County Engineer Todd Roth said his office plans to chip-seal repair about 45 miles of county roadways this year.

To accommodate that work, county commissioners on Thursday approved a $7,000 expenditure to cover rental of a roller for the work, one of three fund transfers they approved this past week.

Commissioners also approved transferring $4,507.50 from unappropriated to cover the cost of striping lines on the newly completed Williams County Airport Authority taxiway, and $25,000 to cover the cost of lab-autopsy fees done outside the county for the Williams County coroner.

The striping is for the second and final phase of an approximately $5.7 million project that created a 35-foot-wide paved asphalt taxiway running parallel to the airport’s nearly 5,000-foot-long runway. The total cost, minus about $135,000, was covered by grant funding and brings the airport into full Federal Aviation Administration compliance.

In other action this past week, commissioners:

• Held a 21-minute closed, executive session under Ohio Revised Code 121.22 (G)( 4), to conduct or review negotiations, with Brandi Frisbie of 911/Emergency Management Agency, and Pat Hire of Clemons, Nelson & Associates, the county’s personnel consultant. Approved was a union contract agreement between the Williams County Communications Agency and Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, effective Dec. 31, 2021, through Dec. 31, 2023;

• Held a 25-minute closed, executive session under ORC 121.22(G)(l) to consider compensation, with commissioners and Fred Lord, director of Williams County Job & Family Services. No action was taken upon return to open session;

• Agreed to delay the county ditch petition No. 736 request by Planson Family Partners to 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 20.

• Approved a subsidy grant agreement for the Targeted Ohio Community Department of Alternatives Rehabilitation to Prison, with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Division of Parole and Community Services, Bureau of Community Sanctions. The grant award is up to $184,047, through June 24, 2024.

• Approved purchase of a 2021 Ford Explorer from Bryan Ford in an amount not to exceed $33,247, requested by the Williams County Common Pleas Court.

• Approved a list submitted by Apryl McClain, Emergency Management Agency coordinator, for members of the Williams County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

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