At the November 9, 2016 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners updated several contracts for the Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS). First, they approved a contract with Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau for $50,000 to provide foster care and residential placement for children effective November 9, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

In addition, they amended four contracts. They increased the contract with Travel Specialties, Inc. by $1,066,078.25 to extend the contract for one year effective November 9, 2016 as is now due to expire December 31, 2017. Travel Specialties provides medical transport to persons in non-emergency situations.

They also amended the contract with Marie’s House of Hope by increasing it by $48,000 to extend the contract termination date through December 31, 2017. In addition, the amendment increased the per diem rate to reflect current Title IV-E Reimbursement Ceilings. Marie’s House of Hope Inc. provides care, guidance and supervision to children ages 7–21 in the public foster care system, who can’t live with a family.

Furthermore, the commissioners extended the contract with Miami Valley Health and Safety Solutions for one year for $7,300 through December 31, 2017. Miami Valley Health and Safety Solutions provides CPR instruction for DJFS employees.

Additionally, they amended the contract with Ohio Guidestone by $200,000 to extend the contract through December 31, 2017. Guidestone offers behavioral health treatment services, skill building programs and prevention opportunities for children and families.

In addition, the commissioners accepted two grant agreements for DJFS. The first grant was from the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers for $8,000 to provide services to minor victims of human trafficking and to serve as a community resource for education and awareness. The grant is effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Second, they accepted an amended grant agreement with Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for $35,000 to change the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiter position from part-time to full-time effective January 2017. The change is effective January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

For the Solid Waste District, the commissioners approved a contract with Environment Enterprises, Inc. for $15,000 for a one-year contract with up to four optional renewals not to exceed $50,000. The contract is to pick and dispose of household hazardous Waste materials effective December 1, 2016.

For the County Risk Sharing Authority of Ohio (CORSA), the commissioners chose to pay replacement cost premiums for insurance for the Courthouse, A.B. Graham, and the Heritage Center rather than reproduction insurance cost. The reproduction insurance would cost the county approximately $16,000 more per year.

Commissioner John Detrick said, “I strongly recommend replacement insurance. It is a more prudent use of taxpayers’ dollars.”

In regular business, the commissioner approved payment of $8,390.51 to Project Woman for third quarter 2016 marriage license fees. They also approved a payment of $44,169.43 to Arcon Builders, LTD for the Juvenile Court Courtyard Improvements Project for the county engineer’s office.

For Zoning, the commissioner unanimously approved a rezoning request from Jerry and Mary Beekman for 1.115-acre parcel at 4122 Springfield-Jamestown Road from A-1 Agricultural to B-1 Neighborhood Business. Currently the Beekman’s operate a farmers market at that location and intend to expand the business to include a bakery and change the business from seasonal to year round.

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for November 16, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Conference Room at 50 E Columbia Street.

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