By Allison Gallagher
For the Troy Daily News
In general business, the Miami County Commissioners read an agreement that the county engineer authorized and signed in regards to technical support for the Gasboy system. The agreement with Gilbarco Inc. tracks the fueling transactions for the fuel island at the engineer’s office. The cost will not exceed $198 annually from May 17 of this year to May 17, 2015, and will be paid from Fund 102.
The commissioners signed the 2015 Ohio Department of Youth Services Grant Agreement for funding $1,726,940 to go to the West Central Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility. The period for funding began on July 1 and lasts until June 30, 2015.
They also authorized to revise the position descriptions of animal shelter director, chief animal control officer, animal control officer and clerk/kennel attendant. Marcia Doncaster and Tammie Hoover, who are animal shelter director and HR manager respectively, contacted the commissioners because the general duties, working conditions and essential functions of the position need updated.
County commissioner president John O’Brien said that he was grateful that Doncaster and Hoover were on top of it.
“We do appreciate their hard work,” O’Brien said. “They took the initiative and are bringing things up to date.”
A hearing date was set to hear the request for a change in zoning at Douglas Groves in Springcreek Township. The commissioners signed a contract for management consulting services with Schonhardt & Associates in Hilliard, for the production of the three-year A-87 Indirect Cost Allocation Plans for the County. The annual cost is not to exceed $9,000, and mileage reimbursement is not to exceed $160 annually for two trips maximum. The contract will be paid from General Fund 001-002.
Mike Jess and Scott Black from the Miami County Agricultural Society talked to the commissioners about plans for the 2014 Miami County Fair and the Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest. Last year there was inclement weather during the Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest, which Jess and Black were confident would not happen again as they shared the tentative list of activities, which includes the hot air balloons as well as helicopter rides and a visit from Columbus Zoo animals on Oct. 5.
Along with county engineer Paul Huelskamp, Jess and Black talked about the impact the flooding from this past winter and more recently May 21 and 22 had on the area around the fairgrounds and southern part of the city.
Some of the heaviest damage was on County Road 25-A, across from Joe Johnson’s car dealership. Huelskamp stated that he had duck bills, which are pipes inserted through the ditches, laid in the fields near the car dealership where the worst flooding was, and that the price to lay the pipes was $15,000.
The three also discussed what impact the flooding would have on the fairgrounds. According to Huelskamp, they pulled out the low flow of water that goes between the county engineer’s office to the sheriff’s building, which is how the water was backing up into Lytle Road and then in the fairgrounds. Near the fairgrounds is the Morgan ditch, which was created not with the fairgrounds in mind but the city.
“Morgan ditch was petitioned to drain that section of Troy and rebuilt by conservancy, to protect Troy, not fairgrounds,” Huelskamp said. “But the fairgrounds are there so we need to take that into account.”
The commission discussed inserting valves along 25-A near the fairgrounds to let water out of the fairgrounds and, according to Huelskamp, to protect them from flooding.
“Water should not get in to the fairgrounds, unless we get water on Westbrook that floods 25-A,” he said. “Everything at the north is pretty well taken care of.”