Commissioners approve grant application, meet with Board of Elections on storage space

By Haylee Pence

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TROY – The Miami County Commissioners, excluding Commissioner Wade Westfall, who was not present, met on Thursday to approve an application for a grant, as well as to discuss storage and office space with the Miami County Board of Elections.

The commissioners authorized the Miami County Emergency Management Agency to submit an application for a $32,000 grant from the State Emergency Response Commission. The grant will be used for expenses during the time period between July 2022 through June 2023, including salaries, traveling, and training.

Following that single resolution, the commissioners had a meeting with the Miami County Board of Elections.

The main point of the meeting was to discuss options for storage of election equipment. Currently, the equipment is being stored in rooms at the Miami County Courthouse. According to County Administrator Charlotte Colley, the room is “needed for other departments as well, and will be available” to those departments and the Board of Elections by reservations.

The Miami County Board of Elections received the notice that the room will be utilized for other means at a previous meeting. In response, the board began looking for a space to lease.

Commissioner President Ted Mercer said he “is not prepared to lease a new space without first looking at current available spaces.”

The commissioners discussed with board representatives about utilizing space at Hobart Arena for secure storage along with an office space while still hosting the elections at the courthouse.

By the end of the meeting, the commissioners and Board of Elections decided to have regular meetings to further discuss options.