Transfer Station fees to drop

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — Residents will see lower fees at the Miami County Transfer Station starting this spring. The Miami County Commissioners set a series of public hearings for March to discuss fee adjustments at their meeting last Tuesday.

These fee adjustment hearings will be set for March 10, 17, 24 at 1:45 p.m. in the commissioners hearing room. Following these hearings, the new fees will be established effective April 1.

The proposed adjustments would lower the disposal charges by $4 per ton, Nikki Francis, financial analyst for the Sanitary Engineering Department, explained. That rate does not include the Ohio EPA fee of $4.75 per ton.

According to Francis, the department reviewed their finances and determined that the fees could be lowered. Fees were also reduced last year.

In other business, the commissioners approved the purchase of three 2016 Jeep Patriots for the Department of Development at a cost of $67,160.

The commissioners also authorized a consulting services agreement with Gregory Runevitch for Community Housing and Impact and Preservation program (CHIP) Housing Inspection training services at a cost not to exceed $5,000.

The commissioners also signed an agreement with SanAir Technologies for lead testing during the CHIP program.

At their Feb. 11 meeting, the commissioners approved the purchase of seven vehicles, including six new police vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office.

The six new 2016 Ford Interceptor SUVs will be purchased under state contract at a cost of $25,713 each. Older vehicles will be traded in for a trade-in allowance of $20,100, bringing the total cost to $134,178.

The commissioner also approved the purchase of a 2006 Jeep SUV at a cost of $12,000 for the Operations and Facilities Department. An older GMC will be traded in for an allowance of $5,000, making the total cost of the purchase $7,000.

The donation of four laptops and two docking stations from the sheriff’s office to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

By Cecilia Fox

Reach Cecilia Fox at or call her at (937) 552-2205

Reach Cecilia Fox at or call her at (937) 552-2205