Williams County Emergency Management Agency To Develop New Protocols

By: James Pruitt

Williams County’s Emergency Management Agency will develop protocols for when an Emergency Operations Center can be set up.

Bryan City Fire Chief Bruce Siders and Dawn Baldwin, 911 and EMA, appeared before the Board of County Commissioners Sept. 12 to discuss the matter. The pair was looking for direction from the commissioners, but the three-member panel deferred to the experts.

As a result Baldwin and Siders will come up with the rules and policies dictating under what conditions the EOC may be opened and who will be in charge. They will return later with the proposed document to have the commissioners approve it.

Baldwin has reached out to several counties to see what they do.

“The state wants verbiage,” Siders said. “We want to make sure we are all on the same page.”

Five bids were received at the courthouse for the Durham Estates Sanitary Sewer project.

Dan Clum of the Engineer’s office opened the bids.

Hohenbrink Excavating, Ottawa: $260,075.50

Bryan Excavating, Bryan:$258,527.50

Crestline Paving and Excavating, Toledo: $332,182

Vernon Nagel, Napoleon: $281,071.

The engineer’s estimate was $318,698. Roth’s office will now review the bids and make a determination about which one to recommend to the commissioners.

In other news
Three property owners will soon become part of the city of Bryan after their annexation request was approved by commissioners. The property owners had been serviced by the city utility and the city had asked them to seek annexation.

The total area involves 3.62 acres from Pulaski Township. The property owners are Brett and Martha Hulbert, 346 E. High St., Bryan; Nathan and Janice Gardner, 15115 County Road 15C, Bryan and Daryle Lorntz, 15091 County Road 15C, Bryan.

The commissioners approved the following resolutions Sept. 12.

Napoleon attorney Jay Hanna has been appointed to be a special prosecutor for Williams County because Prosecutor Katherine Zartman and the Bryan city attorney have actual or the appearance of conflicts of interest.

The resolution 2016-412, replaces 411 because it has a judgment entry entered as well. The commissioners assume all responsibility for the costs incurred.

The commissioners approved two separate service contracts with Help Me Grow.

One is the county’s Family and Children First Agency and the Board of DD for $18,660.22. The other is for WCFCF and the Health Department for $66,158.16. Both contracts run through June 30, 2017.

The commissioners approved a transfer of $109,177.25 into the capital assets fund for the Courthouse due to the building bid being higher and a change order for $13,040.

The commissioners approved the following resolutions Sept. 14.

Approved various transfers for different departments, but questioned the transfer of $2,194 in the Sheriff’s Office funds to pay for a new garage door at the fairgrounds.

Approved the purchase of a new computer and supporting equipment for $1,671.71.

Hired a new dietary assistant at Bryan Senior Center.

Approved a copier agreement with Current Office Solutions.

James Pruitt may be reached at

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