County ARPA funds to go to revenue loss, the community


By Haylee Pence

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TROY – The Miami County Commissioners met on Thursday, March 17, to authorize several resolutions, which included a resolution the commissioners approved to elect to take the “Standard Allowance” of up to $10 million for the revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the release from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

According to an ARPA representative, this resolution is in response to changes made, which set guidelines on how these funds could be used.

Commissioner President Ted Mercer commented, “We were blessed, here in Miami County, that throughout the pandemic, we didn’t lose much revenue. I see a lot of other communities who are using this money for revenue loss, but we’re able to put a lot of this back into our community.”

Also on Thursday, the first resolution approved was for the contract with Document Destruction LLC for the Department of Job and Family Services. Document Destruction LLC will provide seven secure bins for documents, which will be picked up monthly and destroyed. Document Destruction LLC will also provide two mass destruction events throughout the year. The cost of this contract shall not exceed $4,000.

The next resolution was to approve the authorization for employee requisition for two positions at Job and Family Services, full-time Eligibility/Referral Supervisor 1 and full-time Child Support Attorney, for pay ranges of $20.78-$32.06 and $24.04-$37.12, respectively.

Then, the commissioners authorized the Probate Court to purchase a hospitality storage unit ($4,157.57), a reception station chair ($362.88), and a new filing system ($7,972.10). The total cost of these purchases shall not exceed $12,492.55. According to the Probate Court, “the additional storage will help provide more efficient methods to maintain files, use the space more efficiently and provide the necessities needed by the Probate Clerks.”

The next resolution that the commissioners approved involved the authorization the utilization of Huntington Outdoor LLC for their billboard services for the Sanitary Engineering Department’s 5th Annual Billboard Art Contest winners. The cost of this advertising is $2,340 for two billboards.

Next, the commissioners approved a change order for the contract with Outdoor Enterprise, LLC for the South County Road 25A Waterline Loop Project. The change involves a cost reduction of $335 for a new total cost of $388,238.

The next resolution authorized the Sanitary Engineering Department to obtain Statement of Qualifications for the Studebaker Road Waterline Extension Project. The Statement of Qualifications will be received by the Commissioners on Thursday, April 7.

The next two resolutions involved amendments to previous resolutions. The first amendment was for an increase in the cost for traveling for Charlotte Colley and Angela Lewis of the Commissioners’ Office to attend the NACO Healthy Counties Forum on April 6-8, 2022 in Raleigh, NC. The second amendment was for a change in attendees for the West Central Juvenile Detention Center to attend the ServSafe Certification Training.

The final resolution involved authorization of an Electricity Supply Agreement for Miami County. The agreement is set for three years.

At the end of the meeting, the commissioners wanted to thank Culver’s in Troy and Sidney for donating 100% of their proceeds to help feed Ukrainians. Mercer stated, “They raised almost $40,000 with 2,200 customers donating up to $4,000.“

Commissioner Wade Westfall was not present.

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