Commissioner’s Corner – September


By Mike Stegall, Diane Delaplane and Mike Rhoades - Darke County Commissioners



September 22 is the official first day of Autumn. Autumn means cooler weather, high school football is going strong, and it won’t be long until leaves are falling, crops are coming off, bonfires, and preparations for the three big holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are getting underway. This year has really flown by, and in some cases that’s a good thing. When time flies, it means you are busy or having fun, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

September has been a pretty typical month with our scheduled meetings, regular sessions, proclamations and as always, more meetings. September did include some very special events that the commissioners participated in. One of those was our first Aviation Day held at the Darke County Airport on September 24.

We would like to thank our tenants for suggesting this event and for making this a success. Richard Borgerding, and Patrick Ryan, two of our tenants, worked very hard on organizing and promoting this event. Although the weather was less than perfect, a good crowd showed up to see a crop dusting plane (thank you to Roger Trump), several experimental aircraft our tenants owned, ultralight aircraft, and of course Midmark provided their jet for the people to see.

Gary Stull of J Crane, Inc., another of our tenants, opened up his twin engine aircraft and let people step inside and look around. Refreshments were provided by the Supply Chain Management Students from the Greenville Career Tech Center. The hot dogs were donated by Midmark, and all proceeds from donations were given to the Special Olympics. Thanks also goes to the Miami Valley Career Tech Aviation Mechanics students for their display, Christine Doering from the Bowling Green University Flight center for their display, and to the Civil Air Patrol for their display and for helping park cars.

The commissioners want to thank Borgerding, Ryan, Stull and all of our other tenants and vendors for rolling out their aircraft so children and adults could ask questions about aviation. A very special thanks to Denise Dillman, administrative assistant to John Cook, who worked tirelessly with both tenants, (and even sprained her ankle), to make this a success. Thanks to all of you for your efforts. The tenants would like to have another one in the Spring, and we will let everyone know the date when it is set.

The second big event was the homecoming of Olympic Bronze medalist Clayton Murphy on September 30 before the home football game at New Madison. The commissioners along with many others were proud to honor Clayton with a proclamation designating August 15, 2016 as “Clayton Murphy Day.” Congratulations to a fine young man who put the tiny village of New Madison, and all of Darke County on the worldwide stage. We are certain that Clayton will represent his family, school, village and county in a very positive light from now on, and represent the best of Darke County to the world. Thank you Clayton!

October is here, so won’t you come on up to a Commissioner’s meeting? We meet every Monday and Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m., in our office at 520 S. Broadway. Hope to see you there!

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By Mike Stegall, Diane Delaplane and Mike Rhoades

Darke County Commissioners

The Darke County Commissioners can be reached at 937-547-7300. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

The Darke County Commissioners can be reached at 937-547-7300. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.