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Clark commission to move night meetings

Switch to monthly night sessions prompts move to Springview building.

The Board of Clark County Commissioners plan to move upcoming night meetings to the Springview Government Center, 3130 E. Main St., because of safety concerns at the Clark County Offices.

County commissioners discussed the change Tuesday and will vote next week to move the night meetings to Springview. Commissioners David Hartley and John Detrick indicated support for the change.

With meetings being held in the commission office on the fifth floor of the Clark County Offices, 50 E. Columbia St., patrons would have access to the second, third and fourth floors with no security present, according to county administrator Nathan Kennedy.

The public meetings must be open for the entire session, resulting in increased overtime for bailiffs on the first floor.

“There are all kinds of issues,” Kennedy said.

Last month, commissioners agreed to move weekly meetings to Wednesday and hold one night meeting per month on a temporary basis, beginning Oct. 1.

The board currently meets on Tuesday mornings. Commissioners will hold their final Tuesday meeting on Sept. 24.

The remaining meetings will be held Wednesday mornings at the commission office with the informal session beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the formal session starting at 10 a.m.

The night meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at Room 151 at the Springview Center at 6 p.m., including Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4 and Jan. 8.

The commission will likely decide how to proceed with its meeting schedule in December. The new meeting schedule will be released in mid-January when the reorganization meeting is held.

For more information on meeting times, schedule, agendas and minutes, log on to

In other business:

• The Community Improvement Corporation de-obligated the county from its $400,000 loan guarantee for the 200-acre Prime Ohio II development on Tuesday morning.

Horton Hobbs, the vice president of economic development for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Community Improvement Corp., said formal action was needed due to grant requirements and thanked the commission for their support.

The CIC will open bids for the infrastructure construction at the industrial park on Thursday. Construction is expected to begin on Sept. 20, although a formal groundbreaking will be held in mid-October.

Hobbs told commissioners on Tuesday morning the engineer’s estimate is approximately $3.9 million. He said 19 companies have purchased plans for the project.

“There’s very good interest in the project, both regionally and locally,” Hobbs said. “We’re optimistic we’ll get a good set of bids.”

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