronica Grooms informed the board that the Ohio Justice Bus will be conducting an introductory tour of Adams County on Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the courthouse. , offering free mobile legal aid.

Council discussed the following issues: Courthouse mail delivery – Up to 30% of courthouse mail is returned to sender because room numbers are not listed on the mail. The discussion included a centralized mailbox for all county mail that needed to be sorted internally. The Archivist’s office offered a location in his office to place the mailbox. The question was postponed for further information; Request for Waiver of Fees Associated with Overdue Taxes – A request from a family member who recently inherited a property with overdue taxes to waive the associated fees. The question was postponed for further information; Kelly Days – Assistant District Attorney Randalyn Worley spoke with the board based on her research that emergency medical services are not eligible for Kelly Days, which states must include fire training; Sheriff’s Department Lot – The District Attorney’s Office received a complaint from the Village of West Union regarding the number of vehicles sitting on the Sheriff’s Department lot located on E. North Street, West Union. Sheriff Kimmy Rogers was present for the conversation and said he would work to dispose of surplus vehicles.

It was moved by Diane Ward and seconded by Barbara Moore to approve the sale of County surplus/obsolete sheriff vehicles to the public by internet auction at www.govedeals.com pursuant to Code Section 307.12(E) revised from Ohio. Information on such items will be provided on the Internet at govdeals.com at the time of the auction and a minimum price may be established prior to the online auction site. Vote: Everyone agrees.

Sheriff Kimmy Rogers met with council to discuss staffing. The Sheriff’s Department is currently short of road staff with resumes from other counties. Sheriff Rogers discussed

lateral transfers and years of service for new hires. The council said Sheriff Rogers should confirm with the FOP union that lateral transfers are excluded under the contractual agreement.

A teleconference was held with Tiffin Township resident Tom Wuest to discuss an issue on Satterfield Road. Mr Wuest said part of Satterfield Road had not been maintained for several years. Last weekend, someone started clearing to reopen the roadway. Mr Weust has been in contact with County Engineer Lee Pertuset, former County Engineer David Hook and Tiffin Township Administrator Richard Dryden and believes the issue is being resolved.

Moved by Barbara Moore and seconded by Diane Ward to adjourn

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