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            Mr. Whiston introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:




            WHEREAS, per O.R.C. Section 121.22, concerning open public meetings, it is required that this Board adopt rules relative to scheduling regular and special Board Meetings and providing notice of these meetings: NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MORROW COUNTY, OHIO:


            THAT, this Board hereby establishes the following rules as to the meetings of the Morrow County Board of Commissioners and providing sufficient notice of these meetings to the media and other interested parties as follows:

1. The annual organizational meeting of the Board shall be held in accordance with O.R.C.    

     305.05 on the second Monday of January of each year, at 9:00 a.m.

2. This Board will hold regularly scheduled sessions at the Morrow County Commissioners

     Office, 80 North Walnut Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio, on Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m., and      

     Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m., with the exception of a holiday occurring on a Monday or


3. Fifty such regular sessions will be held each year in accordance with O.R.C. Section 305.06

4. Special and emergency sessions will be held at the call of the Board.

5. The Clerk of the Board shall give notice to the media of the date, time, location and purpose

     of a special session no later than twenty-four hours before the meeting is to start, or, if not

     possible, as soon as the special session has been called.

6. Any person may request the time and place of all regularly scheduled meetings by

     submitting a request to the Clerk of the Board.

7. Any person, upon written request, and as provided herein, may obtain reasonable advance

     notification of all meetings at which any specific item appears on the agenda. Each such

     person shall file, with the Clerk, a written request specifying the person’s name, address,

     telephone number and/or email address, along with the specific type of public business that

     is of interest, and the amount of time this request covers (not to exceed three months).

8. Any information or necessary action that an elected official or Commissioners’ department

     head wishes to be reviewed or considered by the Board shall be submitted to the Clerk of the

     Board by 3:00 p.m. on the preceding work day before the next meeting.

9. Public comment is welcomed by the Board. A fifteen-minute session will be allotted to

     those who wish to speak to the Board, providing that information on the topic to be discussed

     is presented to the Clerk of the Board by 3:00 p.m. the day preceding the meeting. If this is

     not provided, public comment will be limited to three minutes per person,


            THAT, this Board of Morrow County Commissioners hereby finds and determines that all formal actions relative to the adoption of this resolution were taken in an open meeting of this Board; and that all deliberations of this Board and of its committees, if any, which resulted in formal action, were taken in meetings open to the public in full compliance with applicable legal requirements, including Section 121.22 of the Revised Code.


            Mr. Castle duly seconded this motion.

Roll Call Vote: ..,Mr. Castle…, “yea” ..,Mr. Davis…, “yea” .., Mr. Whiston.., “yea”

Public Notice Posting: Morrow County Sentinel
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                                   Bulletin Board 80 N. Walnut St., Mt. Gilead


The 2017 Budget Commission will hold regular monthly meetings every second (2nd) and, as needed, fourth (4th) Monday of each month at 1 pm in the Auditor's Office, Room 7, Morrow County Court House. February and August, the meeting shall be on the first Monday in place of the second Monday at 1 pm in the County Commissioners’ Hearing Room. All other Special Meetings called by the Chairman will be posted on the website.






Morrow County is committed to the health of its employees and residents. The health hazards related to all tobacco products, including but not limited to smoking and/or smokeless tobacco, are well documented. The health hazards related to smoking impact both the smoker and non-smoker exposed to secondhand smoke. The purpose of the Morrow County Smoke Fee, Tobacco Free Workplace Policy is to comply with the Ohio Smoking Ban (ORC 3794), to provide clean air to employees and visitors on all county owned property and in all county owned vehicles, and to provide a work environment that supports employee health.

The Smoke Free, Tobacco Free Policy is part of the County’s broader employee wellness program intended to provide employees with a healthy workplace, access to health insurance, preventive health services, and health information.


1.1 Smoking or lighting of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other substances is prohibited on County property. Use of smokeless tobacco products, including chew and snuff, is prohibited on County property. Property is defined as all building, grounds, parking lots, and motor vehicles owned by Morrow County, Ohio.

1.2 This policy shall apply to all county employees, subcontractors, and visitors while on County property at the following campuses during business and non-business hours:

1.21 THE COURTHOUSE, ENGINEER’S OFFICE, PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE & WALNUT PLACE CAMPUSES, shall be smoke free in the buildings, at entrances, and in the parking lots. The designated smoking areas for the campuses are on the public sidewalks.

1.3 As necessary, this policy shall be modified to comply with regulating state and federal laws.

1.4 This policy shall take effect on July 15, 2013, with a transition period to run from July 15, 2013 through September 1, 2013. During the transition, reminders will be issued to those violating the policy. Enforcement of the policy shall begin September 1, 2013.

1.5 Violations of this policy by employees will be treated according to the county’s progressive discipline schedule.

1.5.1 The first time an employee is found in violation of this policy, he/she will receive a verbal warning, including a review of the policy.

1.5.2 The second time an employee is found in violation of this policy, he/she will receive a verbal written warning.

1.5.3 A third violation will result in a written warning.

1.5.4 A fourth violation may result in suspension without pay to underscore the seriousness of the situation.

1.5.5 Subsequent violations may result in termination.

1.6 Subcontractors or visitors violating the policy will be informed of the County’s policy and politely asked to comply. Subcontractors or visitors refusing to comply with the policy will be asked to leave County property, and will be invited to return to conduct business once they have finished and are able to comply with the policy.

1.7 Any person who observes a violation of this policy by an employee may report violations to the supervisor of the employee in question. Once the employee’s supervisor has been notified of a violation, or if the supervisor observes the violation directly, the supervisor is responsible to discuss the violation with the employee and taking appropriate disciplinary action. If the problem persists, an employee observing the violations may contact Patricia Davies, Director of Operations at 419-947-7535.

1.8 The County provides a range of resources to assist County employees who want to quit smoking and/or quit other tobacco products, including:

1.8.1 Tobacco cessation support through the Ohio tobacco Quit Line at or 1-800-784-8669;

1.8.2 Coverage of pharmaceuticals to assist with tobacco cessation (for employees covered by the county insurance) plan through Caremark at 1-800-896-2183;

1.8.3 A counseling visit with the employee’s primary care physician (employees covered by the county insurance plan); and

1.8.4 Referrals to area smoking cessation programs and services through the County Wellness Program by calling Kelly Hand, Morrow County Health Department, 419-947-1545, ext 314