This 3rd 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.


A motion was made to go into executive session at 8 a.m. with the county prosecutor to discuss legal matters.

At 8:15 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.


County Engineer Travis McGarvey informed the commissioners that we are close to getting signatures for the road agreement. We have a culvert project in Benton Township at Roads 57 and 24. McGarvey noted that we’ve been fixing some holes and berms (small maintenance). The bridge on Road 79 (Blue Creek bridge) – we will take a look at possibly shortening that guardrail to allow better access. Road 131 has some pipe issue with separation at the joints on a culvert. Culverts are township responsibility. There is a gas tax increase of 10.5 cents. House Bill 62, the state transportation budget, adopted a compromise bill that was voted on by both chambers. The conference report includes a gas tax increase of 10.5 cents per gallon and a diesel fuel tax increase of 19 cents per gallon. The increase will be effective July 1. New revenue will be distributed 55 percent to the state and 45 percent to local governments. CNG vehicles will pay the same rate as diesel, subject to a five-year phase-in. The conference report includes a new $100 fee on hybrid vehicles and $200 for electric vehicles. There was also some discussion regarding the water drainage issue at the section of houses at the intersection of Ohio’s 49 and 111. Dan Foust, SWCD administrator, also joined the conversation and will be in contact with one of the landowners in that area.

Dan Foust, SWCD administrator, presented the bid books prepared for Melody Acres Ditch. It is ready to advertise. Also, on Friday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m., SWCD is meeting with ODA at Defiance SWCD and invited the commissioners to attend.

EMA director Ed Bohn informed the commissioners that the county received the final grant payment for the Training Facility in the amount of $22,803. Bohn noted that we will be up and running by the third week of April. There is an exercise this Saturday at 9 at the Mercer Landmark Propane facility. We are using their railcars with Norfolk & Southern assisting. Klopfenstein directed Bohn to have county employees moving the EMA generators use county vehicles to avoid any liability issues. There is a Pipeline Safety Training class on April 30. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner at 5:30 p.m. Bohn explained that he will be in Indianapolis next week for FDIC (Tuesday-Saturday). He also commented that there is a caravan of farmers going to Nebraska and relief efforts taking place within Paulding County. The relief effort is a partnership between OSU Extensions, Paulding and Van Wert Counties, 4-H, FFA Chapters, Paulding County Area Foundation, local farmers, the Paulding and Van Wert Counties Farm Bureau and agribusinesses.