The village of Fletcher covered bridge roof replacement project is the beneficiary of $3,244 from village residents who chose to donate the money owed on a loan approved through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) for demolition of a property.

William and Dolores Shively were recipients in 2010 of a $12,487 loan through the NSP grant administered locally by the Miami County Building and Zoning Department.

The Shivelys approached the county about donating the remaining money owed on the loan to the village project instead of paying the county, which would have to return the money to the state.

“This is a good project for reinvestment in the community,” Dan Suerdieck, county planning and zoning manager, told the county commissioners before their Nov. 8 vote to approve the agreement and a release of mortgage on the loan.

The commissioners also finalized the principal amount for $5,175,000 in general obligation bonds approved earlier for county projects. County Auditor Matt Gearhardt said the bonds were priced Nov. 10. The average interest rate for the 20-year bonds would be 2.79 percent, he said.

The bonds will pay for installing the new HVAC system for the Safety Building and Courthouse, making plumbing improvements to the Safety Building and building improvements to the Transfer Station including an unattended drop off and new scales.

The commissioners also accepted the resignation due to retirement of Mike Gray, maintenance technician for the county facilities and operations department. The resignation is effective Jan. 2.

“I wish him all the best in his retirement. He has been a good employee and he certainly will be missed,” Commissioner Jack Evans said.

Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien said Gray cared for many of the grounds at county buildings “in good weather, bad weather and fair weather.” He, too, thanked Gray for his service.

The commission also voted to:

- Authorize county Engineer Paul Huelskamp to contract and pay for added snow removal equipment, if needed, during the upcoming winter season. Huelskamp explained the commission is asked each year to approve the added equipment for use only if needed.

- Approved the purchase by the Board of Elections of a back up ballot on demand printer from MNJ Technologies. The cost was not to exceed $3,361.

- Signed the contract with Milcon Concrete Inc. of Troy for the Phoneton water line extension project. The contract is for $1,832,646.

- OK’d the purchase of three light transit vehicles from Whitworth Bus Sales in Miamisburg for the county transit system at a total cost of $191,820.