Commissioners approve Transportation Services Agreement 

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(L-R) Commissioners Larry Holmes, Marshall Combs and Matt Aultman. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a Transportation Services Agreement with Greenville City.

Commissioners Matt Aultman, Marshall Combs, and Larry Holmes were present.

The board opened a sealed bid for the sale of a 2019 Case Backhoe with 760 hours on it. It was advertised to sell to the highest bidder or about the reserved bid of $81,000. Kevin Hohman of Silver Lake, IN, sent a bid of $81,100. The board accepted this bid. 

The board then approved a transportation services agreement with the City of Greenville. The commissioners purchase the services from the provider. This is to include approved hours for service of Monday-Friday, 7 am to 5 pm, with no weekend or government holiday hours. The rates are $6.19  per mile each way per passenger within Darke County. The contract is effective from January 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024. 

“This contract is to expand Greenville Transit services to the boundaries of the county,” Commissioner Larry Holmes said. “Currently, they serve the city limits. We very much appreciate the city willing to work through this with us.” 

The current hope for a launch date is February 1. 

“I wanna thank the commission for agreeing with the city to provide the transit service throughout Darke County,” Mayor Jeff Whitaker said. “I’m going to be curious to see how well received it is; I have a feeling it’s going to be a good thing, and I look forward to seeing the results from it.”

At the end of the meeting, Marshall Combs spoke on spaces available for lease downtown. 

“There are some spaces for lease and for sale up and down and near Broadway,” Commissioner Marshall Combs said. “So if you know of a small business owner looking to expand or start their own business, please stop in the visitors center and speak to someone in the office to ask about a list of those available spaces.” 

Also at the end of the meeting, Matt Aultman spoke about Bob Robinson.

“A lot of us have come across Bob Robinson in one time of their life or another in the county,” Commissioner Matt Aultman said. “He recently passed away, and I just wanted to note that because Bob’s been in the news in different aspects for a lot of years. He has done services out at the elementary school to help kids read and grow that way as a tutor and started empowering Darke County out there with those kids. It’s a great loss to our community because Bob has been around for a long time engaged in the community, and he’ll be a missed soul for sure.”

The Darke County Board of Commissioners holds a regular session every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 pm at 520 South Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331. For more information, contact the commissioners’ office at 937-547-7370.