At the April 19, 2017 meeting of the Clark County Commissioners, the commissioners acknowledged requests from County Engineer John Burr and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Representative Fred Vogel to accept two grants from ODOT. The grants include monies for the Roadway Improvement project for Urbana Road. The resolutions included an authorization of the submission of a grant to the ODOT Office of Jobs & Commerce for $105,000 and the acceptance of that grant. The grant is effective April 19, 2017 through December 31, 2018. With the grant ODOT provides financial assistant to make capital improvement to the infrastructure on CR 68 Urbana Road. The Commissioners also approved the submission of a roadwork development grant application for an additional $275,000 for the same road project. According to Burr, “I hope to have the roadwork completed between SR 334 and the county line before the asphalt plant ceases production in November.”

In other business for the Engineer, the commissioners authorized a contract with Maxim Crane Works for $25,000 for crane services for various bridge projects.

The commissioners also authorized Burr to participate in the ODOT Winter Contract for Road Salt. Burr requested to purchase 2,750 tons of road salt for Winter 2017-2018. The county is obligated to purchase at least 90% of the contract and can purchase up to 110% of the contract amount, if needed.

In addition, the commissioners approved the clerk to advertise for bids for unit prices for asphalt, emulsion, fog seal emulsion and aggregate for the 2017 road projects. Bids are due in the commissioners’ office by 10:00 a.m. on May 11, 2017.

For the Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), the commissioners approved an amendment to the contract with Family and Youth Initiatives to modify the program specifications of the Little Scholars Contract, which is worth $155,561.01. The contract date was also extended through June 30, 2018. The program focuses on preparing children ages 3 – 5 for academic success when they enter kindergarten, but it also focuses on teaching children how to identify and express emotions with peers in a positive way in a classroom environment.

For DJFS, they also authorized a contract with Zones, Inc. for $20,000 for copier and printer toner and supplies effect March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2019.

In addition, the commissioners accepted a grant on behalf of DJFS from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids for $70,000. The grant is a renewal that funds one part-time recruiter position to assist DJFS in finding permanent homes for youth who have been in the custody of the agency for an extended time. The grant is effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

In regular business, the commissioners instructed the clerk to advertise for a request for proposals for banking services for the county government. A pre-bid conference will be held on June 2, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Public Chambers on the fifth floor of the County Offices Building. The final proposals are due in the Commissioners’ Offices by 10:00 a.m. on June 16, 2017.

In addition, the Commissioners accepted a petition for 3.43 acres at 1001 Skinner Lane for annexation from Springfield Township to the City of Springfield.

They also acknowledged an estimate for holding a special election by the Board of Elections on August 8, 2017. Currently, no special election request has been made. However, the request was approved contingent on the need for a special election because of the outcome of the May primaries.

The commissioners also approved payments for services to the county. These included a payment of $3,884 to Project Woman for 1st quarter 2017 for Marriage license fees.

In addition, they approved a payment to the US Bank Trust NA for $9,273,002.78 for principal and interest for various improve project for Clark County. These projects include renovations to Blue Cottage, West Enon Sewer Waste Water Solids Treatment Facility and the Commissioner Principal Interest (PI) Fund

For the Department of Development Disabilities of Clark County, the commissioners authorized the purchase of a 2014 Ford E350 Super Duty Extended Van from Superior Hyundai for $18,277.50 to replace a 1994 van schedule for disposal.

For Building and Grounds, the commissioners authorized changes to the contract with Quality Masonry Company to replace decomposed steel lintels and damaged masonry on the A.B. Graham Building for $10,000 and to remove decomposing and collapsing stone window wells, seal the openings and to apply tinted stucco to the window wells on the A.B. Graham building.

The next meeting of the Clark County Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Conference Room at 50 E Columbia Street.

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