WILLIAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Update On Solar Field Project Given By County Engineer

A few resolutions were approved at the December 16, 2021, Thursday morning meeting of the Williams County Commissioners with Lew Hilkert and Brian Davis present, including:

-Supplemental Appropriations
-Resolution 388 Entering into a Fire Protection Contract between the City of Bryan and the Board of Commissioners of WC to provide fire protection and all fire department related services for Hillside Country Living, Opdycke Park, and WC Park Building for two years
-Resolution 389 Entering into IV-E Contract between JFS and National Youth Advocate Program for provision of child placement
-Resolution 390 Entering into IV-E Contract between JFS and Ohio Teaching Family Association for provision of child placement
-Resolution 391 Entering into IV-E Contract between JFS and Unk’s Place for provision of child placement
-Resolution 392 Entering into Contract between JFS and Adriel School, Inc. for supervised visitation and parent coaching
-Resolution 393 Approving updated List of Members for the WC Port Authority was tabled until later in the meeting so that they could “change the verbiage on it.”

There was some discussion concerning the wording around Mike Kidston’s name on the list. Before adjourning for the day, the Commissioners brought this Resolution back and approved it.

It was included in the resolution that Estel Wyrick and Mike Kidston’s terms have expired and that Dawn Fitzcharles and Tyson Stuckey have agreed to be appointed. These two were appointed and the rest of the list was re-confirmed.

The members are now: Dawn Fitzcharles Term ending December 31, 2024 (first term); Tyson Stuckey the same; Sean Rupp Term ending December 31, 2025 (second term); Richard Reed (appointed by Bryan Mayor) Term ending December 31, 2025 (fourth term); John Drinnon (appointed by Bryan Mayor) Term ending December 31, 2022 (third term); Bart Westfall Term ending December 31, 2022 (third term); and David C. Newcomer Term ending December 31, 2023 (third term).

Also signed items were Credit Card expenses for the Sheriff’s Office for January 2022 and Data Processing Board Request for a computer for the Coroner. The commissioners approved the payment of bills as submitted by the auditor and the minutes for the December 13, 2021 meeting.

Around 9:30, following a 20-minute recess, the commissioners returned to General Session with County Engineer Todd Roth present to give an update on the Solar Field Project.

Roth gave a large amount of information to the commissioners concerning information he has gathered on this project but basically, he presented them with an Application pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding.

It was much larger than a normal application for approval and after discussion it was agreed to have it sent to the county attorney in Columbus, Thad Boggs, to have him read it.

Roth said that he has had good communication with Dalton Carr with APEX Clean Energy, and that he is ready to work with them.

There was also some talk of hiring a third party to do the day to day inspections as was done for the Kunkle Project. Roth said it is a matter of having available time and it really helps to have a third party.

Before moving on to an Executive session, Commissioner Hilkert asked Roth if he knows anything about the proposed Solar Field in Stryker.

Roth said he had not heard anything on that and Hilkert said there had been “quite a bit of discussion of solar at Winter Conference and some of these projects, such as the one up by Holiday City, are grandfathered in from the House Bill that just passed in October” and he thought Stryker was on the list. It was determined they were not and the commissioners thanked Roth for his update.

The Commissioners then went into Executive Session to consider the employment of personnel. After 44 minutes they came out with action.

A motion was made and approved to “have Andrea Lavens who works IT for the county, be transferred from the Recorder’s Office to the IT Department and she will report to Mr. Suffel, effective January 3, 2022.”

Following the approval of the returned Resolution 393, the commissioners adjourned for the day.


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