OD alert issued for Miami County

The Ohio Department of Health alerted Miami County Public Health of a “significant” increase in drug overdoses in the county for a 24-hour period beginning April 20 at 9 a.m. and ending April 21 at 9 a.m. During that time, 10-drug related hospital visits were report, exceeding the predicted number of three based on historical data, Public Health said.

The department advised those aware of someone with an opiate, heroin or other drug addiction to be aware and maintain access to Naloxone (Narcan) in event of an overdose. If someone is believed to be overdosing those with them were advised to call 9-1-1.

Nate Bednar at Public Health said the overdoses were of people from areas across the county and beyond.

The county in the first quarter of the year saw the percentage of deaths from overdoses almost triple when compared to a year ago, according to a year to date report from county Coroner Dr. William Ginn.

Miami County Public Health reported 97 drug overdoses in the county in March. In March a year ago, 64 were reported, according to department reports. This report is based on emergency department visits and zip codes of residence of those who overdosed but is not broken down by opioids and other drugs.

For more information on addiction treatment contact: Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services at 1-800-351-7347 or text 4HOPE to 741-741.

Council appoints parks board member

The Tipp City Council appointed Dawn Kramer to an unexpired term on the city Parks Advisory Board during its April 17 meeting.

She will fill the term of Doug Chitwood, who resigned in January. The term ends Dec. 31, 2019.

County ranks in fraud claims

Miami County Job and Family Services ranked fourth overall in Ohio in 2016 for identification of intentional violations of food stamp program rules.

Teresa Brubaker, county Job and Family Services director, told county commissioners April 19 the violations usually are caused by people who report false information on application or while they are receiving food assistance.

When a report of suspected fraud is received, investigators will check and if valid work with the individual on securing a violation. If the person agrees to take a penalty, they will not be able to receive assistance for 12 months. If a sizeable amount of money is involved, investigators work with prosecutors on a criminal case.

The rankings are based on the number of violations compared to the number of people in the county receiving food assistance, Brubaker said.

Trafalgar rezoning approved again

The Miami County commissioners voted April 20 to approve the 18th application to rezone 50 acres off Monroe-Concord Road in unincorporated Concord Township from agricultural to residential.

The Trafalgar rezoning has been approved by commissions repeatedly since 1995 and each time overturned in a referendum by voters. The application was refiled by Mark Geisinger, Trafalgar Corp.

Geisinger said he attended the commission public hearing to answer any questions. Bruce Campbell, who lives in the nearby Shenandoah subdivision, said would stop voting against the rezoning if a road connecting the subdivision to the Trafalgar property were removed from the plans. That road was removed from a previous proposal but added back in when the removal didn't change the outcome of the referendum, Geisinger said.

Opponents have 30 days to file any referendum.