Jun 16, 2013

Commissioners address signs, award CDB grants

BY BOB ROBINSON
ASSOCIATE EDITOR
GREENVILLE – “There is talk that the commissioners used county General Fund dollars to purchase those signs in front of the Courthouse and your Commissioners building,” said Greenville citizen Fred Dean during the question and comment part of the June 10 public meeting.

“No, that is not correct,” responded the Commissioners. They told Dean that the signs were made from recycled materials out of Solid Waste District funds that are generated by the fees paid for trash pickup.

“We advise that you go back and advise citizens about the funds that were used to purchase those signs,” they said.

Commissioner Mike Rhoades said some people actually walk through the door here asking where the courthouse is.

Commissioner Mike Stegall noted after the meeting was adjourned that he saw a well-dressed man in an expensive suit climb out of his Mercedes and look first at the Courthouse, then at the Commissioners building. He came into their building.

“He said he was an attorney from Dayton and needed to know where the courthouse was.”

Someone said, “I don’t want him for an attorney.”

In official business the commissioners re-appointed Fred Winner of New Weston to the Darke County Board of Zoning Appeals and Marilyn Erwin of Ansonia to the Darke County Zoning Commission.

At the June 12 public meeting, Commissioners awarded Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to Greenville, Arcanum, Union City and Ansonia.

Greenville was awarded $29,500 for street rehabilitation, Union City $25,000 for storm water work, Arcanum $40,000 for work on South Main Street and Ansonia $9,500 for a composite testing system.

In addition two $300,000 proposals were approved for CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization program; one for Greenville and one for Union City. A $300,000 proposal was also approved for Pitsburg for the CDBG Critical Infrastructure program.

According to Rhoades, it is tough deciding what to submit as the projects are typically needed. Eight had been submitted for Neighborhood Revitalization and four for Critical Infrastructure.

“Darke County can submit up to three,” he said. “These are competitive set-aside grants. If we score high enough, we could possibly get all three.”

Transportation services were renewed between Darke County Job & Family Services (DCJFS) and Community Action Partnership (CAP) through June 2014. DCJFS will pay $8 per person each way within the City of Greenville, plus $1 per mile outside of Greenville for qualified individuals.

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