Commissioners discuss PRC Plan Updates, New Broadband Grant, and more

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The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss PRC Plan updates, a new broadband grant, and more.

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

The board heard from Carla Allen, Director of Darke County Job and Family Services, about an update to the Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Plan.

“PRC offers work supports to other services to help low-income families with urgent needs,” Allen said. “The goal is to help families take care of themselves or to be self-sufficient during a crisis or time of need and to promote family stability. PRC is a local plan, and services vary from county to county. The plan is required to be updated on a bi-annual basis; that’s why we are here today.”

This will go into effect on October 1, 2023.

The board then approved Resolution (R-284-2023). This is a revenue and appropriation increase for a new grant, the 2023 Broadband Ohio Grant. This increased both Revenue and Appropriation by $3,197,179 for the new grant.

“The auditor came in last week after we received our state dollars and said we needed to set up lines,” Commissioner Aultman said. “We had to set up lines because money is starting to flow in for this project. That’s what we are doing here is setting up those lines as it rolls out.”

The board also approved Resolution (R-286-2023). This resolution is for the 2023 Airport Runway Rehab Grant and is in three steps.

The first is a revenue and appropriation increase. This is for Increased County Share due to an increase in the “Sunesis Construction” Contract for the project. This increased both revenue and appropriation by $1,325.

The second step is a transfer of appropriations. This moves the $1,325 to the 2023 Airport Runway Rehab Grant.

The third step is a fund advance. This fund advance is $78.873 to cover the final payment for Sunesis Construction. This will be advanced back once the revenue is received from the grant.

“A couple of weeks ago, it might have been three weeks ago, we made the adjustment to the contract for the additional construction fees,” Aultman said. “This is just closing that found out now. This is hopefully the final step on the runway renovation.”

At the end of the meeting, Mayor Stephen Willman shared that the stop lights at the intersection of Ohio St. and Martin St. are being replaced, so there may be some delays at that intersection.

Mayor Willman also discussed the city putting in a new water transmission line. This construction will start in mid-October. This will end up closing 502 for 75 days with a detour on Daily Road.

“It’ll be from near the water plant, in 502, on up and tie into three different places,” Willman said. “One will be down around the corner on Chesnut, one will be up near Water Street, and one will be down West Main.”

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