Commissioners approve campus safety officer

By Martin Graham -

The Fayette County Commissioners approved a contract recently that will continue safety officer services from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to Miami Trace Local Schools.

It was moved by commissioner Dan Dean and seconded by commissioner Jack DeWeese to enter into a contract with the FCSO and Miami Trace to provide a “campus safety officer” for the school district. The county agreed to provide one duly authorized deputy and cruiser to be present on the district campus with the primary duty to assist in maintaining a safe and secure learning environment. Additionally, the deputy will help to reduce crime in the district.

Commissioner Tony Anderson was absent from this meeting.

“The campus safety officer in the past has rotated based on who was available for the day, but we always had the campus covered,” Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Andy Bivens said recently. “We changed that and deputy Adam Greenlee will now act as the safety officer for the district. It is important to find someone who will be at the campus daily. Someone who will become familiar with the school setting day-in and day-out.”

The officer will report to the sheriff with the contract term of one year. Compensation for these services will be based upon a rate of $22 per hour and the officer will not exceed 37-and-a-half hours a week. The commissioners unanimously decided to approve of the contract.

Two contracts were also approved for two county projects. The first entered into a contract with Cox Paving, LLC for the 2016 OPWC Fayette County Road Resurfacing Project in the amount of $1,435,177.95. This includes the FCEO parking lot, landfill drive, Commissioner on Aging Parking Lot and the archive parking lot. The second contract was with the Dura Mark Inc. for the 2016 Fayette County Pavement Marking Project, in the amount of $34,444.44 with a completion date of Sept. 23. Both contracts were approved.

A maintenance agreement, per the recommendation of Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, was approved with P&R Communication Services Inc. The agreement was for critical radio infrastructure coverage for Fayette County.

Finally, a public hearing will be held on Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Office for public comment on Community Action Commission’s application to the Ohio Department of Transportation for an operating and capital assistance grant for the country’s transportation program.

By Martin Graham

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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