Fulton County Commissioners Hear Departmental Reports

By: Rebecca Miller

During the Thursday morning, July 29, 2021 Commissioners meeting, the Fulton County Commissioners voted to approve the minutes from July 27 and the agenda as amended, adding a resolution to the end of the list.

Also approved, were:
-Increase and transfer of appropriations for various departments
-Resolution 2021-546 Legal and Authorize Ad for bids for Ditch 2141-Myers
-Resolution 547 Change order #1 to Contract 2021-53 with Henry Bergman for FY19 CDBG Village of Fayette Cherry St. Improvement
-Purchase orders and travel requests
-Resolution 549 Approve legal and Authorize Ad for Sanitary Sewers for Nova Tube and Steel Project

Clayton O’Brien, the EMS Coordinator gave a departmental update. One of his highlights was to inform the commissioners of the great success of using Vending Machines for disposable supplies.

It has brought expenses down to around $52,500 from around $82,000 in 2019. He added that the set up cost is $15,679 and with appreciation they have paid for themselves. There is much less waste as well.

O’Brien also reported on some good changes with oxygen tanks. As they have changed to Tri State they are now using smaller tanks and the larger ones are being removed. The smaller ones are rotated so they do not have to refill them anymore. There is one large one at each station to refill the trucks.

“Looking ahead,” O’Brien said, “the eval of the current fleet is ongoing, but is at the forefront. He is speaking with vendors and checking into prices.

There is a 300 day lead time on trucks due to chips, so they are just using what they have.” He wants to get better on the ongoing maintenance schedule of the fleet. With new software going in at dispatch it should be better.

One concern is that MARCs registered one radio, but used a number of id’s. That is changing as Lucas county is following suit to ID each radio.

They are talking about a 2025 deadline so he is working on replacing the radios. In order to continue with the progression he wants to start a Committee in 2022 to “assist in identifying areas of improvement.”

There are 36 radios in the system and it will be between twenty and forty for each department, with two mobiles in each truck and a maximum of two portables per truck, is his hope.

With no further business, the Thursday meeting adjourned. During the Tuesday, August 3, 2021 meeting, the minutes for the July 29 meeting and the agenda as presented were approved.

The Commissioners reviewed the month end financial reports and July 2021 Sales Tax Reports.

Also approved that day were:
-Increase and transfer of appropriations for various departments
-Resolution 555 Execute Letter rejecting price increase to Aramark (There was short discussion as to what could happen with this. Commissioner Jeff Rupp mentioned that Aramark can cancel the contract if they choose and Commissioner Jon Rupp said that is not a problem. Aramark provides rugs for the county and if they are cancelled they will find a different company.)
-Resolution 556 Approve Delegation of Authority to Submit discharge monitoring reports for Ohio EPA Surface Water Permits
-Resolution 557 Approve pay request #1 to Contract 2021-36 with Miller Bros. Construction for Bridge 10S.3 replacement
-Purchase orders and travel requests

County Maintenance Supervisor Dave Lantz gave a short departmental update, having some discussion with the Commissioners on a few specific maintenance projects.

He also submitted that he would like to hire one new person for the maintenance crew, saying it is much needed as they are short staffed right now.

ome other specifics mentioned were: they are working on the Life Flight area; a boxing area is being rented out in the back of the Senior Center; and a Senior Center AC unit needs to be replaced. The Commissioners thanked him for the report.

Rebecca can be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com


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