Commissioners purchase vehicle for Sheriff’s Department

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GREENVILLE – The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Thursday afternoon.

Commissioners Marshall Combs and Larry Holmes were present.

The board then opened sealed bids for North Farm. The first bid was from Sargent Farms at $237 per acre. Then was Caleb Allred for $295 per acre, Kenneth Coower for $287 per acre, Ed Mayo for $326 per acre, Tony Schlecty for $260 per acre, Darren Meier for $270 per acre, and Drew Farms for $391 per acre.  

The board accepted the bids for review. 

The board heard from Sheriff Whittaker about purchasing a vehicle for the Darke County Sheriff’s Department. This would be a 1999 International 1652 SC Swat Vehicle. The vehicle will cost $21,037.50

“We engaged in a bidding process through Gov Deals to purchase a common tactical response vehicle,” Sheriff Whittaker said. “The purpose of this vehicle is to serve as a mobile command unit for the Sheriff’s Office. We have a step van that the special response team, also known as swat, has used for 20 years, and it’s on its last leg and needs to be taken out of service. I chose a larger, more multi-functional vehicle; it’s going to serve more than just a special response team. It’ll go to crime scenes, it’ll provide a command center, and it has facilities for the long term.” 

The board approved purchasing the vehicle for the Sheriff’s Department. 

The board then approved Resolution (R-40-2024). This resolution is two transfers of appropriations. The first is for the Courthouse Permanent Improvement project and transfers $5,000 to pay for unknown expenses for Courthouse wiring. The second is for the Prosecuting Attorney to transfer $300 to pay for the H. York transcript. 

The board also approved fixing the date for the Resurfacing and Pavement Marking for County and Township Roadways bids. These are two projects: project 1 is the Resurfacing of Various Darke County and Township Roads, and project 2 is the pavement marking of various Darke County and Township roads. Project 1 must be completed by September 15, 2024, and Project 2 must be completed by September 30, 2024. The bids will be received until March 14 at 1:30 pm in the Commissioner’s Office. The bidding documents may be reviewed and obtained at the Darke County Engineer’s office at 504 South Broadway, Greenville, after March 4. 

At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Larry Holmes discussed the first day of the new county-wide transportation. 

“Today is the first day of county-wide transportation,” Commissioner Holmes said. “They shared that they do have some people scheduled some rides for next week. We are off and running on that, and we’ll see how that goes.”

Also at the end of the meeting, Commissioner Marshall Combs discussed volunteering in the county. 

“The county has several different committees and boards of trustees who get involved and put your ideas into use and into play around the county,” Commissioner Combs said. “Just three examples, Main Street Greenville, Darke County Visitor’s Bureau, and the Darke County Solid Waste District, are all looking for folks to join their boards. I just want to encourage anyone out there to be involved.” 

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.