Commissioners plan art for courthouse

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Commissioners met recently with Sidney artist Mila Hamilton to discuss ideas for mural that Hamilton will paint on an interior wall of the Shelby County courthouse.

Hamilton presented several sketches, but nothing has yet been approved.

In other business during meetings in January and February, the commissioners:

• Approved Clean All to provide full detail cleaning and strip and wax floors in the courthouse for a fee of $6,616.98

• Met with the Shelby County Park District Board. The board reported that it has applied for a grant that would partially fund the construction of a small building in Renner Park, which is along Patterson-Halpin Road. Having a building there would allow for park programs to take place.

• Approved payments of $36,421.42 and $7,167.08to Martin & Coating Co. for courthouse painting.

• Approved contract between with Montgomery County for Montgomery County to provide autopsies to Shelby County in 2016. Total contract amount is $48,000.

• Met with representatives of the Ohio History Connection regarding application for a 2016 Transportation Alternative Program grant for the Lockington Locks phase II reconstruction project.

• Authorized the seeking of bids for the annual roadside mowing program and quotes for asphalt and liquid bituminous materials, all of which are to be received no later than Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. and bids for the Fair Road/Water Street structure and paved channel project, which are to be received no later than March 3 at 11 a.m.

• Appointed Julie Ehemann to serve on the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition.

• Approved the annexation of 9.145 acres to the village of Botkins as petitioned by Thomas H. Hageman, trustee of the Marcy D. Hageman Trust.

• Approved the release of $1,874.56 to the village of Port Jefferson for $5 permissive auto license tax.

• Approved the purchase of four lights for the porticos at the courthouse at a cost of $3,895.52.

• Accepted quotes from Slagle Mechanical in the amount of $4,437 and Stanley Convergence Security Solutions in the amount of $19,595 to link the Shelby County Jail’s touch screen program to control water at the jail.

• Approved a one-year planned maintenance agreement with Buckeye Power Sales Co. Inc. for generators at Fair Haven and the EMA, sheriff’s and engineer’s offices at a fee of $3,530.

By Patricia Ann Speelman