Telecommunicators at the Miami County Communication Center will be able to work out while on the job thanks to a grant for a workstation treadmill from The Troy Foundation.

The $1,399 grant award was accepted last week by a 2-0-1 vote by the county commissioners. Commissioner Greg Simmons abstained from the vote.

Center Director Jeff Busch last fall had asked the Communication Center board to consider buying one of the treadmills that employees could use while working in order to avoid long periods of inactivity while working 12-hour shifts.

The board said it would support the purchase if a grant could be obtained to avoid requests from other departments for workstations. The treadmill is set at a low pace to allow employees to use it while working. One unit will be shared by all employees interested.

In other business, the commissioners approved an agreement with P&R Communications to re-program the 15 weather warning sirens in use in the county and to add an all-call tone, for a total of $4,570. The work is designed to correct issues being experienced following the county change to a digitally based radio system and consoles at the Communication Center.

Also approved for the center was the repair, crack fill, seal and remark of the center’s parking lot in Troy by Cooper’s Blacktop of Ludlow Falls for up to $11,000.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of an electric riding lawn mower for the center for $2,754. Busch said an electric mower was preferred to avoid storing gasoline at the center site.

In other business April 3 and 5, the commissioners approved a new contract with long-time county jail and Incarceration Facility doctor William Cole, M.D. Sheriff Dave Duchak recommended the continued agreement from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020. The compensation for Dr. Cole was set at $34,215 a year.

The commissioners approved a request by the Sanitary Engineering Department for a safety trench shoring system. The system will be purchased from Heckmann Sales and Leasing Inc. of Dayton for $3,225. This the first time the department has purchased one of the systems, said Paul Huelskamp, county sanitary engineer.

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