Miami County Commissioners show support to Ukraine


By Haylee Pence

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TROY – The Miami County Commissioners met at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1 to authorize several resolutions.

Before the meeting started, County Administrator Charlotte Colley led the room in a prayer session. They prayed for safety, peace, and a quick resolution in Ukraine. On Friday, Feb. 25, the Miami County Commissioners illuminated the Miami County Courthouse in Troy in blue and yellow lights in support of the people of Ukraine.

On Tuesday, the first resolution that they approved involved hiring an engineering consultant, Mastermind LLC for the HSIP Safety Study Project. The project involves examining the roads throughout Miami County to determine passing zones and no passing zones. Miami County Engineer Paul Huelskamp commented that the firm “re-inventories every five to 10 years, and this should be a smooth project.” The total cost of the project shall not exceed $89,440 with 90% of the cost being covered by the County Engineer’s Association of Ohio (CEAO) HSIP Program through the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The next resolution was to authorize the Miami County Sanitary Engineering Department to host a program for a weekly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Events from April through September of this year. Environmental Enterprises, Inc. will properly dispose of the waste for a cost of $25,000. There will be $1 per pound of any of the items disposed to help offset the cost of the program.

Then, the commissioners authorized a Memorandum of Understanding with Bradford Exempted Village Schools to acquire a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO). The deputy will be available 40-hours a week and “will be specially trained to provide a safe and secure school environment for both faculty and staff […] and will serve as an educational resource and as a liaison between the District and the Sheriff,” according to the resolution. The Bradford Exempted Village Schools will pay for nine months of the officer’s salary for a cost of $83,089.01 for the 2022 year; $85,581.68 for the 2023 year; and $88,074.35 for the 2024 year. Commissioner Gregory Simmons commented, “This is a great way for the commissioners to reach out to the local school districts and we can help provide an amazing program.”

The next resolution was to approve the purchase of 10 Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Tablets with a Microsoft Complete Extension Service Agreement and three-year extended warranty for the Sheriff’s Office for a cost of $14,144.

Next, the commissioners authorized the agreement with the National WebCheck Program Services and Equipment with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation which the WebCheck Equipment was purchased using ARPA Funds for the Human Resource Department. The agreement is effective for three years.

The commissioners authorized an agreement with Navia Benefit Solutions for their consulting services for the county’s questions for dependent care FSA Administration, HSA Administration, and Pre-Tax Premiums. The cost of this agreement is $1,200 annually.

Then, the commissioners authorized the employment of Steven Caudill for a full-time telecommunicator in the Communication Center starting March 7 for a pay rate of $20.14/hour.

They then accepted the resignation of Kim McGuirk from their position of Children Services administrator for the Department of Job and Family Services. Therefore, the next resolution was for an employee requisition for a full-time Children Services administrator.

The next resolution that the commissioners approved was for a one-time financial contribution to the United Way of Miami County for an amount of $48,000. The contribution will help fund the United Way’s 2-1-1 phone line, which is utilized by county residents in areas that were “disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.”

The final resolution was to sign the Global Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release of all Claims for the former employee, Gary Kercher.

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