Business retention and expansion surveys with county businesses have begun, Highland County Board of Commissioners President Shane Wilkin said at Wednesday’s board meeting.
Commission deputy clerk Nicole Oberrecht said she and Wilkin met with Hillsboro manufacturers this week and within the month plan to meet with those in the surrounding areas. She said the purpose was to see “how companies are getting along” and then to connect them with available resources in regard to addressing challenges those businesses might be facing.
On a matter related to business, Oberrechet also reported that Highland County Economic Development Commission will host a “manufacturer’s round table” at Buckeye Hills near New Vienna on June 2. She said the idea is to provide an opportunity for local manufacturers to network and “get to know each other.”
Commissioner Jeff Duncan reported that he has met with a local vendor on flooring options for the meeting room at the Hi-Tech Center in Hillsboro. He said he has received an estimate, but there was no further discussion on the matter. As reported last week, two bids have been received by commissioners in regard to epoxy type flooring for the meeting room. Currently the flooring is stained, years-old carpet, and commissioners are looking for a more “durable” option, Duncan said.
Commissioners approved a motion to accept the resignation of Jennifer Waterman with Highland County Recycling. Traditionally, the position has been as a county employee, but commissioner Tom Horst suggested the board contract the position in the future rather than hire an employee. There was no other discussion on the matter on Wednesday.
The Highland County Board of Commissioners meets each Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Highland County Administration Building, 119 Gov. Foraker Pl., Hillsboro. The meetings are open to the public.
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