This 15th day of April, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Roy Klopfenstein, Tony Zartman, Mark Holtsberry and Cindy Peters, Clerk.


Commissioners’ clerk Cindy Peters presented bids for the CIC#2 general obligation note with a recommendation to award the bid to State Bank with an interest rate of 3.76%. (See resolution below.)

Chad Crosby, County Engineer’s office,  opened the bids for the 2019 Joint Township Chip Seal Project. (See resolution below.)

William Owen met briefly with the commissioners to discuss an issue he has with an electrical wire and pipe damage possibly caused by the original contractor that put in the sewer line in on property that he purchased along the Auglaize River Sewer District. The sewer lines were inspected for that property back in 2012. Zartman recommended that Owen call the original contractor that the previous property owner used and see if he can obtain any information from them.

Dave Burtch, Jerry Zielke (Economic Development) and Deb Brown (Save Your Town) – Brown introduced herself and informed the commissioners that we need more retail in our communities. Your people are fabulous and excited about the future. You start with shared spaces; Pop ups during events. There are people in your community that make things. There are always people selling things out of their home. We’re all about the small steps. Instead of jumping in and buying a building, it’s better to fail in those small steps instead of the big steps. The average family income in Paulding County is $68,000. I would also promote the housing in Paulding County. Apartment rentals, second story housing, lots of work needs done. Fix those buildings up. Start with second story housing. Klopfenstein inquired that after small retail, what do you go after next? Brown commented that you have two groups that wanted a feed and grain farm store. Small manufacturing is another good idea for here. We talked about a maker space. You pay $25-$30 a month and hang out and show people how to use their old donated tools, sewing machines, artists, crochet, the small scale manufacturing make your shared space possibilities. The local churches have done community gardens. Ag is so different than when I grew up. We are starting to see more organic. Stop talking and take action. Brown noted that we painted the side of a building here in Paulding and if there are windows boarded up, maybe have the local art classes paint the boards. Put graphics in the windows of empty buildings to show the opportunity of what the building can be. Zielke also obtained some ideas from students including outdoor movie events and have a tailgate party. Brown asked the commissioners what they would like to see. Zartman explained that with our youth leaving, I wanted to try to change that. We now have groups of people working together with excitement and passion. I think things are working, but it’s going to take the entire community. Brown - The tipping point is 18% of the people. Klopfenstein reported that people will want to live here because of our small towns and schools.

Sheriff Jason Landers presented 2019 projections and monthly Jail report for the month ending March 31. There were 52 male inmates serving 837 days and 26 female inmates serving 246 days in the month of March for a total of 1,083 days served. Total inmates held were 78. The average inmates held per day was 34.9 with 27 being male and 7.9 female. The average inmate’s stay per day was 13.8 with 16 being male and 9.4 female. Meals served for the month of March totaled 2,433 meals. Sheriff Landers and the commissioners also briefly discussed the upgrade NG911 and MARCS radios.

Everett Nichols informed the commissioners that he is experiencing repeated flooding on his property in Oakwood from the field surrounding his property.


This 15th day of April, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners received quotes from County Banking institutions to borrow funds in the amount of $26,000 for the CIC #2 (Fund 112), to-wit:

Local Bank; Interest Rate; Interest payment:

State Bank; 3.76%; $991.18

Antwerp Exchange Bank; 4.0%; $1,040

First Financial Bank; No Bid

A motion was made by Zartman to accept the quote from State Bank for a general obligation note at an interest rate of 3.76%, with no penalty for early payment; and be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby authorize any two of the three commissioners to sign the note. The note will be for one year with the Prosecutor’s opinion to be included.


This 15th day of April, being the day advertised in the West Bend News, a paper of general circulation within the County, as per Section 307.86 of the Ohio Revised Code, one bid was received and opened for the 2019 Joint Township Chip Seal Project, to-wit;


Ward Construction Company, Leipsic; $231,085.50

Henry W. Bergman Inc., Genova; $248,024.85

The Paulding County Engineer’s estimate for the project is $301,230.79. The specifications will be studied with a determination to be made later.


WHEREAS, The attorney general shall develop, provide, and certify training programs and seminars for all elected officials or their appropriate designees, and for all future officials who choose to satisfy the training requirement before taking office, in order to enhance the officials’ knowledge of the duty to provide access to public records as required by section 149.43 of the Revised Code and to enhance their knowledge of the open meetings laws set forth in section 121.22 of the Revised Code. The training shall be three hours for every term of office for which the elected official or future official was appointed or elected to the public office involved. The training shall provide elected officials or their appropriate designees and future officials with guidance in developing and updating their offices’ policies as required under section 149.43 of the Revised Code. The successful completion by an elected official, by an elected official’s appropriate designee, or by a future official of the training requirements established by the attorney general under this section shall satisfy the education requirements imposed under division (E) of section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

WHEREAS, “Designee” means a designee of the elected official in the public office if that elected official is the only elected official in the public office involved or a designee of all of the elected officials in the public office if the public office involved includes more than one elected official now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, we the Board of Commissioners of Paulding County, Ohio designate the Clerk and/or the Assistant Clerk to the Board of Commissioners to be our official designee.