This 27th day of March, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Roy Klopfenstein, Tony Zartman, Mark Holtsberry, and Nola Ginter, Clerk.


Peggy Emerson, Paulding Chamber of Commerce, met briefly with the commissioners to announce the dates for John Paulding Days, being July 14-15. The parade will be on Friday, July 14, and fireworks are planned for Saturday, July 15. Emerson was pleased to say there are donations coming in to fund the fireworks. She reported there will once again be rides around the courthouse square, craft vendors on the courthouse lawn, and other scheduled attractions. Emerson noted ODOT will be closing U.S. 127 and SR 111 for through-village traffic. Traffic will be rerouted from Friday at 5 p.m. through Sunday 12 a.m. Emerson then announced she will be leaving her position in June. She and her husband will be relocating. Emerson expressed her gratitude for being able to serve the community in this capacity. The commissioners thanked her for her efforts and wished her well.

Michelle Miller, ODOT, provided a plat map of property located at the northwest corner of CR 123 and U.S. 24 in Emerald Township. She indicated a parcel was going to be auctioned on May 12; however, ODOT will be deeding .182 acres of ditch back to the county prior to the auction.

Ed Bohn, EMA director, was happy to announce the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), along with the Local Government Innovation Council, has informed him that the application for a Local Government Safety Capital Grant has been approved for an amount up to $177,165. Bohn is proposing the grant be utilized to construct a fire and law enforcement training facility. When completed, the training facility could be used by Paulding County fire and law enforcement and may also be rented to surrounding counties for the same purpose. Zartman agreed to assist Bohn by acting as the project manager. The commissioners and Bohn considered visiting a similar facility in the near future.