Miami County Commissioners authorize contract negotiations

By Haylee Pence

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TROY — During their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, March 29, the Miami County Commissioners authorized several resolutions, including a previous resolution that was tabled at an earlier meeting.

The resolution, which was approved, involved the Miami County Commissioners entering into contract negotiations with WDC Group for the construction of the Miami County Fairground Administrative All in One Building. The resolution was tabled at a previous meeting in order for the commissioners to receive more information on the selection process once the Statements of Qualifications were received. WDC Group was selected out of five Statements of Qualifications that were submitted to the commissioners.

Also on Tuesday, the first resolution approved by the commissioners was to sign a contract with the Department of Job and Family Services and Unk’s Place for their services with child placement assistance. The cost of these services for a two-year contract is $250,000.

The next resolution involved the Municipal Court and Sheriff’s Department for the Adopt-a-Highway Program. The program is for the Community Service Project, which involves required individuals to participate in cleaning trash and debris from the Miami County portion of Interstate-75. The individuals will be cleaning portions of the interstate every Sunday. The program is set to run for two years.

Then, the commissioners approved a Software and Maintenance Service Agreement with Fidlar Technologies for the Miami County Recorder’s Department. The agreement is for continued maintenance and support for the land record software system to record documents and cashier transactions. The agreement is for one year and has a cost of $12,500. The commissioners also approved the other agreement with Fidlar Technologies, the Information Replication Agreement. This agreement is for all data, images, and information entered into the software to be digitally replicated and backed up off site. This agreement is also for a year with a cost of $9,000.

The next resolution was to authorize a change in the accrual rate for the Director Jeffrey Busch of the Miami County Communications Center. The adjusted accrual rate is 7.7 hours of vacation per pay period for an overall amount of five weeks of paid vacation. Commissioner Gregory Simmons commented that Busch’s vacation time has previously been discussed by the former Miami County Commissioners when Simmons was first elected. Changes were made at the time to reflect the state’s requirements and this resolution negates those changes back through “the proper channels” and “fixing something that should have been done at the very beginning.”

The final resolution involved accepting the Miami County Engineering Department’s annual report for 2021-2022. The annual report includes projects that the department completed over 2021 and plan to start and complete in 2022.