Commissioners discuss county roadways

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Board of Commissioners met Wednesday afternoon to discuss resurfacing county roadways and ditch maintenance. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were all present.

The board approved a motion to accept bids from Walls Brothers of Greenville, for the resurfacing of various county and township roadways. The bids were presented by Darke County Engineer Jim Surber, who said the project will be partly funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission and will include 13 roads in 10 different townships, and six different county roads.

Darke County townships included in this project are: Franklin, Brown, Monroe, Washington, Jackson, Adams, Twin, Wayne, York and Harrison.

Darke County roadways included in the project are: Beamsville-Webster Road, Hollansburg Arcanum Road, Mills Road, McGreevey Road, Sebring Warner Road and Childrens Home-Bradford Road.

Surber added that the project will take place this summer with a completion date of Sept. 15, 2021. The estimated project cost is $2,223,855.71.

Next, the board approved a quote from Koenig Equipment, Inc. of Greenville, for a new lawn mower at the price of $13,230. The mower will be used for mowing county buildings. The mower will be paid with using county funds.

The board then discussed the state’s recent decision to provide full reimbursement to counties for indigent defense.

Commissioner Mike Stegall said it’s about time.

“It’s something we’ve worked for since I’ve been here,” he said. “When I got here it was 40 or 50 percent they were trying to fund, at some point it went down, it was down to about 30 percent at one point. I know the County Commissioners Association really said, ‘This is a state thing.’ We will give Governor DeWine credit for saying that this is something that we need.”

Commissioner Matt Aultman added that the new funds will free up some space in the county budget.

“It provides about a $100,000 back to the county budget to help operate the county that’s not on the backs of the citizens of Darke County,” he said.

In observance of Independence Day the county offices will be closed on Monday, July 5. The Darke County Board of Commissioners will meet next on July 7, Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the county administrative office located at 520 S. Broadway in Greenville. To contact them, call 937-547-7370.

By Abigail Miller

DarkeCountyMedia.com

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