This 8th day of November, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Roy Klopfenstein, Mark Holtsberry, and Nola Ginter, Clerk. Absent: Tony Zartman.


Judge Michael Wehrkamp, Paulding County Juvenile/Probate Court, discussed the protocol for appointing board members for various entities.

Ed Bohn, Paulding County EMA, Bohn presented bills for approval. He noted 14 confirmed tornadoes in Ohio last Sunday. Fortunately, he has heard of no personal injuries resulting from the tornadoes. The LEPC listing for 2017-2019 was updated. Bohn reported he will again be participating in the Christmas For Kids this holiday season. He also said the First Responders Training Facility site is very wet. Cement work will take longer to cure. He reported having met with the fire chiefs and six of the eight were in favor of using the MARCS radio system. Some are concerned about the cost of the MARCS pagers ($650 each).


The following were present at an elected officials’ luncheon: Ann Pease, Lou Ann Wannemacher, Michael Wehrkamp, Roy Klopfenstein, Mark Holtsberry, Tiffany Beckman, Claudia Fickel, Carol Temple and Nola Ginter.

County Recorder Carol Temple reported the deeds back to 1832, indexes, abstracts for townships and villages from 1960-1989 are all viewable on archive in her office (on computer). She said having these documents on computer saves handling the old books when a copy is requested. She also noted October was the biggest month to date for recording documents. Trishe Wind Farm has kept them very busy.

Clerk of Courts Ann Pease noted her office staff members have been busy back scanning cases.

County Treasurer Lou Ann Wannemacher discussed the Paulding County Land Reutilization Corporation (PCLRC). She noted the goal of the PCLRC is to put properties back to good use and get them back on the tax bill. If nothing is done, delinquent taxes will continue to rise and the eyesore property will still be there. She said 14 properties need to be obtained for the land bank process to get started. Wannemacher is also reviewing the tax bills for mailing in December.

Juvenile/Probate Judge Michael Wehrkamp reported the new diversion/truancy specialist is Elizabeth Zartman. He noted Zartman and Ankney have attended training sessions. Wehrkamp said he is partnering with Van Wert and Mercer counties to apply for a grant from the Department of Youth Services. He noted Zartman’s time is divided between Juvenile Court diversion and truancy, coordinated through Western Buckeye ESC. Judge Wehrkamp said the schools have received Zartman’s services very well.

County Auditor Claudia Fickel announced one property will sell at an auditor’s sale on Nov. 28. She also reminded those in attendance the 2018 appropriation/expense worksheets will be distributed next week.

Common Pleas Judge Tiffany Beckman reported criminal cases are the highest she’s seen during her tenure. Cases in general are already ahead of 2016 total with two months left in 2017. Holtsberry asked if Beckman had the final cost of the most recent murder trial. Beckman doesn’t know the final costs yet.

Klopfenstein said the Defiance County commissioners toured the Paulding County Jail earlier today. The Paulding County Sheriff recently secured an agreement with Defiance County to house inmates. Klopfenstein noted the commissioners have been working on budget worksheets.

Holtsberry informed the group (per the coroner) there have been no deaths in Paulding County as a result of opioid overdose.

Beckman reported on drug court. She noted there have been successes, as well as failures. For the most part, she is pleased with its direction.

The next scheduled Elected Officials’ Luncheon is Wednesday, Jan. 10.


A motion was made by Holtsberry to go into executive session at 8:32 a.m. with the Paulding County Prosecutor to discuss legal matters.

At 8:49 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.


Holtsberry moved to adopt the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby direct the County Auditor to amend the 2017 Annual Appropriation by appropriating the following in the Dog & Kennel Fund (Fund 002), to-wit;

002-001-00002/Dog & Kennel/Salaries-Employees AMOUNT: $7,500.


Holtsberry moved to adopt the following resolution:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby endorse the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) membership from August 1, 2017, through August 1, 2019 as follows:

Jay Klopfenstein Fire Chief

Leroy Anderson Fire Chief

Jason Landers Sheriff

Matt McDougall 911 Coordinator

Roy Klopfenstein County Commissioner

Greg Reinhart Mayor

Edward Bohn EMA Director

Judy Wells EMA Administrative Assistant

Kyle Mawer Emergency Department Director

Julie Retcher Emergency Coordinator-Nursing

Dave Foltz EMS Coordinator

Mark Klausing Field Coordinator

Bill Edwards Emergency Coordinator

Dr. Joseph Kuhn Coroner

Jeff Hunyor Environmentalist

Ken Manz Safety Director

Bryce Steiner Publisher-Editor

Shannon Ruschel Volunteer

Erica Willitzer Public Records

Brian Donley Bio-Safety

Corey Walker JFS Director

Fred Pieper Other