This 27th day of September, 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.



MEETING NOTES OF APPOINTMENTS

Randy Ruge and Mike Winans, Paulding County Hospital, met with the commissioners to discuss the county’s EMS and first responders’ dilemma. Paulding County’s first responders are volunteer and response is contingent to their availability. EMS squads can sometimes have difficulty mustering a crew to respond to emergency calls. Ruge noted the hospital hosted a meeting with the six EMS squads and offered a couple of options to assist the squads with runs. Options included the hospital providing services during the week when volunteer crews may be more difficult to rally. Ruge then presented a draft of the hospital’s proposals to the EMS squads for their review. The commissioners suggested Ruge and Winans attend the township quarterly meeting and the various village meetings to present their proposal. All agreed the ultimate goal is to coordinate efforts with the EMS and first responders squads to provide the residents of Paulding County with the most efficient emergency services possible.



Rich Weiss and Alex Daberke, Starwood, along with representatives from various other entities, met with the commissioners to update the status of the Trishe Wind Ohio LLC wind farm to be constructed in Latty and Blue Creek townships. In attendance were Weiss and Daberke (Starwood); Mike Kreuzman (White Construction); Mark Bradley and Greg Cantwell (Bradley Construction Management); Brad Norden (Trishe Wind Ohio LLC); Jerry Zielke (PCED); and Travis McGarvey (Paulding County Engineer). Klopfenstein began the session by stating Paulding County welcomes wind farm development and we are pleased they have a presence in our county. Daberke stated Starwood Energy Group specializes in energy infrastructure investments, with a focus on power generation, transmission, storage and related projects. He also stated General Motors has purchased all the power that will be generated from the new wind farm for 15 years, once production begins. Daberke estimates the financial close, which triggers the go-ahead for the project, will happen within weeks. The Ohio wind siting board has already approved the project and the civil drawings are completed. Kreuzman, supervisor of construction (White Construction), added the foundation drawings are completed and local vendors have been contacted to do the work. He estimates the start of construction will be late November. Klopfenstein emphasized the importance of attention to drainage tile during construction. Kreuzman assured the commissioners he has supervised the construction of many wind farms and is well aware of the farmers’ concerns regarding maintaining proper drainage throughout and upon completion of the project. He noted a local business has also been contacted for tile repair. The commissioners emphasized the importance of trying to meet the requirements of Ohio domiciled workers on the project. Once construction has begun, Cantwell of Bradley Construction Management will be the first contact person. He has supervised the erection of 2,000 wind turbines in various states. Norden (Trishe Wind Ohio) noted he has been working closely with McGarvey on a project road agreement. Klopfenstein recommended they also contact the first responders (fire departments and EMS) of Scott and Grover Hill with road updates and for training opportunities. Cantwell commented the goal is to protect local traffic, considering school buses and farm equipment as well. Norden stated they have endeavored to steer clear of US 127 near Wayne Trace High School for safety reasons. Zielke agreed to provide a listing of local restaurants for workers’ convenience and also offered the PCED or the Small Business Innovative Center conference room (and conference phone) until the pay-down yard in completed. Weiss is projecting June 1, 2018, as “power-up”’ date for the project. Kreuzman will be scheduling regular meetings with the commissioners and the engineer to update the status of the project.



Tim Franklin and Steve Sprow, Paulding County Park District, requested lengthening the lease of the Five-Span property to 20 years, stating it is a requirement to obtain grants. Sprow also requested a lease on 70 acres the county still owns at the old county home site. The acreage is mostly wooded and some of it is in the flood plain. They would like to explore possibilities to use for trails and nature enjoyment. A survey and/or description of the acreage will be obtained.



Sheriff Jason Landers and Matt McDougall - McDougall requested authorization to participate in the state’s purchasing program (see resolution below). Sheriff Landers then discussed MARCS (Multi Agency Radio Communication System) and noted there are grant dollars available (80-20 match) to assist in funding. Radios average $1,200 to $1,500 each with maintenance fees monthly of $10 per radio.



Cindy Peters, clerk/office manager, presented county employees’ health insurance plan options. She then presented WellNet’s agreement for the commissioners’ review.



EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Holtsberry to go into executive session at 8:02 a.m. with the Paulding County Prosecutor to discuss legal matters.

At 8:22 a.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.



AUTHORIZING POLITICAL SUBDIVISION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE OF OHIO COOPERATIVE PURCHASING PROGRAM

Zartman moved to adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Ohio’s Cooperative Purchasing Act (AM. Sub. H.B. No. 100), as signed into law on December 4, 1985; and

WHEREAS, effective March 6, 1986, Ohio’s Cooperative Purchasing Act provides the opportunity for counties, townships, municipal corporations, regional transit authorities, regional airport authorities or port authorities and school districts, conservancy districts, township park districts and park districts and other authorities, to participate in contracts distributed by the State of Ohio, Department of Administrative Services, Office of Cooperative Purchasing for the purchase of supplies, services, equipment and certain materials; now, therefore,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF PAULDING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS:

Section 1. That the Paulding County Sheriff hereby requests authority in the name of the Board of Paulding County Commissioners to participate in state contracts which the Department of Administrative Services, Office of State Purchasing has entered into and the Office of Cooperative Purchasing has distributed for the purchase of supplies, services, equipment and certain other materials pursuant to Revised Code Section 125.04.

Section 2. That the Paulding County Sheriff is hereby authorized to agree in the name of the Board of Paulding County Commissioners to be bound by all contract terms and conditions as the Department of Administrative Services, Office of Cooperating Purchasing prescribes. Such terms and conditions may include a reasonable annual membership fee to cover the administrative costs which the Department of Administrative Services incurs as a result of the Board of Paulding County Commissioners’ participation in the contract. Further, that the Paulding County Sheriff does hereby agree to be bound by all such terms and conditions and to not cause or assist in any way the misuse of such contracts or make contract disclosures to non-members of the Coop for the purpose of avoiding the requirements established by ORC 125.04.

Section 3. The Paulding County Sheriff is hereby authorized to agree in the name of the Board of Paulding County Commissioners to directly pay the vendor, under each such state contract in which it participates for items it receives pursuant to the contract, and the Paulding County Sheriff does hereby agree to directly pay the vendor.



EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Holtsberry to go into executive session at 1:43 p a.m. with the Paulding County Sheriff to discuss personnel matters.

At 2:37 p.m. all members present agreed to adjourn the executive session and go into regular session.



IN THE MATTER OF AMENDING THE 2017 ANNUAL APPROPRIATION (FUND 034)

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 DARE Fund (Fund 034), to-wit;

034-001-00002/DARE/Materials AMOUNT: $2,493.06.



IN THE MATTER OF ENTERING INTO A CONTRACT WITH WELLNET TO PROVIDE A HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES

Holtsberry moved to adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the Board of Paulding County Commissioners review the County employees’ health insurance plan at renewal; and

WHEREAS, the current policy with CEBCO expires December 31, 2017; and

WHEREAS, Brown and Brown Insurance (broker) has submitted a quote for a plan with WellNet; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners does hereby enter into a contract with WellNet through Brown and Brown Insurance; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, the WellNet health insurance plan for County employees will be for one year, effective Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018.