Last updated: August 13. 2014 9:33PM - 213 Views
By Sydney L. Murray smurray@civitasmedia.com



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EATON — The Preble County Commissioners discussed four zoning cases during one of their two regular meetings Wednesday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 6.


No extra meetings took place Aug. 4, but the commissioners did approve travel for Carol Avery, who will attend a time management training in Piqua, Ohio, on Sept. 19, 2014, with costs not to exceed $58.


On Aug. 6, commissioners noted the receipt of the notice of the resignation of Etienne Jackson and Ariel Williams, both with Job and Family Services.


The commissioners also approved travel of Brandi Christensen who will be attending the Fred Pryor Advanced Excel Seminar in Cincinnati, with costs not to exceed $18.


Four zoning cases were also discussed and approved at the Aug. 6 meeting.


In Zoning Case 1368, Frank Ferguson and James Holweger submitted an application to have approximately 22.8 and 8.9 acres in Gratis Township reclassified to special use provision. The property lines will be adjusted to create new tracts of land of 23.1 and 8.7 acres. The 23.1 acres will continue to be farmed.


In Zoning Case 1369, Joseph Webster has submitted an application for 59.751 acres in Gratis Township to be reclassified from agriculture to special use provision. Rebecca Webster will be splitting her farm in half. Tract number one will continue to be cultivated and the other tract will be for a residence for Webster’s grandson.


In Zoning Case 1370, the Geeding Family Limited Partnership would like to reclassify 4.821 acres in Jackson Township from agriculture to special use provision for a new resident. This 4.8 acres will be for a residence for the farm General Manager Don Hays to be more accessible to Geeding.


In Zoning Case 1371, Todd Cottingim has submitted an application for 34.6 acres in Somers Township to be reclassified from agriculture to special use provision. The land will still be used for its current purpose, but 13.3 acres will be sold to Cottingim’s daughter and son-in-law.


Commissioners noted the receipt and approval of a union contract agreement with the Preble County Sherriff’s Department. They also noted the receipt of a letter from the Sheriff indicating he will be transferring six surplus tasers and 13 surplus plastic holsters to the villages of West Alexandria and Lewisburg.


Commissioners also discussed two grants. One for a Harrison Township project had been denied but one for Second Street in Camden was approved. Because the Harrison Township grant was denied, there is a $42,000 in allocation money that was submitted for the Harrison Township project that can be used for other projects. $28,000 will be used for the West Manchester Pump Station Emergency Generator Pump. The other $14,000 will be given to the Village of Camden.


Commissioners also decided at the Aug. 6 meeting to begin contract negotiations with Honeywell to help start making buildings in the county more energy sufficient.


Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Preble County Courthouse.


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