The Miami County commissioners Jan. 9 approved an agreement to collect additional information requested for a federal bridge load-rating project.

County Engineer Paul Huelskamp said the work would be an extension of an earlier load-rating project. The additional work looks at special hauling vehicles such as school buses and fire trucks, he said.

“We feel completely confident that all of the bridge that we have are fine for those vehicles, but they want us to go through the exercise again,” Huelskamp said.

The project in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will cost $11,300.

The county has nine bridges posted with reduced weight limits.

The commissioners last week also OK’d an agreement for the county Department of Development to handle inspections and enforce the Ohio Building Code for commercial building permits in Auglaize County.

Miami County staff will perform needed inspections, now done by state building inspectors, and the county will receive the permit and inspection fees. 

Richard Osgood, Miami County development director, said work is being done to ensure all approvals needed from jurisdictions within Auglaize County, such as the city of Wapakoneta, are in order.

The agreement, approved Jan. 12, will go into effect once certification is received from the Ohio Board of Building Standards, he said. Either county with 60 days notice can terminate the agreement.

The commissioners also approved the purchase, after the fact, of a desk for the county prosecutor’s office for $1,400 from Larrick’s Warehouse Outlet, Dayton.

The desk was purchased Nov. 18, the commissioners’ motion noted, and multiple quotes were not received. Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien said he was disappointed the commissioners’ procurement policy requiring quotes on purchases exceeding $1,000 was not followed in the purchase.

In other business, the commissioners:

-  Approved an agreement for the design and construction of the Piqua-Troy Road resurfacing project with ODOT.  Huelskamp said the project is scheduled for 2022. It will be paid for using 80 percent federal dollars ($723,000) and 20 percent local dollars ($180,000).

-  Approved a quote for $40,327 from Jeff Bonham Electric Inc. of Dayton to install an automatic transfer switch and generator docking station on an existing generator located at the Safety Building boiler room. The quote amount includes a $1,000 contingency.