Commissioners talk OSU Ext., Sheriff’s Union, Broadband

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GREENVILLE—The Darke County Commissioners met on Thursday afternoon to discuss The Ohio State University Extension Darke County, the Sheriff’s Union and Rural Broadband. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were all present.

OSU Ext. Agriculture Educator Taylor Dill updated the board on their recent events.

Dill said she’s currently working on Efields 2022 data entry, and plans to have that published and to the board in January.

Shared Harvest Foodbank, in partnership with OSU Extension, Darke County, and Darke County United Way, will host their fifth “drive-thru” food distribution at Radiant Lighthouse, Wednesday, December 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lastly, Dill informed the board that Dr. Roseann Scammahorn was honored with the Distinguished Team-Teaching Award on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the OSU Ext. Annual Conference. The  award, presented on behalf of the Ohio Alpha Eta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, is designed to recognize outstanding efforts of Extension staff teams for responding to and incorporating a specific educational program one or more critical issues. The Tai Chi for Beginners team offered three free online programs in 2022 to help reduce the number of injury related falls in older adults.

Next, the board approved an agreement between the Darke County Sheriff’s and the Fraternal Order of Police – Unit A & B. Effective Jan. 1, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2025.

“This went very well,” Commissioner Stegall said. “Mark did a very good job. We’ve always been very lucky, and gotten along very well with the union at the Sheriff’s Office.”

Lastly, Commissioner Holmes asked the public to please go to BroadbandMap.fcc.gov, click on the bolt, and make sure ‘All Wired and Licensed Fixed Wireless’ is selected under Technology. Please make sure the location status is correct. If not, click ‘location change.’ Can the listed providers deliver at the internet speeds displayed? If not, click ‘Availability change.’

Following the above directions is crucial for the board’s rural internet project, as it allows them to have a more accurate picture of the zones without service. Please do this by Jan. 13, 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.