GREENVILLE—The Darke County Board of Commissioners met on Thursday afternoon to discuss rural internet and the recent Norcold plant announcement. Commissioners Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were present, with Commissioner Matt Aultman absent.
The approved Resolution (R-411-2022), to transfer appropriations for rural Broadband study. The commissioners approved the transfer of $20,000 to go toward funding the study, which will identify the rural internet needs of the county.
Commissioner Holmes said the study should be received next week.
Both Commissioners stressed that they’re taking their time with this project to insure it’s done correctly.
“If it seems like we’re taking a while, it’s because we are,” Commissioner Stegall said. “We’re taking a while to make sure it’s done right.”
After the agenda was finished, Commissioner Holmes addressed Norcold Inc.’s recent announcement that they will be closing their plants in Gettysburg and Sidney.
He said he has a dialogue planned for today with Gettysburg Mayor Mike Shives, Senator Sherrod Brown’s office and Darke County CIC Director Mike Bowers regarding the closure.
“We would very much like to keep those 358 jobs,” Commissioner Holmes said.
Commissioner Stegall added that the board wishes Norcold luck, but that they are disappointed by the news.
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.