From wet and cool to hot and humid, July has certainly been a mixed bag of weather. The first half of the month was a continuation of June with rain and cool temperatures almost daily, and now the last week or so, it has been more like a Darke County July, hot and humid. It really is time for us to start getting summertime weather here, so I guess we can’t complain too much, except for all the rain.
July was not a good month for folks in the Northern and Western part of the county. These areas received five to seven inches of rain the evening of July 13, and many residents sustained a lot of damage to their homes and property. Mindy Saylor, the Darke County E.M.A. director and Josh Haney, her assistant, spent many hours trying to help people by assessing the damage, and working with F.E.M.A. (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to try and get some help and get Darke County some federal money.
Unfortunately, we fell far short of F.E.M.A. requirements for federal assistance. Thanks to Mindy and Josh and all of our emergency personnel who selflessly gave help to their neighbors and friends on that evening. The Darke County Courthouse, and the County Commissioners office suffered some water in their basements, but thanks to Marty Munchel and our maintenance crew, they took care of it very quickly. Thanks to those hard-working gentlemen!
In other happenings in the county, the Darke County airport is seeing some interest from people who want to make our airport their home base. The airport has received some needed upgrades, too, with a new card reader for fuel, and we are in the process of having the fuel tanks inspected and cleaned. We hope to announce some more changes in the near future.
The commissioners office has been fairly quiet, but we have been working on projects and waiting to make announcements as soon as we get things wrapped up and signed.
On July 24, the Darke County C.I.C. and Partnering 4 Progress held their summer meeting and golf outing at Stillwater Golf Course. The meeting was well attended with about 60 people showing up for the meeting and 28 people playing golf. Marc Saluk, the Economic Development director, made a good presentation reminding us how far we have come and how well we have done compared to other counties in the state. Marc made the point that we are very fortunate and should be thankful for what we have accomplished.
Lisa Wendel, the Career Pathway coordinator, gave a really good presentation on our vision for the future. This included mentorships, company visits by students and school leaders, job shadowing, and another manufacturing day in October. This program is one of the most advanced in the state, and although it is still in its infancy, this program is starting to bear fruit. Congratulations to Marc, Lisa and Melanie Nealeigh, the office manager, for making our ED office the best in the state!
On a personal note, Commissioner Diane Delaplane has decided not to run for another term next year. This was a hard decision for her, but as she said, it was time. Diane has been our social coordinator, and always remembers birthdays and represents Darke County in a positive light all the time. Diane has one more year before her term is up, so she still has a lot of work to do. Our whole office wishes her well in the future.
On July 29, Commissioner Mike Rhoades and his wife Linda celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. Congratulations to two fine people. One thing is certain, Linda is certainly heaven bound and slated for sainthood for sure!!
August is upon us and with that comes hot weather and the Great Darke County Fair! As the summer begins to wind down, won’t you come to a commissioner’s meeting?
We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s office located at 520 South Broadway in downtown Greenville, just south of the courthouse. Hope to see you there!!
The current Darke County Commissioners are Diane Delaplane, Mike Rhoades and Mike Stegall. They 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.