From left, pictured are Highland County commissioners David Daniels, Jeff Duncan and Terry Britton. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
From left, pictured are Highland County commissioners David Daniels, Jeff Duncan and Terry Britton. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Highland County commissioners Jeff Duncan, Terry Britton and David Daniels approved vehicle purchases for the Highland County Sheriff’s Office and held a bid opening during their Wednesday, June 9 meeting.

Britton said that Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera provided a quote in the amount of $33,044 Tuesday for a new vehicle. In March, commissioners also authorized the replacement of a truck at the Highland County Sheriff’s Office that had been totaled in an accident.

“The quote will be the same as the vehicle cost that was wrecked,” Britton said.

Daniels asked about the “availability” of the vehicles. “There’s 30 in stock,” Britton said.

According to Britton, the county is “going to buy two” vehicles for the sheriff’s office to “replace two high-mileage cars … with 170,000 miles or more.”

“Our goal has been, currently, to try to keep the fleet as current as possible,” Duncan added. “We buy a couple new cars every year.”

Britton motioned to accept the quote for the purchase for two sheriff’s vehicles, which passed, 3-0.

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At 9:15 a.m., a bid opening was held for improvements at Careytown/Roundhead roads. According to Highland County engineer Chris Fauber, the project, which will use Ohio Public Works Commission grant funding, includes “paving Careytown Road and reworking the intersection at Roundhead.”

The county received two bid packages, including one from the Shelly Company (total bid, $1,439,380.99) and one from Miller-Mason Paving (total bid, $1,075,716.13). The packages included bid options for the intersection improvement, the paving and an alternate option for the county “if we would take the grinding material,” according to Fauber.

Fauber said the engineer’s office will be reviewing the bids for approval at a later date, as “OPWC doesn’t release the funds until July 1st.”

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In other action, commissioners approved a lengthy list of resolutions, as Daniels noted the Highland County Probation Department is preparing for the start of a new fiscal year in the coming weeks.

“The biggest part of those were for the probation department, as this begins their new fiscal year,” he said. “They’re beginning to get their budget and appropriation line items to match up with the funding they’ve got.”

The following resolutions were approved, each by a 3-0 vote:

• A budget modification within the Rocky Fork Lake Sewer District budget in the amount of $500.

• An additional appropriation from unappropriated funds within the Engineer’s budget in the amount of $20,200.

• A reimbursement of funds from Child Support Enforcement Agency to Public Assistance, H-00 in the amount of $6,254.25 for May 2021 Child Support Shared Cost Distribution.

• A request for an additional appropriation from unappropriated funds within the Sheriff’s budget in the amount of $1,577.18.

• A budget modification within S-18 from Specialized Staff to Advances Out in the amount of $11,000. Also authorized is an advance from Advances Out to T-38 in the amount of $11,000.

• A budget modification within S-18 from Specialized Staff to Advances Out in the amount of $25,000. Also authorized is an advance from Advances Out to T-39 in the amount of $25,000.

• A budget modification within S-18 from Specialized Staff to Advances Out in the amount of $7,000. Also authorized is an advance from Advances Out to T-40 in the amount of $7,000.

• A budget modification within S-18 from Specialized Staff to Advances Out in the amount of $10,000. Also authorized is an advance from Advances Out to T-41 in the amount of $10,000.

• A request to establish a new fund within the Jail Diversion Program for FY22, T-38 JRIG. The new fund shall have the following line items and appropriation in the amount of $60,732.

• A request to establish a new fund within the Jail Diversion Program for FY22, T-39 Jail Diversion. The new fund shall have line items and appropriation in the amount of $77,012.

• A request to establish a new fund within the Prosecutorial Diversion Program for FY22, T40 Prosecutorial Diversion. The new fund shall have the following line items and appropriation in the amount of $34,426.

• A request to establish a new fund within the Pretrial Release Program for FY22, T-41 Pretrial Release. The new fund shall have the line items and appropriation in the amount of $37,282.

• A request to establish a new fund within PSI Writing for FY22, T-42 Pretrial Release. The new fund shall have the following line items and appropriation in the amount of $13,032.

• A resolution authorizing the establishment of a new line item, District Expenses, within W-75 EMA.

Commissioners also approved a contract with Family and Children First Councils, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities – Early Intervention Service Coordination Grant Agreement, July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Duncan said this contract is for Help Me Grow programming.

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While the commissioners stood in recess awaiting an executive session, three members of the county’s records retention committee held a brief meeting.

The committee includes Duncan and four other Highland County officials: recorder Chad McConnaughey, clerk of courts Ike Hodson, prosecutor Anneka Collins and auditor Bill Fawley.

McConnaughey, Duncan and Hodson met to review RC-2 forms submitted by county offices for records retention.

“We have two updated RC-2s that offices have requested to be filed and approved by us and sent on to the state,” McConnaughey said. “One is for the Board of DD, and the other is for Anneka Collins, county prosecutor.”

Duncan explained that these offices “have gone through their records and determined that these [records] were unusable.”

The board voted 3-0 to approve those requests.

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At 9:30 a.m., commissioners entered an executive session for economic development with representatives of National Grid Renewables regarding Dodson Creek Solar. According to National Grid Renewables (https://nationalgridrenewables.com/dodson-creek), “The Dodson Creek Solar Project (Dodson) is an up to 117 megawatt (MW) solar development located in Highland County, Ohio. Dodson will span approximately 1,462 acres and will be connected to the electric grid via a new substation adjacent to the existing Hillsboro – Clinton County 138 kV transmission line.” No action was anticipated, according to Britton.