Commissioners Talk Rural Broadband and Animal Shelter – Darke County Now

GREENVILLE—The Darke County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon to discuss facility maintenance and rural broadband. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Mike Stegall and Larry Holmes were all present.

The board approved the resolution (R-325-2022), to transfer $43,500 from the general fund for “maintenance and repairs”. The board said that while the repairs weren’t planned, they were excited to see them.

“Good to see the interview happening,” Commissioner Holmes said. “We have a lot of activities that Dale Musser, facility and security manager, has taken the lead on. Glad to see this happening.

Prior to the meeting, the board discussed broadband and next steps.

The board had previously set a deadline for proposals on August 26 and received several proposals. Commissioner Aultman said the next step will be to interview broadband companies.

According to the State of Ohio, 83% of the populated area and 40% of households in Darke County do not have access to fixed broadband service.

Commissioners released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Engineering and Deployment of Strategic Broadband Networks to improve broadband access for education, job creation, healthcare and more so in Darke County. The Commissioner intends, through this RFP, to expand Broadband Infrastructure, as defined below, for the benefit of Darke County residents, businesses, community institutions, government and overall economic development and to catalyze local innovation.

The date for awarding the request for approval is Friday, September 23.

Attending Tuesday’s meeting was Darke County Dog Warden Robert Bair.

Bair informed the board of several reports in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana of new strains of parvovirus or another unknown disease affecting animal health.

He told commissioners that the Darke County Animal Shelter plans to take precautions to anticipate this issue.

“As a precaution and on the recommendation of our county veterinarians, we believe it is necessary for the health of the dogs at Darke County Animal Shelter to vaccinate any dog ​​as soon as they enter the county animal shelter. of Darke.”

He said the procedure will come into effect on September 12, 2022.

Vaccinations will be for all dogs that enter the shelter without carrying a current year’s license, all dogs that carry a current year’s license and whose owner cannot be contacted until the dog has enters the shelter, and all dogs abandoned by the owner.

The council holds regular session every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at 520 South Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331. For more information, contact the commissioner’s office at 937-547-7370.