County eligible for over $3M in CDBG funds


By Haylee Pence

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TROY – On Tuesday, May 3, the Miami County Commissioners met to authorize six resolutions, which was followed by the first hearing for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2022 Small Cities Program from the Department of Development.

Miami County is eligible for almost $3.2 million in program funds from the State of Ohio’s Department of Development. The grants can fund a variety of projects including economic development projects, water supply and sewage improvements, sanitary projects, demolition of unsafe structures, rehab of housing, public service improvements. The projects must benefit low-to-mid-income individuals. Project applications are due by June 15.

Also on Tuesday, one resolution the commissioners approved was to authorize the staff salary reimbursement for the Sheriff’s Department for the workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Miami County Correction Officers will receive a 20% salary and benefit re-allocation ($699,231.94). The Miami County Road Deputies will receive a 15% salary and benefit re-allocation ($600,847.35). The total is $1,300,079.29.

The first resolution the commissioners authorized on Tuesday was for the purchase of one 60 Horsepower Backup Pump for the Brandt Pump Station for the Sanitary Engineering Department. The pump is needed to keep a back-up pump available. The cost shall not exceed $32,439.

The next resolution was to transfer body transportation services from Cron Mortuary Services to Miami Valley Livery. The terms and cost of the contract will remain the same at Cron Mortuary Services. The contract ends Dec. 31, and a new agreement can be negotiated. The commissioners expressed concerns over response time with the new location.

“Dave Cron did a great job. He was very prompt and professional. He makes the families feel as good as they can feel,” Commissioner President Ted Mercer stated.

“Cron has provided a lot of wonderful services for Miami County for many years,” Commissioner Vice President Wade Westfall commented.

Then, the commissioners authorized the Department of Job and Family Services to sign a contract with Osterlen Services for Youth, Inc for child placement services. The cost of the agreement is $150,000 for a two-year contract.

The next resolution was for the employee verification for three new employees as follows:

• Audrey Trick – Full-time Human Resources Generalist for the Human Resource Department – $24.03/hour

• Lily Stacy – Full-time Human Resources Assistant for the Human Resource Department – $16/hour

• Ashley Martin – Full-time Child Support Case Manager for the Department of Job and Family Services – $18/hour

The final resolution was to set Tuesday, May 17 to hear the request for a change in zoning for Thomas Grilliot of Newberry Township and Patricia Hornberger of Monroe Township.

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