Commissioners Discuss DC Engineer, Darke DD, WPCLF, and More

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The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss appropriations for Engineer, Darke DD, WPCLF, and more.

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

The board approved Resolution (R-294-2023), a transfer of appropriations for the Darke County Engineer. This transfers $10,000 from Road/Building/Ditch Maintenance/Repair to Vehicle maintenance to replenish the vehicle maintenance line.

“You do your best guess when we do appropriations at the end of the year,” Commissioner Aultman said. “He probably just had some other charges that fell in there. So they always have excess in another line that they can transfer to cover things.”

The board then approved Resolution (R-295-2023), a fund transfer for the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities. This transfers $50,000 from General Operating to Capital.

The board also approved Resolution (R-297-2023). This is a total of nine fund advance backs. The revenue has been received from the 2022 Building DEMO Revitalization Grant, so now $132,285.50 is being transferred from the Outside Fund back to the General Fund.

“This is all the money we have spent on projects thus far except for Project 5 and Project 6,” Commissioner Aultman said. “Project 5 has not been completed, and Project 6 we just bid out. So this money is coming back for that Demo Grant we got.”

The board then approved Resolution (R-298-2023). With this resolution, the board authorizes Access Engineering to apply for the Water Pollution Control Loan (WPCLF) on behalf of Darke County.

“This is to piggyback on what we did in Thursday’s session,” Commissioner Aultman said. “Thursdays was applying for additional dollars to begin the engineering of Fort Jefferson Sewer District. This here is to go with the first grant that we had received, $25,000 from the Ohio EPA to do the planning. We needed a resolution in place to go along with that application to get reimbursed that $25,000.”

Commissioner Marshall Combs shared the Darke County Visitors’ Bureau is working on the Visitors’ Guide.

“This is something that’s only printed every so many years,” Commissioner Combs said. “So if you’re a small or large business that wants to buy some advertising space, just call the Visitors’ Bureau. It’s very well done. It’s pretty much a catalog of different points of interest around the county.”

At the end of the meeting, the board heard concerns from citizen Jim Robinson.

“Last Thursday, I was cleaning up a property, and I had a truckload of plastics that I took to Rumpke Landfill,” Robinson said. “When I got there, I asked the lady where do I put these plastics. She said I had to take it across the scales and weigh them, then take them over and put them in the regular trash. I said, but they are all recyclable. She said it doesn’t make any difference; they go in with the regular trash.”

Robinson said that he ensured everything in his truck was recyclable and was upset that Rumpke told him to put it in the landfill. Robinson stated that when asked why he had to put recyclables in with the regular trash, he was told, “There is no money in recyclables.”

“It just broke my heart to see that plastic go in the trash and go in the landfill,” Robinson said.

As Chairman of the Solid Waste Board, Commissioner Combs took the concern seriously.

“I appreciate you bringing that forward,” Commissioner Combs said. “That’s definitely something that I need to make a phone call and see what’s going on.”

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