This 29th day of November, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Tony Zartman, Mark Holtsberry, and Nola Ginter, Clerk. Absent: Roy Klopfenstein.


Rick King met with the commissioners to voice his concerns relating to the ditch on Ohio 111. According to King, the state built the ditch back in the 1970s. It is 100 percent in the state’s right of way. The ditch was not put on maintenance and now needs some major improvements. The ditch was last cleaned out in the 1980s. King commented the state will allow the residents to clean the ditch; however, they want to be paid for the dirt that is removed from the ditch. He noted there are steel culverts and tanks in the ditch that are now rusting out and caving in at some points. Because the ditch is state-owned, the commissioners have no jurisdiction or authority over it. Zartman directed King to the county prosecutor for an opinion as to where the authority lies.

Marsha Yeutter, PC Senior Center, presented her completed budget for 2018. She then discussed the senior center’s need for a dietician. Dietary Solutions will provide a dietician one day per quarter for up to four hours. Yeutter had a prepared agreement for the commissioners’ review. The agreement will be scanned to the prosecutor for his approval as to form. Yeutter has also been working with the JFS director on transportation services for residents 60 years and older. She also noted she has some kitchen equipment that is no longer useful at the senior center. She will provide the details so a resolution can be done, authorizing her to discard/sell the equipment.

Judge Michael Wehrkamp, Probate/Juvenile Court, presented his budget for the commissioners’ review.


Holtsberry moved to adopt the following resolution;

WHEREAS, whenever a political subdivision of the state is required by law to make any legal publication in a newspaper, the newspaper shall be one of general circulation; and

WHEREAS, the Paulding County Prosecuting Attorney has deemed that both the West Bend and the Paulding County Progress meet the criteria for a newspaper of general circulation; and

WHEREAS, upon receiving quotes from both newspapers and following the general practice of accepting the lowest bid, it was recommended to accept the bid from the West Bend News; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby agree to utilize the West Bend News, P O Box 1008, 101 North Main Street, Antwerp OH 45813 as their newspaper of general circulation for the calendar year 2018.