Richland County Courthouse

Richland County Courthouse

MANSFIELD -- Richland County commissioners on Tuesday morning approved spending $9,000 over the next six weeks for specialized cleaning and disinfecting of county buildings.

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, commissioners approved the work for Ashland Cleaning using the firm's "Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayer with Disinfectant Cleaner."

The company at 1965 S. Blaney Road in Ashland will clean the county administration building, 50 Park Ave. East, Job & Family Services, 171 Park Ave. East, 183 Park Ave. East and 1495 W. Longview Ave., Child Support Enforcement Agency, 161 Park Ave. East., and the People's building, 597 Park Ave. East.

"If ever there was a time for contingency (spending), this is it," Commissioner Tony Vero said.

In other action on Tuesday, commissioners:

-- authorized the county's Child Support Enforcement Agency to advertise for three open caseworker positions, each of which pays $14 per hour.

-- authorized paying $50,243 to pay for two part-time court security officers to work at the Richland County Juvenile Court, starting in mid April.

-- voted to spend up to $2,700 on a contract for a new county bee apiarist, as required by Ohio law. The apiarist from Hardin County will inspect the county's 740 bee colonies, maintained by 140 beekeepers in 163 locations.

-- discussed the potential impact of COVID-19 on the local economy, including the sales tax that drives the vast majority of the county's general fund revenue. Commissioner Marilyn John said county Auditor Pat Dropsey gets weekly reports on the sales tax revenues. "I'll talk to Pat and see if that's something they can track and submit to us," John said.

-- responded to media questions about the delay in the state's primary election.

"As county commissioners and elected officials, we are doing our best to make decisions at the local level based on the decisions that are being made at the state and federal level," said John, who is in a contested primary election for the Ohio House.

Vero, who is in a contested re-election primary, said, "I've had people reach out to me saying, 'so are we voting in June or what?' I said legally, I am not sure how this is going to shake out because I am not sure that the governor has the legal authority to set the election day."

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