Last updated: March 05. 2014 8:41PM - 1797 Views
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DARKE COUNTY - The Darke County Commissioners finalized an ongoing agreement with the City of Greenville on Wednesday, ushering in a new level of cooperation between the two governments.


Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Margaret Hayes and Greenville Law Director Eric Brand attended this week’s regular session to discuss a pre-annexation agreement between the Darke County Commissioners and City of Greenville in providing water and sanitary services to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Jail, EMA Building, Darke County Home and future Ohio Department of Transportation site.


The agreement specified that the City of Greenville would provide municipal water and sanitary sewer services, while the commissioners would be responsible for the installation of utility lines and related items to facilitate the service including construction, engineering, surveying and obtaining permits.


“The negotiations went very well. It was a pleasure to work with the city. They were very receptive,” said Commissioner Mike Stegall. “I just want to thank the city for their cooperation and we look forward to working with them in the future.”


This has been an ongoing project over the last year in which the commissioners hoped to be spared the expense of installing new sewer systems and upgrades for the jail and county home.


Business Administrator John Cook also attended the meeting to present a repair agreement between Bill Hawkey & Assoc., Inc. for extensive water damage restoration to the Darke County Home in the amount of $29,360.07.


In early January,the Darke County Home experienced a power failure that knocked out hot water lines during sub freezing temperatures. As a result, several water lines froze, eventually causing ceiling and drywall water damage in nearly 20 rooms.


According to Cook, the problem could’ve been prevented by ensuring the facility’s backup generators worked in tandem with the hot water system, however a previous county maintenance administration failed to do so.


Also on Wednesday, the commissioners signed a proclamation recognizing March as American Red Cross Month.


“American Red Cross heroes are on the front lines every day. They volunteer their time, give blood, take life-saving course or provided financial donations to help those in need,” read the proclamation. ” We dedicate the month of March to all those who support the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.”


On Monday, the commissioners approved an annual extension of time on behalf the County Treasurer Scott Zumbrink to collect taxes. The tax season was extended from June 20, 2014 until the new date of July 11, 2014.


Also on Monday, the commissioners approved the advertising of a county owned .544 acre lot due at 1:00 p.m. on April 2, 2014. Bids will be opened publicly and read aloud during the Commissioners General Session.


The property exists as an out-lot of the Wagner Street complex, which is owned and operated by the county.

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