Miami County Commissioners authorize purchase of vehicles for Sheriff’s Office

By Haylee Pence

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TROY – During their regularly schedules meeting on Thursday, Jan. 6, the Miami County Commissioners, excluding Commissioner Gregory Simmons, met to authorize a couple agreements.

One of the agreements involved the authorization of purchase of six 2022 Ford SUV Interceptor police vehicles for the Miami County Sheriff’s Office for a cost that shall not exceed $218,790.84. The Sheriff’s Office isn’t expecting the vehicles for nine to 12 months.

Another authorization involved the placement of advertisement in the Dayton Daily News and the county website in order to receive bids for the Piqua-Troy Road Resurfacing Project. The date for those bids is Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.

Next, the commissioners authorized the release of mortgage for a loan of $70,588 to residents in Tipp City.

The commissioners authorized the proposal from Transit 911 Public Transportation Consulting for their consulting services for the Miami County Transit Department. The consultation will involve assistance with how to manage the Federal and State grant programs, Federal Program reporting requirements, Federal and State compliance reviews, staff training, and supporting Miami County Transit’s plans and funding. The total cost of this service shall not exceed $19,000.

Commissioner Wade Westfall provided the attendees with information from the Sheriff’s Office about the safety measures taken when entering the Courthouse and the Safety Building. During the 2021 year, the Courthouse officers managed 37,698 walk-through scans of individual persons and 9,079 scans of personal belongings. The Safety Building deputies managed 52,476 walk-through scans of individual persons and 16,237 scans of personal belongings. Westfall thanked the deputies “for keeping everyone safe.”

Following their general session, the commissioners heard an ARPA Update.

The ARPA webpage, being designed by Artistic Inspirations, is set to be operational by the third week of February. The website will show how the funds are being used along with other pertinent information.

Another update involved the possibility of a contract with Zencity for a cost of $36,000. This service is a “platform for gathering and processing organic feedback from channels throughout the client’s community and translating that data into quickly digestible analysis and personalized insights,” according to Zencity. This program will become effective Jan. 18, 2022. This allows the “[commissioners] to have a better understanding of what the citizens need.”