At the December 21, 2016 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners approved the request from Utilities Director Chuck Bauer to increase water and sewer rates for residents served by the County water and sewer systems. In his annual rate adjustment report, Bauer recommended the following rate increases for county residents. He recommended a 2.5% increase for both water and sewer for Western Clark County, which includes, Park Layne, Huber Heights, Miami County, Greene County, Medway, Crystal Lakes, Green Meadows I and II, Houck Meadows and West Enon. He also requested a 2.5 % increase for water and an 8.5% increase for sewer for Northridge. Finally, he recommended a 7% increase for Springfield Township. For inactive accounts, the recommended increase was 2.5%. Inactive accounts are accounts that are connected to the county water and/or sewer system that are that are currently offline. However, the county provides system readiness to the property; therefore, the property owners must pay a service charge.

For the Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), the commissioners amended several contracts with agencies providing behavioral health services to children provided for by DJFS.

These included an increase in the contract with Eastway Corporation of $60,000, a $215,000 increase to the contract with the Marsh Foundation, an increase to the contract with Mohican Youth Academy of $156,000, an increase of $100,000 to the contract with National Youth Advocate Program, Inc. All of the contract modifications were effective December 21, 2016 and extend the contracts for one year through December 31, 2017.

In addition, the commissioners approved a modification to the contract with Osterlen Services for Youth, to include a child specific per diem and extend the contract termination date through December 31, 2017.

They also approved a contract for DJFS with Boy Scouts of America, Tecumseh Council for $23,410 to provide a weeklong summer Challenge Camp for children in the care of the department effective July 31, 2017 through August 31, 2018.

For the Solid Waste District, the commissioners authorized a contract with Clark State Community College on behalf of Project Jericho to paint a mural located on the south end exterior wall of the Clark County Solid Waste District Facility. The contract is not to exceed $5,000 for supplies and rental equipment.

In addition, they authorized a grant submission for $2910 to help pay for purchasing containers for recycling at special events for the National Trail Parks and Recreation District. The Solid Waste District will provide a 50% match. The grant is effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

In regular business, the commissioners authorized a contribution of $250,000 to the Clark County Land Reutilization Corporation to contribute funds and pledged additional funds to support the Land Banks purchases and operating expenses for real estate. The contribution is effective December 21, 2016.

For the Engineering Department, the commissioners awarded a bid to Brumbaugh Construction, Inc. for $505,585 for the construction of Old Columbus Road Bridge No. 1057. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $610,805. The bid came in over $100,000 less than the original estimate.

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for December 29, 20016 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room.

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