At the January 28 session of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners authorized a contract with Physio-Control Inc. for the purchase and maintenance of ten Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.  An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses irregular heartbeats in a patient.  The device is then able to treat the patient through the application of electrical therapy that stops the irregular heartbeat and allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.  The ten AED’s cost is $20,872.70.

They also authorized the purchase of a 6’ X 12’ cargo trailer, Model HLAFR, by U.S. Cargo for $3,291.62.  The trailer will be used by the Community Development office to fulfill their obligations to the community for planning, zoning, and building construction services.

Moreover, they authorized an inter-governmental agreement between the Clark County Commissioners for the Clark County Solid Waste District with the Clark County Combined Health District to provide one full-time Registered Sanitarian with support staff to administer and enforce state and federal laws and regulations that apply to solid waste management for the county.  The agreement is for $125,000 and effective from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

In addition, they accepted two lease agreements.  The first agreement is between the Clark County Commissioners and the Clerk of Courts with James L. Sheldon and Judith Gail Sheldon, Trustees of the Sheldon Family Revocable Living Trust for lease of 430 N. Main Street, New Carlisle for a satellite office for the Clerk of Common Pleas Court, Title Division of Clark County.  The lease costs $48,000 with monthly installment of $1,000 for the period January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2018.

The second lease agreement the commissioners accepted is a lease agreement with the Auditor of the State of Ohio to allow two to three auditors to work out of the A.B. Graham Building for $0.00.  This renewal is for space the auditors have occupied in the past.

The commissioners also renewed an agreement with the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) to renew an agreement that outlines the environmental review practices that affect historical preservation in the county.

In other business, the commissioners authorized a grant submission to the Ohio Environment Protection Agency Litter Cleanup to help pay expenses for the Great American Cleanup in Clark County for $3,600.  The grant is effective from March 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016

In regular business, the commissioners approved the payment to Cardmember Services for interest charges on a Security National Bank Visa Card.  According to Nathan Kennedy, County Administrator, “The charges were incurred because the limit on the credit card was not sufficient.  We exceeded the limit and the bank charged a fee for the exceeded limit.  In negotiations with the bank, we were able to get the fee removed; however, the bank charged interested on the fee during the negotiations.  They refused to remove the interest charge.  It became apparent that the county was spending more man-hours and money fighting the interest charge that the actual charge so I recommended that the county go ahead and pay the interest charges.”

In addition, the commissioners approved two payments to Project Woman.  The first was for $19,936.00 for adjustments in the payments for 3rd and 4th quarters 2013 and all of 2014.  They also issued a payment to Project Woman for $3,418.17 for 4th quarter 2014 marriage license fees.

The commissioners also approved a contract with Mad River Township for law enforcement for 2015 for 89,340.75

When the floor was opened to guests, John Federer, County Auditor said, I appreciate Nate’s time and input working out the process and flow of information through the county system.  The changes will result in both a cost and time savings.  Every department will be using the same processes.  It is nice to have a standardized approach.”

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for February 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Srpingview Government Center.

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