Commissioners approve purchases

Discuss SRO positions

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Commissioners approved several purchases and met with sheriff’s deputies to discuss the placement of school resources officers in different county school districts on Tuesday.

The board approved several purchases for the West Central Juvenile Facility, including the replacement for two domestic hot water boilers, two heating boilers and the controls for the HVAC system at a cost of $260,162.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of a new dishwasher for the facility at a cost of $13,702.

The commissioners also met with sheriff’s deputies and discussed changes to SRO placements at Newton Schools, Milton-Union Schools and Upper Valley Career Center.

According to Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, Newton Schools have expressed interest in having a full-time school resource officer. The school district currently has a part-time SRO, who splits his time between Newton and Milton-Union Schools.

Milton-Union would then share a SRO with UVCC, which also has a part-time officer who splits his time between the schools and court security. Duchak also proposed hiring an additional deputy to perform those court security duties.

The school district pays the SRO’s wages and benefits for nine months of the year, deputies said.

Discuss SRO positions

By Cecilia Fox