Commissioners approve visitors bureau budget

By Sam Wildow -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Commissioners met in regular session for a light meeting Tuesday morning, approving a budget for a partnership agency and amending a previous resolution in regard to a travel training request.

The commissioners approved the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau 2018 budget as submitted by executive director Diana Thompson. Commissioners’ administrator Leigh Williams explained that approving their budget is an action the commissioners do pursuant to an agreement that they have in place with the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau.

“I want to commend Diana (Thompson) and her board for the excellent work they do for Miami County,” commissioner Bud O’Brien said. “They’ve made great strides over the last four to five years in that organization, and I want to thank them for all their efforts.”

Commissioner Jack Evans agreed with that sentiment and also commended the bureau’s programming, saying, “So often times these organizations do the same programs over and over … And this group does not. They look for new programs, and they change programs that don’t work, so I give them credit for that as well.”

The commissioners also amended a resolution in regard to baggage fees for the commissioners’ trip to Washington, D.C. for a conference at the White House on Aug. 28-30. The amended resolution authorized the payment of baggage fees for commissioners O’Brien and Evans. Commissioner Gregory Simmons did not have any baggage fees.

At the conference, county commissioners from all over the state of Ohio attended an event at the White House to discuss issues affecting Ohio communities and to develop relationships with federal officials. The day-long event included a tour and meetings with members of the administration, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway. Vice President Mike Pence opened the meeting; President Donald Trump, on a visit to Texas following Hurricane Harvey, was not in attendance.

The commissioners also adopted a revision to the Miami County Procurement Police Manual, which updates the policy for disposal of surplus equipment, vehicles, and furnishings. Williams explained that the change addresses online auctions.

O’Brien thanked employee Chris Johnson and everyone involved for the update and learning how to do these types of procurement and sales for the county, adding that “it’s been a long time coming.”

The commissioners ended their general session by going into executive session with representatives from transit and human resources for the purpose of discussing personnel and appointing staff.

By Sam Wildow

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