Commissioners OK wage account increase

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — At their meeting Thursday, the Miami County Commissioners approved an increase for the county’s wage accounts and a revised summer sewer credit.

The commissioners authorized a 2 percent increase in all wage and wage related accounts, excluding those that are governed by a collective bargaining unit.

It will be up to the elected officials in each department to distribute the additional funds, Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien said. The increase is not a 2 percent wage increase for all county employees.

According to the commissioners, the increase was made possible by a surplus in the budget last year.

The commissioners also approved changes to the county’s summer sewer credit policy.

All residential customers of the county’s water and sewer services are eligible for the credit, which is in effect for the billing months of June-October.

The credit begins when a customer’s monthly water usage reaches 5,000 gallons during those months. Customers whose monthly water usage exceeds 5,000 gallons will not be billed for any amount over that.

“It’s really easy for the customers. They don’t have to jump through hoops,” Commissioner Jack Evans said.

The credit is available to all customers who reside in their home and excludes multi-family housing and commercial and industrial customers. There will be no fee or application to receive the credit and there is no wait period.

The changes to the summer sewer credit policy eliminate the need for deduct meters. The county will also not approve the installation of future deduct meters for residential customers.

In other business, the commissioners authorized the Engineer’s Office to purchase three 2016 GMC Sierra pick-up trucks at a cost of $34,128 per vehicle. The new vehicles will replace three older pick-ups.

• Accepted a quote from Jeff Saxton, Master Bookbinder, for the repair of several books in the Recorder’s Office at a cost not to exceed $4,000

• Authorized the purchase of one lightbar for the Sheriff’s Office at a cost of $1,305

• Approved an agreement with Phil Snider for administrative assistance and implementation of the Community Development Allocation Program. The contract is not to exceed $10,000.

• Approved an agreement with Finfrock Construction Company and K&S Excavating for emergency water and sewer repair in 2016 at a cost not to exceed $10,000 per occurrence.

By Cecilia Fox

Reach Cecilia Fox at or (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at or (937) 552-2205.