MIAMI COUNTY — Current Miami County Commissioner Jack Evans has announced that he intends to run for re-election to the Board of Miami County Commission in the March 2016 Republican Primary.
The responsibilities of a county commissioner are two-fold, according to Evans. They are to maintain the physical assets of the county and to responsibly administer the county’s budget and finances. During his tenure on the board, Evans said he and the other commissioners have been able to achieve both goals in a responsible and fiscally conservative manner.
“Because of the proper management of the county’s finances and reserves, Miami County was able to weather the 2008 recession and today are in a stronger financial position because of conservative fiscal management by the commissioners and the other elected officials,” Evans said. “My experience as the owner of a successful small business for over 40 years and my 19 years as a Monroe Township Trustee have given me the experience to continue to better serve Miami County. Our reserves continue to improve as a result of balanced budgets and maintaining close oversite.”
The job of maintaining the 17 county owned buildings is and always will be a challenge, Evans said. To that end, Evans said, the Miami County Commissioners have replaced and renovated more buildings in the last five years than at any other time. They have replaced the worn out 40-year-old heating and air conditioning system that services the Safety Building and courthouse, and replaced the outdated and inefficient heating and air conditioning system in the Hobart Building of County Government. This has allowed significant savings on gas and electric usage, he said. Commissioners also have seen to the replacement of roofs, upgraded plumbing in many of the county’s buildings and replaced the 40-year-old elevators in the Safety Building, according to Evans.
Over the last six years, commissioners have also made tremendous advancement in technology in order to improve service and safety to the residents of Miami County, he said. Evans said they have replaced the outdated and obsolete 911 Communication Center’s dispatch and communication capabilities and are moving towards expanded radio and communication capabilities not only with in the county, but to the surrounding areas and the state.
“We have brought the IT capabilities of Miami County into the 21st century with the able assistance of the auditor’s department,” Evans said.
In his tenure as Miami County Commissioner, Evans said he and the other commissioners have brought much need sewer and/or water to Fletcher, Casstown, Phoneton and Brandt. He said they have assisted Covington, Pleasant Hill and Bradford with needed infrastructure improvements and have assisted all communities with the elimination of blighted buildings that only detract from the communities.
The job of county commissioner is also being involved in all different segments of the county, according to Evans.
“With my experience on various boards and commissions, children’s services, Dayton Development Coalition, Community Corrections, County Risk Sharing Authority to name a few, I am better informed and knowledgeable to better serve you the citizens of Miami County.
“I am proud of what we have accomplished during the time I have been your county commissioner, but there are many things yet to be done,” Evans said. “With your support we can continue to improve the services that you have come to expect from your county government.”