By Allison C. Gallagher
For the Troy Daily News
The Miami County Commissioners met on Wednesday and discussed everything from department of development updates to a bike path update.
Job and Family Services
Director Teresa Brubaker stated that she approved 45 applications for unemployed youth. She reported that 29 youth are actively working with employers, while 10 are waiting to be placed, one was fired and five quit. Several of the students are employed in Piqua at a local bakery or with Hartzell, and of the five who quit, none of them have applied to another job.
August is Child Support Awareness Month, and Brubaker announced that Aug. 6 is wear green to work day to support child support awareness month. The county collected $14,303,275 in spousal and child support, with an average of 69 new cases per month.
May unemployment for Miami County was 4.8 percent. Following the week ending July 5, 105 new applications were filed, along with 462 continued claims. O’Brien asked Brubaker if the claims could be a result of mandatory layoffs, which she figured was a likely case.
Bike Path Update
Executive director of Miami County Park District Scott Myers and executive director of the Troy Foundation Melissa Kleptz reported that when the bike trail opened in 2002, a fund was established by a task force to improve the trail.
The task force is no longer in existence, so Myers and Kleptz stated that the park district has decided to transfer the fund to the park district fund.
“The purpose of the fund to stay the same, to benefit the Miami County bike path,” Myers said.
He said that the fund is not limited to the establishment of an endowment for the Miami County Bike Path.
Money can be donated elsewhere, but according to Myers, “What we would do is roll the fund so donations for bike path will go only to that.”
Department of Development Updates
Community Development Program Manager Nikki Reese reports that a homeowner in Covington is asking for a home repair project waiver to renovate the exterior of her home.
According to Reese, the loan has a 0 percent interest but is non-forgivable, so should the owner sell her home, she would have to pay back the $6,500 that was loaned to her.
County Commissioner Bud O’Brien stated that what he needed to know was whether or not the home was on its first mortgage and what the cursory evaluation of the home is.
Director of Miami County Building Regulations Bob Bowman reported that there was a surplus of work available to do, and that the two men who were recently hired were working out very well.
“We have so much work (that) work is giving away work, which is a good problem to have,” Bowman said.
Commercially, Sidney has expanded, which Bowman states was a pleasant surprise.
“We’ve had a good surge,” he said. “Honda continues to grow and the air stream has surprisingly grown as well. Between them and Cargill, we’ll be doing OK.”
Miami County Board of Commissioners Vice President Jack Evans asked about the location dairy plant at Meijer on County Road 25-A in Tipp City, which is in the beginning of construction.
“Where exactly behind the fence is it going to be?” Evans asked.
Bowman said that the dairy plant will be east or west a little bit from where the plant is, and that construction plans are to bring out a section while building while a section for shipping .
Planning and Zoning Manager Dan Suerdieck has drafted legislation regarding culverts following the heavy rainstorm May 21 that caused substantial flooding and damage to the area. Suerdieck noted that the heaviest damage was at the homes on Monroe-Concord Rd. and that a lot of the damage came from properties of neighbors whose driveways flooded. The legislation would allow the county to come on to private property to work on the culverts.
O’Brien asked if the parks board needed any legal documents for the fund, to which Kletpz said the prosecutor’s office had provided them with what they needed.