Miami County Commissioners launch COVID recovery grant program


By Haylee Pence

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TROY – The Miami County Commissioners met on Tuesday to authorize several agreements, including the creation of the Miami County Non-Profit COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program.

The relief program is being administered by the Miami County Department of Development, and Round One of the program is set to begin with an allocation of $150,000. The grants are for $10,000 each.

The commissioners stated, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been detrimental for many local non-profit organizations and their employees, and the Miami County Board of Commissioners wish to use available ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds received to establish the Miami County Non-Profit COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program to lessen the economic damage caused by the pandemic.”

The next resolution the commissioners approved on Tuesday was for the Miami County Community Improvement Corporation to submit the Livable and Age Friendly Communities Grant Application to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. The grant amount is $10,000. The grant would be used to fund the Countywide Needs Assessment to determine the current needs and amenities that are available to older individuals.

Then, the commissioners approved the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Miami County, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 115, Miami County Engineer Employees, and AFSCME Ohio Council 8. The agreement is for economic matters based on the usage of funds depending on the Ohio Revised Code for a three-year agreement.

The next two agreements authorized the Department of Job and Family Services to sign contracts for services, which include clerk services and magistrate services. The local cost of clerk services is $71,339.60, and the local cost of magistrate services is $20,264.37.

The next resolution was to sign a contract with Lostcreek Lawn and Fence Co. for their landscaping and mowing services at the Miami County Department of Job and Family Services for 2022. The cost of the services shall not exceed $3,115.

The commissioners then approved the financial contribution of $25,000 to the Casstown Community Volunteer Fire Department utilizing ARPA Funds. This will allow the department to “provide resources to meet and address emergent public health needs through the use of proper equipment and supplies wherein the costs and the need for such equipment have been compounded by the pandemic,” according to the commissioners. The department is set to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatuses, cylinders, face-pieces, and other equipment by utilizing this financial contribution.

The financial contribution that the Casstown Community Volunteer Fire Department is available to other local volunteer first responders. Those groups can reach out to the county and speak with Gary Link, ARPA project manager, or Charlotte Colley, county administrator.

The final resolution was for setting Tuesday, April 12, as the date for the commissioners to receive proposals for the Employee Benefit Consulting Services.

Commissioner Vice President Wade Westfall was not present on Tuesday.

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