June marks the halfway point of the year; 2016 has been pretty good to Darke County so far and we hope to continue the fortune into the second half of the year. We have had some weather issues with a few bad storms, but we seem to have come through them with little, or minimal damage. The weather is getting warmer, and that leads to sudden storms, so keep an eye out and be as prepared as possible for high winds and brief torrential rains. Let’s hope they will be kept to a minimum the rest of the year.
June is the month where we typically have our mid-year budget reviews with our department heads. This process gives us the opportunity to gauge what the needs will be for next year. Our department heads are holding the line as much as possible as they always do, but they have no control over things like insurance, and worker’s compensation. We have been fortunate the last few years in that our insurance, both individual and property and liability, have seen very little increases compared to other counties.
Our “Health and Wellness” initiatives are proving to be a real cost savings, as is having our property and liability insurance provider CORSA (County Risk Sharing Authority) issued through the County Commissioner’s Association (CCAO) inspect county property and make recommendations on lowering our premium. We will continue to do all we can to keep our costs to the public as low as possible.
In other happenings, On June 20, the auditor and the commissioners met with our state Auditors Julian and Grube, to discuss our recent county audit. Darke County once again came through with a clean audit. Thanks to everyone in making sure the county is doing its business with the people’s money properly.
On June 22, the county commissioners met with the Airport Advisory Board for a general meeting on the airport. Things are progressing well at the airport, and future events for Darke County are being planned. We are working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make further improvements in safety and user friendliness. The airport is going to become more and more important as companies expand and other events such as Eldora and their races, need to use the airport for business. We are also seeing an increase in people wanting to fly for pleasure again, and that will definitely add to the airport’s importance.
The parade season is in full swing for the commissioners and elected officials and our next big parades are at Ansonia on July 2 at 11 a.m. and New Madison on July 4 at 2:30 p.m. Let’s have good turnouts for both of them!
Monday, July 4, we will be closed for the holiday celebration. Other than that, we are open every Monday and Wednesday for our public sessions. Join us, at 1:30 p.m., in the Commissioner’s Office, 520 South Broadway, next to the Courthouse at that time. 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.