This 23rd day of January, 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.



MEETING NOTES OF APPOINTMENTS

County Prosecutor Joe Burkard discussed trial costs and presented a check back to the commissioners from his FOJ account.



County Court Judge Rister informed the commissioners that traffic cases were lower in 2018 than in 2017, although her office stayed busy as there were more OVI tickets (drugs and alcohol). With that, there is then a criminal case that goes with that work load as well. Judge Rister is excited about continuing to receive a part-time student from the Vantage student program. She also noted we currently have approximately 230 people on probation. Rister explained we still are working through files to collect past fines and also pointed out the BMV is doing an amnesty program for people to qualify to have reinstatement fees reduced or eliminated. Rister and the commissioners also discussed problematic heating and cooling issues at the county annex building. Judge Rister added County Court is getting new computers and we also purchased all new phones to work well with the new phone system. Judge Rister also informed the commissioners she has applied for a technology grant to upgrade software.



Rob Goshia, Kyle Mawer, Ron Goedde CEO, Paulding County Hospital, met with the commissioners to introduce the hospital’s new CEO, Ron Goedde. Goedde informed the commissioners that plans and expectations are to continue what we’re doing. The hospital is a Critical Access Hospital and is here for the community. We want to keep the hospital independent. My goal for the hospital is to keep it running smoothly. There was an announcement that home health was closing. Goshia explained it takes quite a bit of resources to keep it running effectively. We lost approximately $750,000 over the last three years in home health. The community perception is they are disappointed the home health is closing. Goedde noted there are a few other agencies that provide home health within the county and the consumers still have access to very good home health services. Goedde also reiterated we need to close to make sure we can remain an acute hospital for the future. The hospital is working with local newspapers to make sure the word gets out about the home health care closing. Zartman pointed out the commissioners supported the hospital’s tough decision in having to close home health, although this board was not a part of the authority or direction to make that decision. Goedde, in closing, noted the hospital has explained that if you have a good idea that benefits the community, we will be open to listening.



Lori Davis, treasurer; Sue Miller, and Lonnie Miller, president, AG Society – Davis presented the annual financial report that reports board members for Dec. 1, 2017-Nov. 30, 2018. In addition, the report shows all of the local and state funds and all of the expenses. Davis also noted she has included a statement of activity that shows all of the revenues and expenditures that comes in from the fair. A copy of the annual financial report is available for viewing in the office of the Board of County Commissioners in the basement of the courthouse. Davis then informed the commissioners we just approved a local insurance agent out of Ottawa that handles fairs. While discussing expenses, Davis explained the electric bill is high and we had lost a transformer in the past. The campers are getting bigger and using more electricity. We can check to see if there are grant dollars out there available for fairgrounds. We are doing a fundraiser with canned turkey and chicken through the Area Foundation and the money goes toward the new rabbit barn. We have been discussing different types of fundraisers and are currently at 10 to 11 board members.



IN THE MATTER OF AMENDING THE 2019 ANNUAL APPROPRIATION (FUND 059)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby direct the County Auditor to amend the 2019 Annual Appropriation by appropriating the following in the Ditch Maintenance Non County (Fund 059), to-wit; Ditch Maintenance-Non Cnty/Ditch Maint/Non Cnty AMOUNT: $3,305.23.

    

IN THE MATTER OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS (CHAIRMAN)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners, according to Ohio Revised Code, Section 305.05, does hereby appoint Roy Klopfenstein to serve as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for 2019; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the official meeting days of the Board of County Commissioners will be each Monday and Wednesday, excluding holidays, from 8 a.m. to the close of business in the Commissioners’ Office in Suite B-1 in the lower level of the Paulding County Courthouse.



IN THE MATTER OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS (VICE CHAIRMAN)

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners, according to Ohio Revised Code, Section 305.05, does hereby appoint Tony Zartman to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for 2019; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the official meeting days of the Board of County Commissioners will be each Monday and Wednesday, excluding holidays, from 8 a.m. to the close of business in the Commissioners’ Office in Suite B-1 in the lower level of the Paulding County Courthouse.



IN THE MATTER OF DESIGNATING THE OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ALTERNATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF VOTING AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' ASSOCIATION OF OHIO IN 2019

BE IT RESOLVED, that Mark Holtsberry is designated as the Official Voting Representative of Paulding County; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that Tony Zartman is designated as the Alternate Voting Representative of Paulding County.



EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Mark Holtsberry to go into executive session at 10 a.m. with the county EMA assistant to discuss personnel matters.

At 10:29 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.