DARKE COUNTY – County commissioners this week approved a notice to proceed document, allowing Muhlenkamp Building Corp. to begin renovation work in the county’s 911 Center, based at the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the contract, work will commence Monday, Sept. 17, and be completed by Dec. 18.
In early August, commissioners approved a bid from Muhlenkamp, based in Coldwater, for $243,516, significantly lower than architect Mote & Associates original estimate of $482,000.
Work will include the addition of two work stations and renovations inside the current 911 Center.
Also this week, commissioners approved the hiring of a new chief animal control officer, Robert Bair, effective Sept. 24.
In June, commissioners approved the hiring of Britton Morris for the job. Since that time, said Kelly Hiatt, county human resources coordinator, Morris had accepted the opportunity to move on to his “dream job” and submitted his resignation.
In other business, commissioners:
* Approved a bid with Lawgix International for $1,191.98 for the purchase of 5,000 sandbags for the Darke County Emergency Management Agency.
* Approved the hiring of Athena O’Dell as a full time animal control officer, effective Sept. 17.
* Approved a bid with Creative Carpet and Supply in the amount of $8838.36 for the installation of plank flooring at the One Stop license bureau.
* Signed a proclamation declaring the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week. September 17 marks the 231st anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America.