Commissioners approve change orders, purchases

By Sam Wildow - Miami Valley Today

MIAMI COUNTY — The Board of Miami County Commissioners approved change orders and purchases during their meeting on Tuesday.

The commissioners approved two change orders for the Miami County Engineering Department, first for a deduction in the Range Line Road Bridge No. 13.52 rehabilitation project. The cost of the project decreseased by approximately $1,061, with the total project cost being $155,667. The change order reflected a change in quantities and materials for the project.

The commissioners then approved a change order for the 2019 Asphalt Concrete Resurfacing Program. The change order was an increase of approximately $66,124, with the total contract amount being approximately $1,884,830. Miami County Engineer Paul Huelskamp said this amount reflected additional materials used to resurface an additional road, Greenville-Pleasant Hill Road, that was added to the project.

Following that, the commissioners approved the purchase of a 2019 Airtow flatbed trailer and the trade-in of an 1997 Eager Beaver trailer for the Engineering Department. The purchase from Fullenkamp’s Frenchtown Trailer Sales and Supply Co. of Versailles is not to exceed a total of $8,290, including the trade-in value. The trailer will be used to haul construction equipment to job sites, according to the staff report.

Later on, the commissioners also authorized the purchase of an enclosed trailer from Midway Trailer Sales of Dayton for the Sanitary Engineering Department. The cost is not to exceed $5,073. It will be used by housing and hauling equipment needed for in-field water and sewer system repairs, according to the staff report.

The commissioners then authorized the purchase of 20 desktop computers, two laptops, and associated softward for the Sanitary Engineering Department. The purchase will be from MNJ Technologies of Buffalo Grove, Ill. at a cost not to exceed approximately $17,803. Huelskamp said the IT Department advised them that the Sanitary Engineering Department needed new computers.

Also during their meeting, the commissioners, on behalf of the Family and Children First Council, authorized and signed a family preservation programming contract with Adriel, Inc. of Archbold to provide family coaching lessons. The Family and Children First Council will compensate Adriel, Inc. $43.34 for each hour of family coaching service, for a total cost not to exceed $15,000 for between July 2019 and June 2020.

The commissioners then approved a quote from M.L. Dunn of Vandalia to replace the carpet in the cafeteria at the West Central Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility due to the current carpet being old and worn. This item was previously tabled so the commissioners could ask a representative of the facility questions about the materials and vendors quoted. A representative from the facility said they previously had hardwood flooring there, but was a slip hazard when juveniles spilled liquids on the floors and was also prone to getting scratched. Commissioner Jack Evans also encouraged the facility to request more local quotes when replacing the carpet in the future.

Following that, the commissioners accepted a quote from Bissett and Company Painting to paint the interior office at the Miami County Animal Shelter, which includes the front lobby, an alcove space, and the manager’s office. The cost is not to exceed $3,500.

The commissioners then accepted a quote from Mechanial Systems of Dayton to replace a five-ton gas package unit at the Miami County Department of Job and Family Services. The cost is not to exceed $7,415. The current unit is the original unit that was installed in 2002 and has exceeded its life expectancy, according to the staff report. The commissioners also authorized an HVAC equipment and preventative maintenance contract with Mechanical System of Dayton, as requested by Job and Family Services.

After their general business, the commissioners heard a presentation from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy on land banks. Robin Thomas of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy explained the county could form a land bank as a land reutilization program to address blight, foreclosures, or vacant properties. Thomas explained a land bank could be used to take control of vacant or abandoned properties and repurpose those properties through demolitions, rehabilitations, transferring properties to qualified land users, and more. Thomas explained that while the process would begin with the county commissioners, the land bank would operate as a private nonprofit organization. She said there are currently approximately 56 land banks in Ohio.

The Miami County Board of Elections also met with the commissioners on Tuesday, requesting permission to use space in the Hobart building as temporary early voting space. Director Laura Bruns of the Board of Elections said the board wanted to move early voting to a different location other than the board’s office in the Miami County Courthouse due to accessibility issues with the ongoing construction at the plaza.

“Parking is going to be an issue no matter where we are,” Bruns said.

Bruns estimated 3,000 people will take part in early voting.

By Sam Wildow

Miami Valley Today

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