Commissioners talk airport, Versailles

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GREENVILLE—The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss The Darke County Airport and a water line project within the Village of Versailles. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Marshall Combs and Larry Holmes were all present.

The board approved a funding consultation service agreement between the commissioners and Key Funding Services, Inc.

The agreement is for a raw water line project in Versailles.

“We were funded by the CDBG Community Development Block Grant) project for that project,” Commissioner Aultman said. “That goes out to their new well field, north of town.”

He added that this project is tied to the expansion at King’s Command Foods.

The installation of the 18,000 L.F. raw water line and related appurtenances along Reed Road will increase water capacity, and accommodate the expansion of Kings Command Foods.

The water line project total will be just under $21 million dollars, however due to state grants, the county will only have to pay about $500,000 of those funds.

Commissioner Aultman said the new water line and extension at King’s Command will allow for new jobs within the community.

The board will advertise in local media, asking for comments from the community on the project on April 7.

Next, the board approved Resolution (R-88-2023), a fund advance of $76,719.05 to cover Crawford, Milly & Tilly, Inc. professional engineering services and Westerheide Construction services. Services are going toward the construction of the new Darke County Airport terminal.

Funds will advance back once funds from the 2022 FAA Terminal Construction Grant are received.

Commissioner Aultman gave an update on the terminal construction.

“They have the building up, and they about have it closed in with board,” he said. “They’re to the point where they’re going to start doing interior work.”

He added that they’re shooting for construction to be finished by about mid-July 2023.

The Darke County Board of Commissioners hold regular session every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at 520 South Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331. For more information contact the commissioner’s office at 937-547-7370.