Commissioners approve protection contract

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — On Thursday, the Miami County Commissioners approved a contract between the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and Bethel Township for police protection.

The cost to provide 8.5 hours of daily law enforcement services is $101,789, a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s contract.

The number of calls to that area has been “stable,” Sheriff Dave Duchak told the commissioners.

“If anything it’s probably been a little less than some years past,” he said.

The board also acknowledged the receipt of a grant for the sheriff’s office. The Justice Assistance grant, a total of $14,069, will be used to purchase prisoner containment systems for nine cruisers.

This is the second year the department has been awarded this grant, Duchak said.

Commissioners also approved the replacement of two county vehicles.

The commissioners authorized the purchase of two 2017 GMC Sierra long bed pickup trucks for the County Engineer’s Office.

These vehicles will replace two older trucks, including one that was totaled in an accident, County Engineer Paul Huelskamp said.

That truck had more than 136,000 miles on it, and while replacing that vehicle, the department decided to replace another similar truck with more than 140,000 miles on it at the same time, Huelskamp said.

The trucks will be purchased under state contract from Bob Ross Buick in Centerville at a total cost of $58,631.

By Cecilia Fox

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