Highland County Commissioners hear from Wilkin on collaboration


Board holds executive session for economic development

By David Wright - dwright@timesgazette.com



Highland County Board of Commissioners President Shane Wilkin reviews notes during a Wednesday commissioners meeting. Also shown is the Hillsboro Rotary Club duck, which ended up in Wilkin’s possession this week as part of a light-hearted Rotary ritual.


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Highland County Board of Commissioners President Shane Wilkin on Wednesday told commissioners he recently attended an economic development collaboration at Shawnee State University.

Wilkin said the group heard from U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, about his work and “frustrations” in Washington, D.C., and from other officials on a number of economic development matters.

Wilkin said he served on a “County Best Practices” panel at the event with Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis and Lawrence County Commissioner Bill Pratt, and fielded questions on several topics, including the opiate epidemic.

Later Wednesday, the commissioners held an executive session to discuss economic development. Wilkin said the discussion would center around a “possible project,” but offered no further details.

In other business, the commissioners tabled discussion regarding Highland County Dog Warden staff members and their relationship with the Fraternal Order of Police, the union that represents the sheriff’s office.

Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera told The Times-Gazette after the meeting that some dog warden staff members recently requested certain FOP benefits.

Wilkin said the board will discuss the matter with an FOP representative next week when union negotiations begin.

The commissioners also approved a resolution requesting an additional appropriation from unappropriated funds to County, Commissioners, Motor Vehicles in the amount of $30,755.

The funds were appropriated to pay for a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado truck for the Highland County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The district wrote the commissioners a check for the same amount.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570, or on Twitter @DavidWrighter.

Highland County Board of Commissioners President Shane Wilkin reviews notes during a Wednesday commissioners meeting. Also shown is the Hillsboro Rotary Club duck, which ended up in Wilkin’s possession this week as part of a light-hearted Rotary ritual.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/10/web1_fwilkinduck.jpgHighland County Board of Commissioners President Shane Wilkin reviews notes during a Wednesday commissioners meeting. Also shown is the Hillsboro Rotary Club duck, which ended up in Wilkin’s possession this week as part of a light-hearted Rotary ritual. David Wright | The Times-Gazette
Board holds executive session for economic development

By David Wright

dwright@timesgazette.com