At the March 22, 2017 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners authorized a request from the Village of Enon to use the County’s right of way to permit completion of the construction of a water line by the Village of Enon. The right of way runs from Enon’s corporate limits along the north right of way of Dayton Springfield Road beginning at Koons Drive and extending approximately 2450 feet east. The water main will then be extended north across private property and connect to the existing main located at the terminus of Speedway Drive. According to Enon Village Manager Ben Ross, “The extension of the main will complete a loop that will allow the village to perform maintenance without having to shut down water access to businesses and residents in the area and potentially will attract new businesses to the area.” He added, “The project will cost approximately $683,000 half of which is being paid for by a grant with the other half being covered by the Village of Enon and private investors.”

In addition, the commissioners approved two contracts for Opportunities for Individual Change (OIC) of Clark County. Both contracts are aimed at helping ex-offenders change the direction of their lives. The first contract for $48,500 provides a Re-entry Coordinator who works with ex-offenders of the Clark County Jail to learn new skills and develop effective communication techniques. This contract is effective May 15, 2017 through May 14, 2018.

The second contract for $48,500 provides cognitive behavioral change instructions to inmates of the Clark County Jail. The goal of both contracts is to reduce recidivism and crime rates in Clark County. This contract is effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

For Buildings and Grounds, the commissioners acknowledged three bids and awarded three contracts for the A.B. Graham and Courthouse improvement project. The first contract was awarded to Enterprise Roofing & Sheet Metal Company for $311,081 to make roof improvements

The second contract was awarded to Quality Masonry Company for $574,100 for the masonry restoration portion of the project for the A.B. Graham Building and the Courthouse.

The third contract was awarded to S&L Specialty Contracting, Inc. for $646,000 for window replacement. All three contracts are effective March 22, 2017.

In regular business, the commissioners authorized a payment to Krissy Hawke for $500 for Humane Agent salary for February and March 2017.

They also appointed Jim Lyons as apiarist for Clark County for 2017 at the rate of $14.00 per hour plus mileage at $.535 per mile or the current IRS rate and a per diem for meals up to $40.00 per day not to exceed $1,400 for the year.

According to Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt “This is a really important service. In Clark County 83% of the land use is used for agriculture or natural resources. Bees are essential for the fertilization of these crops.”

Furthermore, they approved an Expedited Type 1 Annexation by Crystal L. Brown for 5.035 acres in Springfield Township to the City of Springfield.

They also approved a change in the deadline for bids for Merchant Services from March 20, 2017 to March 27, 2017. At 2:00 p.m.

For the Sheriff’s Department, the commissioners awarded a contract with Pleasant Township for $11,153.40 for dispatching services from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

For the Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), the commissioners acknowledged a rebid for building exterior improvements from Arcon Builders for $635,000; however, they rejected the bid as it exceeded the engineer’s estimate of $404,000 by more than 10%. Director of Buildings and Grounds Mike Swank will meet with the architect to review a breakdown of the bid to determine why the bids have come in so much higher than the estimate.

For the Personnel Director, the commissioners authorized an update to the Personnel Policy Manual to reflect the changes to the law regarding Violence or Weapons in the workplace. The law now allows for individuals to carry a weapon locked in their vehicle at their place of employment if the individual has a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit. Employees cannot carry the weapon on their person while performing their legal duties unless the weapon is required by their official duties.

For the County Engineer, the commissioners approved the Mileage Certification for the Ohio Department of Transportation for 2015 through 2016 for 308.348 miles, which are maintained by the county.

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for March 29, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room at E Columbia Street.

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