Miami County Commissioners authorize almost $150k in non-profit grants

By Haylee Pence

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TROY – On Tuesday, July 19, the Miami County Commissioners met for a general session to authorize resolutions followed by multiple zoning hearings then a presentation from the Miami County Visitors Bureau.

One resolution that the commissioners authorized was to award twenty grant awards to various non-profits throughout the county through the Miami County ARPA Non-Profit Relief Grant Program. The grand total being given is $149,995.

The following non-profits received $5,000 grants:

• Tipp City Enrichment Program

• Miami County Recovery Council

• Tipp City Seniors

• Child Care Choices

• Tipp City Area Arts Council

• Isaiah’s Place

• Reading for Change

• First Place Food Pantry

• Tipp City Public Library

The following non-profits received $9,545 grants:

• Troy Senior Citizens Center

• Miami County Dental Clinic

• Pleasant Hill History Center

• Partners in Hope

• Overfield Tavern Museum

• Piqua Compassion Network

• Court Appointed Special Advocates

• Tipp City American Legion

• Lincoln Community Center

• Greene Street Preschool

• Piqua Public Library

The non-profit organizations each applied for the grant and underwent a review process to be picked for the grant award.

“I’m really proud to be able to give back to our non-profits and our small businesses using this relief money. It’s a great thing,” stated Commissioner Gregory Simmons.

Then, the commissioners authorized three resolutions for the IT Department. The first was to purchase 46 Axis Megapixel Indoor 4K cameras and hardware in order to begin the process of replacing cameras in the current system. The first phase of the project is to replace cameras in the Safety Building and the Hobart Center. The cost of this phase shall not exceed $36,175.

The second resolution was to authorize the purchase of the licensing renewal for the Milestone camera servers that has a 3-year renewal. The cost shall not exceed $34,799.76.

The final resolution was to rescind a previous resolution involving the replacement of the primary door access control system. The project is expected to cost $308,909.37 which is a reduction from the previous resolution. The project will be done by Graybar Electric of Clayton, Missouri.

Then, the commissioners authorized contract negotiations with CGL Companies for their services for a professional space utilization study and facility master plan.

The next two resolutions involved an addendum to contracts between Van Wert County and Clinton County and West Central Juvenile Detention Center. Van Wert County’s addendum sought to increase contract spacing to 2.5 beds through the rest of the year. Clinton County’s addendum sought to decrease contract spacing to 1 bed through the rest of the year. Both resolutions were approved.

The following two resolutions were amendments to previous resolutions to increase meal allowance for various traveling and training for county employees which came after a resolution on Thursday, July 14 which altered the reimbursement for work-related travel and meals.

The final resolution was to authorize employment verifications for a full-time account clerk with a pay rate of $16.84/hour and a full-time clerical specialist for a pay rate of $15.88/hour both for the Department of Job and Family Services.

All zoning hearings resulted in approval from the commissioners. The first was for a property in Newberry Township requesting to rezone 5.02 acres from general agriculture to domestic agriculture. The next was for a property in Union Township requesting to rezone 2.8 acres from general agriculture to single family residential. The third was for a property in Union Township requesting to rezone 1.45 acres from general agriculture to single family residential. The fourth was for a property in Union Township requesting to rezone 2.5 acres from general agriculture to single family residential. The fifth was for a property in Spring Creek Township requesting to rezone 2.20 acres from general agriculture to single family residential. The final hearing was for a property in Monroe Township requesting to rezone 9.75 acres from general agriculture to domestic agriculture.

Following the zoning hearings, the commissioners heard a presentation from Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau about a new program being launched. They are launching a Tourism Grant Program for 2023. “Anyone involved in travel and tourism-related activity in Miami County may apply for matching funds of up to $5,000,” stated in their presentation. For more information, contact the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau at 800-348-8993.