The Miami County commissioners Sept. 24 approved a request to study curves on township and county roads for safe speed determinations and met with Sheriff Charles Cox and administrators to begin a line-by-line review of the department’s $9 million budget.
County Engineer Paul Huelskamp explained the speed study is done using a device to calculate the safe speed for the curve. "We will use this a lot for our advance warning signs that go below the curve signs so we can state the speed limit" on that curve, he said.
It has been a number of years since the calculations were done. Federal money targeting safety will be used. The federal money of $43,452 covers 90 percent of the $48,280 cost. The balance will be paid out of the county road fund.
In other business, the commission authorized the county engineer’s office to submit an application for Ohio Public Works Commission dollars for a project to reconstruct Kessler-Cowlesville Road west of the Rosewood Creek subdivision at Tipp City to Nashville Road.
Huelskamp said the work would include leveling pavement and placing an overlay of asphalt.
The commissioners also accepted the resignation, effective Dec. 18, of Philip Woods, county facilities maintenance technician III. Woods, who is retiring, was thanked for his service.
And, the hiring of William Collins as an investigator for the Department of Job and Family Services was approved. The position will help the department investigate benefits fraud, Teresa Brubaker, department director, told the commission in August.
The commission also spent nearly two hours meeting with sheriff’s department officials to review the department budget at this point in 2015 and as proposed for 2016.
Commissioner Richard Cultice told Cox, Chief Deputy Dave Duchak and administrative assistant Rena Gumerlock he wanted to conduct the review to see where the department is financially.
He said he thought the review was necessary because of a number of changes in the sheriff’s office the past four to five years with the closing and then partial reopening of the county Incarceration Facility and the lay offs of employees and then resumption of hiring to again fill positions.
Only a portion of the budget was reviewed during the meeting. Another time will be scheduled to continue the review.