“Bethel township will now receive tax collections from this property again” said Clark County Commissioner David Harrier, Vice President of the Land Bank. “It is a great improvement for the neighborhood.”

At the September 14, 2016 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners approved a payment for $62,210.80 to the Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Greater Springfield for rehabilitation work on a house at 1020 Frayne Drive in New Carlisle. According to Commissioner David Herier, the abandoned property was part of the land bank. The Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation (CCLRC), or Land Bank, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the reuse and revitalization of vacant, blighted, and otherwise non-performing property in Clark County. According to Herier, “We were able to rehabilitate the property and reestablish it as a vital residence for our community. When the work was complete and the property was offered for purchase, we received an offer within 24 hours of the property being listed. This is a success story for everyone involved.”

Several modifications were approved for the Building & Grounds Director for the Juvenile Court Courtyard Improvement Project with Arcon Builders, Ltd. First, the commissioners approved an increase of $8,987.06 to modify the kitchenette area. The increase will be paid by the Juvenile Court. They also approved an increase of $132,258. This increase will cover the cost of a security vestibule, single user restroom and storage closest. The scope of this change includes site demolition, foundation, concrete floor slab, metal framing, masonry, roofing, doors, and finishes. Mechanical, electrical and pluming improvements are also need. The Commissioners agreed to pay $35,000 for the modifications, with the remaining $97,258 to be funded by the Juvenile Court.

Finally, they approved a payment of $36,521 to Arcon Builders Ltd. for the project.

For the Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), the commissioners amended the Intergovernmental Consortium Agreement with Area 7 Local Workforce Investment Area. The amendment reaffirms Clark County’s intent to continue as a local workforce area and to seek designation as a workforce area from the State of Ohio. The State of Ohio had requested under the new laws established by OhioMeansJobs that the 43 county intergovernmental consortium of Area 7 be disbanded. However, according to Commissioner Rich Lohnes, “Area 7 cooperates well together. We requested that the state leave us intact. The 43 counties work together to get jobs and to train employees. The state accepted our proposal. This agreement is a reaffirmation of our commitment.”

For the Transportation Director, the commissioners approved a contract with Ohio Public Works Commission for $15,000 to cover the administration for projects in District 11, which includes Clark, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Madison, Miami, Preble and Union Counties. The contract established Clark County’s transportation department as the administrator for projects that are funded through the Clean Ohio Conservation Program in the area.

In other business, the commissioners instructed the clerk to advertise for bids for the DJFS Phase 2-Exteriors Improvements project. The bids are due in the commission office by October 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for September 21, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room at 50 E Columbia Street

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