Friday, April 29, 2011

April Update From The Darke County Commissioners

April is almost gone and hopefully all the rain that is associated with it. By the time this is written, maybe our farmers are finally getting their planting at least started and hopefully done. April is also tax time as we all know, but this year we all got a 3 day reprieve. We hope everyone’s taxes are paid, or all of your refunds are already back to you. April has been a mixed bag here in the Commissioner’s office. We have done a lot of catching up on things, and are waiting in some instances to hear some results.

The State Rte. 242 project is, according to the Ohio Dept. of Transportation in Sidney, is still being pursued. This project will enhance the Darke County Airport immensely. No completion date has been set, but we will stay on top of the project and move it along as quickly as we can. As of now, we have had no new updates on the wind farm project in the northwest part of the county. At last report, Invenergy, the company heading the project, seemed to think they were on schedule. We are in the process of reviewing applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money. There are approximately 11 projects under consideration, but we will not know anything until the grant money is awarded. We have no idea how much it will be, so once again we are in a wait and see mode. The state budget is not fully set yet, so we still have no idea how much money will be coming to the County. The Commissioners and our Elected Officials in the Courthouse will prepare as best we can to make sure Darke County stays fiscally sound. We will continue to monitor this situation, and we will have a solution hopefully by mid-year. Students from the High Schools in our county will be taking tours and attending a session of the Darke County Commissioners for Student Government Day. This is a yearly event, and we look forward to helping our young members of the County to learn about how their County works. The Economic Development Dept. continues to stay very busy with job retention and acquisition. Marc Saluk, our Economic Development Director, did take a well deserved week of vacation this month, but as soon as he got back, started right in again. This dept. seems to be making a lot of progress, and Marc and Melanie Nealeigh, the secretary, continue to advance Darke County whenever possible. When you see them, thank them for a job well done.

As always, we look forward to hearing and seeing you at one of our Regular Session Board meetings, held every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office, located next to the Courthouse at 520 South Broadway, Greenville. Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

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