Thursday, March 29, 2012

Commissioners Meeting - March 28, 2012

The Board of Darke County Commissioners met in regular session, 1:30 p.m., with members present: Commissioners Michael W. Rhoades, Michael E. Stegall and Diane L. Delaplane; Robin Blinn, Adm. Clerk/Secretary; Patty Harter, Asst. Clerk/Secretary; Jeff Marshall, CDGC; Asst. Pros. Atty. Margaret Hayes; and Doug Baker, DCSO; Alex Mikos-TIGER Radio; Elisabeth Wirrig-Daily Advocate; Darke Co.Citizens Tom & Danette Buemi; Karyl Parks; Larry Snider; Bob & Peggy Rhoades; Duane Edwards; and Robert Berger.
Mr. Stegall moved to approve the Regular Session minutes of Monday, March 26, 2012; seconded by Mrs. Delaplane and all voted YEA

IN THE MATTER OF EXAMINATION AND ALLOWANCE OF BILLS
Mrs. Delaplane moved to approve the following list of vouchers for payments; seconded by Mr. Stegall and all voted YEA – 181 entries, Co. - $18,939.07; Other-$285,159.89; Total: $304,098.96

IN THE MATTER OF CONTRACT/CHANGE REQUREST BETWEEN DARKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND DESIGN-BUILD SOLUTIONS, INC., FOR ADDITIONAL ROOF REPAIR COST OVER THE EDISON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUILDING
Mr. Stegall moved to approve a “Change Order”; seconded by Mrs. Delaplane and all voted YEA. The changes include: furnish and install tapered wedge board for discrepancy in thickness of existing to new system and furnity and install perimeter wood nailer. Total amount to provide this work is $3,979.

IN THE MATTER OF RESOLUTION (R-47-2012) FUND ADVANCE AND TRANSFER (Darke Co. Engineer)

Mrs. Delaplane moved and Mr. Stegall seconded a fund advance and transfer for $40,398.93 for the County Sign Upgrade Grant. The advance is until revenue is received from the grant

IN THE MATTER OF PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2012 AS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AWARENESS MONTH
The Commissioners unanimously signed the proclamation and commend this observance during April 2012 to the citizens of Darke County.

IN THE MATTER OF PAY INS
Pay In #061409, Received Commissioners, Co.-North Tower-April 2012, $793.50
Pay In #061434, Received Commissioners, Co-Jan-June 2012-Indirect Costs, $6117

IN THE MATTER OF PUBLIC ATTENDEES/COMMENTS
**Karyl Parks-DC Citizen: I have had quite a few concerns and I decided I would spare everybody of a lot of agenda that I had today. In doing so, I just want to say in general that I have been going over the past statements from the Commissioners, which it seems a lot conflicting amongst yourself. You would say one thing one week and say something else another week. There is a lot of discussion, I’m sure journal online, Darke Journal and you have seen the discussions, you can’t miss it. There’s becoming a breach of public faith from the Commissioners. We don’t feel that you have been honest with us and I can recognize that people can be human and can make mistakes. It doesn’t matter how big you are and you can make mistakes. However, I would like to see us learn from these mistakes instead of spending this effort and money covering it up, lets move on and correct them and do the right thing. I wanted to bring forward a statement, if I can find it, cause I had a lot of agenda, if I can find it. This struck me as very very important. This is from the “Declaration of Independence”, this is what we are all about and where we started. This sentence was brought up and it moved me. “When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” “With great power, comes great responsibility”. Although the words have changed, the meaning has not. If you have the power to do what’s right, then you have an absolute obligation to do what’s right. I just wanted to remind you of that. That’s all. **Commissioner Rhoades: Thank you. Alex; **Alex Mikos w/TIGER Radio: Recently, Melody Lucas put together a statement that she put on Darke Journal.com, and was wondering if any of the Commissioners had read that and had a response? **Commissioner Rhoades: I haven’t had a chance to read it, cause I was over at Indianapolis all day yesterday, so I haven’t had a chance to read it. **Commissioner Stegall: I read it on County News the day it was written. It didn’t mean a whole lot to me. I’m not sure, you know, I guess that is her opinion I guess, that is all I know. **Commissioner Delaplane: I did read it. We dealt with it and were moving on. **Commissioner Rhoades: Anything else? Mr. Rhoades; **Bob Rhoades: Thanks Mike. Last night someone verbally attacked me on one of the chat boxes opening up an old wound. As other people have told me it was the intent to embarrass me and my family, I assume cause I have been very vocal about this whole thing. But all the person did was lead some credence to everything that has been said in and about this office the last two (2) weeks. My wife plead guility to “theft in office”. The occurrences happened right here in this building under the not-so-watchful eye of her bosses, the previous Board of County Commissioners. The occurrences well documented and happened back in 1997. Subsequently, she was charged with one (1) felony count and was sentenced to 3 months of community sanctions, lost her Pension and paid back every cent that was owed to this county. With the support from her family and friends she has moved on from the incident, an incident which was wrong but in many people’s eyes understandable. Two wrongs doesn’t make it right though. The State Auditor’s Office was involved in that and following that the State Auditor’s Office audit charged the Board of County Commissioners to come up with a better checks and balances for the employees of the county that directly report to them. The occasion and surroundings of Ms. Mongs’ departure make it obvious that wasn’t done. The one question that remains is why one (1) person that reports directly to the Commissioners is prosecuted for one (1) offense and similar offenses go un-prosecuted even though there was alleged that there was five (5) felonies. I have always been taught that justice is equal under the law but the caveat is to that, to that is if everyone is doing their job then the system works. Kelly Ormsby, our Prosecutor now, prosecuted my wife in that case, under the watchful eye of now Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein. He said at that time he wanted to make an example. Apparently, we need no more examples. The three (3) of you as County Commissioners have been provoked as liars (?) of a lot of people in this county, from all over this county. At some point perhaps telling the truth, no matter who it hurts, might work. It did for my wife. Disclosure of the facts surrounding the dismissal of June Mong, and the subsequent hiring of an un-qualified person as her replacement, need to be forth coming as soon as possible. Thank you. **Commissioner Rhoades: Ok. Mrs. Rhoades do you have anything to say? **Mrs. (Peggy) Rhoades: I just want to make this perfectly clear because it did come up on Darke Journal last night and I want everyone to know that I did, at no time did I think that it was wrong to prosecute me, I deserved to be prosecuted. I want everyone to know that I did pay back the money and I did do my punishment and I get very upset when I talk about this. I am now paying for it the second time because it is being brought up; and **Commissioner Rhoades: Ok; **Mrs. (Peggy) Rhoades: I just wish you would do something about June Mong because she did do a felony, and maybe more than just one (1). **Commissioner Rhoades: Ok, thank you. Thank you all.

MR. STEGALL MOVED TO A ADJOURN; SECONDED BY MRS. DELAPLANE AND ALL VOTED YEA. THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AT 1:47 P.M.

IN THE MATTER OF FURTHER DISCUSSION BY THE BOARD
**Commissioner Rhoades attended Board of Revision meetings along with various BOR Board members.
**Commissioner Stegall and Delaplane met with Bruce Mikesell regarding the EMA Dept.
**Senator Portman’s Representative held an “Open Door” Session

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