Commissioners sign In-Demand Jobs Week proclamation

Darke County Commissioners sign In-Demand Jobs Week Proclamation. (Front L-R) Commissioner Aultman and Commissioner Holmes, (Back L-R) Jennifer Schlater Eligibility Referral Specialist II, Julie Roessner Workforce Administrator, Joyce Swisher Unit Support, and Carla Allen Director of Job and Family Services. (GraceLynn Harter photo)

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

Commissioners Matt Aultman and Larry Holmes were present. Commissioner Marshall Combs was out in a meeting with the airport manager. 

Prior to the start of the Regular Session, Commissioners signed an In-Demand Jobs Week proclamation. 

“This 2nd of May 2024, the Darke County Board of Commissioners do hereby recognize May 6-10, 2024 as, ‘In-Demand Jobs Week in Darke County’,” said Aultman. 

The OhioMeansJobs Center of Darke County will host a Job Fair on May 7th, 8th, and 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eight employers will be present each day for anyone looking to explore different careers. 

Starting every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the OhioMeansJob Center will also host a resume workshop to benefit community members. 

The Commissioners received two bids via email from five contractors for the ramp at Garst Avenue. Brumbaugh Construction had the lowest bid at $244,965, followed by Arcon Builders at $324,000. The engineer estimate came in at $280,340. Both bids have been approved for review. 

“This is tied to the DD grant they got a couple of weeks ago,” said Aultman. “It’ll make us a more accessible community. Multiple projects are coming from that grant and this is one of them.” 

Under Resolution (R-146-2024), the Department of Job and Family Services accepted a new tornado disaster relief grant. The revenue & appropriation increase was approved at a total of $175,000. Under Resolution (R-147-2024), there was a $20,200 revenue and appropriation increase for the 2023 Gettysburg School Demo Grant. 

Commissioners approved the acceptance of a letter provided by Sheriff Whittaker and the quote received to purchase three 2024 Police Pursuit Vehicles (PPV) Chevy Tahoes. The grand total was approved at $188,121.09. 

“We propose the board purchase three 2024 Tahoes from Kelly Chevrolet and have the vehicles fitted by Safety Systems of Richmond, Indiana,” said Whittaker in his letter. 

Based upon the review of bids presented at the previous meeting, it was approved to award H & H Environmental with the project of Asbestos Remediation and Removal from eight vacant residential structures.

The commissioners moved into Executive Session with Assistant Prosecutor Margaret Hayes to discuss Pending or Imminent Court Action under a Civil Complaint Against Manufacturers & Distributors of Prescription Opiates.