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Commissioners potpourri

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

Pay schedule change delays, the White Estates Sewer project, conflict of interest statements and the need for township advisory board candidates added to an already meaty first meeting of the year for Henry County Commissioners Wednesday.

Here is a recap of those issues.

PAYCHECK CHANGE ON HOLD

County employees looking forward to a change in pay schedules will have to wait a bit longer.

While Henry County Commissioners approved a suggested change by new Auditor Debbie Walker last month, Walker announced Wednesday night more time will be needed to facilitate the new schedule.

The change will ultimately mean county employees again will be paid every other week instead of on the 15th and 30th of each month.

WHITE ESTATES

Commissioners approved Umbaugh bonding of the court-mandated White Estates sewer project, which officials say is expected to begin no later than February.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENTS

As far as conflict of interest statements, an annual exercise for elected officials, Commissioners Kim Cronk and Ed Yanos took the microphone.

Cronk said while there are no wind turbine leases signed on his property, he informed the others and the audience that his brother was one of the first to sign a petition against wind turbines in Harrison Township. Cronk also said his father might sign a wind turbine lease one in the future.

"He told me if his neighbors do it, he may have to as well," Cronk said.

Yanos said his potential conflict might come in the form of vendors who are frequent bidders for county business. He said his farming operation frequently uses some of those same vendors. But Yanos assured his fellow commissioners and the audience that there would be no "quid pro quo."

WANTED: TOWNSHIP ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Commissioner Kim Cronk announced there were three openings on the Greensboro Township Advisory Board, two openings for Liberty Township, along with one each in Stoney Creek and Wayne Townships.

Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to contact the Henry County Commissioners' office at 529-4705.

Editor's note: The original version of this story incorrectly stated Commissioner Kim Cronk's brother had signed a wind turbine lease agreement.

Clarification on park board debate

Applications for two positions on the Henry County Memorial Park Board will be accepted until noon Tuesday, Jan. 22, with a decision on the appointments possibly coming at the 6 p.m. Commissioners meeting that same night.

There may have been some confusion in a portion of an article published in Friday's Courier-Times. What was voted down 2-1 was an amendment to Commissioner Kim Cronk's motion made by Commissioner Ed Yanos that would have allowed Park Board President Landon Dean and Vice President Lis McDonnell to continue in their positions until appointments are made. Cronk's motion to take applications until noon Jan. 22 for a possible Jan. 23 decision passed in a 2-1 vote.

The Courier-Times apologizes for any confusion.