Morrow County Commissioners

Morrow County Commissioners The Morrow County Commissioners are the general administrative body for county government. They are the taxing, budgeting, appropriating, and purchasing authority.

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Here's what the Hospital Board has already said is going to happen to your hospital.
07/10/2020

Here's what the Hospital Board has already said is going to happen to your hospital.

Remember when the Morrow County Hospital Board held illegal public meetings for more than year to keep the public from k...
07/06/2020

Remember when the Morrow County Hospital Board held illegal public meetings for more than year to keep the public from knowing about their plans to close the hospital? Here it is in their own words!

Wishing everyone and safe and happy Independence Day!
07/04/2020

Wishing everyone and safe and happy Independence Day!

Timeline Photos
06/27/2020

Timeline Photos

Dear Morrow County Residents,The Morrow County Commissioners want to extend our gratitude for all that everyone has done...
05/06/2020

Dear Morrow County Residents,

The Morrow County Commissioners want to extend our gratitude for all that everyone has done during the past several weeks since the declaration of the Worldwide Pandemic. Many people have been affected either directly or indirectly by the Covid-19 Virus. The shutdown of our economy was done so out of utmost concern and caution by the Federal and State Government. All of us have been educated and are still learning how best to cope with social interaction and medical safety guidelines. We believe that we can proceed to allow businesses to open in a safe manner and allow people to go back to work.

This is vital for our economy and our citizens to begin to return to a sense of normalcy, financial stability, and mental wellbeing. We continue to monitor the health status and reporting on the virus with the Health Commissioner and the Director of EMA. All of the offices in the county are conducting business and maintaining operations. Please contact each office for hours and appointment schedules.

Morrow County is growing, and we want to ensure that we do all we can to provide a safe and economical place for residents to live, work, and play. Thank you to all of our healthcare workers, our local, county, and state employees, commercial and retail employees, and all of our law enforcement and EMS staff.

We have many issues ahead with the financial strain and adaptation of daily routine to face as we proceed forward. We acknowledge the blessings we have in this great country and thank God for the Grace He has shed on this nation.

Sincerely,

Morrow County Commissioners

04/27/2020
Morrow County Minutes - Hot Shot's Secret CEO Chris Gabrelcik

Morrow County Commissioner Tom Whiston chats with CEO Chris Gabrelcik about how his business has changed because of COVID-19. From diesel additives to hand sanitizer almost overnight!

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Today, we have confirmation of something we’ve known for some time: coronavirus is here in Morrow County. With this firs...
04/01/2020
Morrow County reports first confirmed case of coronavirus

Today, we have confirmation of something we’ve known for some time: coronavirus is here in Morrow County. With this first confirmed case, it’s important that we all continue to follow the rules on social distancing, limit trips to what’s necessary, and wash our hands. Remember, we’re all in this together!

The Morrow County Health District reported the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 on Wednesday. MCHD reports that the case is in a Morrow County resident. Health officials say the person is an adult female who is recovering at home, and no other information about her will be released. "We have sus...

The Morrow County Commissioners would like to thank everyone for all of the efforts being made to stop the spread of the...
03/30/2020

The Morrow County Commissioners would like to thank everyone for all of the efforts being made to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. The work and sacrifice by everyone are making a difference and we have made it through the first week of stay at home. Please continue to do all you can to help others by checking on neighbors, patronizing local restaurants, volunteering for relief efforts and being kind to one another. We thank all of the first responders, elected officials, government employees, service personnel, and everyone else working together for the safety of everyone. We’re here every day to assist in any way that we can. Please contact us with questions as we work to get everyone back to work and keep everyone healthy. #InThisTogetherOhio

The $2 Trillion economic relief package was just signed into law and more details and guidance will be available soon.  ...
03/28/2020
Morrow County SBA Disaster Loan Application Packet.pdf

The $2 Trillion economic relief package was just signed into law and more details and guidance will be available soon. We know that impacted small businesses are eligible for loans and possibly grants to cover payroll as well. We encourage interested businesses to start the application process now by downloading the attached packet. The average approval time currently is about three weeks. Applying for the loan does NOT obligate applicants to accept offered loans. The SBA has indicated that the number one cause of rejected loan applications is due to incomplete submissions. This packet includes ALL of the currently required SBA and IRS forms required to apply for this loan program. Please completely fill out these forms and scan them for uploading prior to starting your online application. Please call the Morrow County Development office at (419) 947-7535 for questions or assistance in applying for a SBA Disaster Loan.

Just a reminder that while many businesses are closed the Morrow County parks are open! While the playgrounds are closed...
03/27/2020

Just a reminder that while many businesses are closed the Morrow County parks are open! While the playgrounds are closed, everyone is encouraged to get outside and get some fresh air (while maintaining appropriate social distancing, of course). Commissioner Whiston recently visited the Gleason Family Nature Reserve in Fredericktown.

Do you have extra masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, or anything else that would be useful to doctors and healthcare workers...
03/25/2020

Do you have extra masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, or anything else that would be useful to doctors and healthcare workers in Morrow County? If you do, please donate them to the Morrow County health department! To donate, please call the health department at (419) 947-1545 to arrange pickup. (Don't drop anything off as the health department building is now closed to the public)

Here's Commissioner Davis getting carry out on Wednesday from Edison Depot . Support our local businesses whenever you c...
03/19/2020

Here's Commissioner Davis getting carry out on Wednesday from Edison Depot . Support our local businesses whenever you can!

03/18/2020

Are you a Morrow County small business affected by COVID-19? The commissioners encourage you to call our economic development office at (419) 947-7535 to get information about when SBA loans from the federal government will be available to you.

03/18/2020

Lastly, here's Commissioner Davis getting carry out at Edison Depot. Support local businesses whenever you can!

Here’s how Commisioner Castle is supporting small business in Morrow County today at La Cabanita. We continue to coordin...
03/18/2020

Here’s how Commisioner Castle is supporting small business in Morrow County today at La Cabanita. We continue to coordinate with the state to ensure your safety and maintain our economy.

As we all adjust to a new normal, it’s important to support our locally owned businesses! Here’s Commissioner Whiston ge...
03/18/2020

As we all adjust to a new normal, it’s important to support our locally owned businesses! Here’s Commissioner Whiston getting carry out today from
Cheng's Gourmet Ohio for lunch.

03/16/2020
Morrow County Commissioners declare State of Emergency - Morrow County Sentinel

We know that these significant disruptions in all of our lives is going to affect everyone. We'll work with both state and federal officials to do whatever we can to help.

MOUNT GILEAD — At its meeting Monday, March 16, Morrow County Commissioners voted unanimously to enter a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 (coro

It's shocking and unacceptable for OhioHealth to threaten to shut down our taxpayer-funded hospital. Morrow County famil...
03/12/2020
Commissioners condemn threat from OhioHealth to close Morrow County Hospital

It's shocking and unacceptable for OhioHealth to threaten to shut down our taxpayer-funded hospital. Morrow County families deserve better.

Morrow County Commissioners sent a letter to the OhioHealth Corporation saying they are disappointed that it has threatened to close the Morrow County Hospital if Morrow County won a pending lawsuit. Commissioners sued the board of the hospital in January and accused it of cutting services, holding....

A few years ago, a giant healthcare corporation quietly paid a $1.3 million settlement to the taxpayer funded hospital. ...
03/09/2020
Morrow County officials question OhioHealth's operation of local hospital

A few years ago, a giant healthcare corporation quietly paid a $1.3 million settlement to the taxpayer funded hospital. We don't know what it was for and the hospital won't provide public records about it. It's one of the many questions we're trying to answer for the public.

Morrow County continues to pressure its sole, county-owned hospital in Mount Gilead to maintain a full-scale operation and ER. The hospital’s

03/08/2020

The Morrow County Commissioners laid out 35 Issues and Objectives for 2019. Here’s a recap of those issues and what’s been done.

1. The Morrow County Hospital was the biggest issue facing the Commissioners and we remain committed to maintaining and expanding quality healthcare in the county.

2. The issues with the Health Department were resolved and an agreement reached on rent payments and facilities location.

3. The North Courtroom renovations were implemented and will continue in 2020 with added security features.

4. The Iberia Sewer project was taken over by Poggemeyer Design Group and progress is being made.

5. The County Engineer continued to improve the county roads with additional paving and chip and seal that will expand in 2020 with new additional state funding.

6. Voters approved renewal of the OSU Extension levy and an EMS levy. You also approved an additional EMS levy to improve and expand services to the county residents.

7. Commissioners continued to repair and improve the Chesterville sewer plant and make plans for future expansion.

8. Commissioners made improvements and performed studies at the SOMOCO sewer plant with rate analysis and growth implementation and EPA approved discharge plans.

9. The complete roof at the Community Service Building was replaced with a metal roof that should not need replaced for at least 30 years.

10. The Commissioners and Clerk of Courts approved and upgraded the outdated phone system to improve efficiency and services.

11. The County servers and routers that serve the entire county were all upgraded with the assistance of the County IT department.

12. The painting and improvements to the Morrow County Prosecutor’s building were put in place and will continue throughout 2020.

13. The Sheriff and Commissioners were able to negotiate a significant increase to the ICE inmate contract with the Federal Government.

14. The Commissioners worked with the JFS agency to contain and pay for the significant Child Placement Costs incurred by the County.

15. The Commissioners were able to work with CCAO to get state approval to increase the Indigent Defense funding from 42% to 90% for 2020 saving the County hundreds of thousands of dollars.

16. The Commissioners put in place the Jeremiah Morrow Award to recognize individuals that are exemplary examples of public service to the county.

17. The Commissioners provided funding to the Sheriffs office for additional new cruisers to keep the fleet in up to date status.

18. The Commissioners negotiated and reviewed all current County rental facilities to ensure that tax dollars are maximized.

19. The Commissioners and the department heads are working on a long-range plan for 911 and dispatch consolidation.

20. Walnut Place security and safety measures were reviewed and updated.

21. Discussion was had regarding the Law Library and the best use and location for the future.

22. The Economic Development office hired a grant specialist to obtain additional state and federal funding.

23. The Commissioners continued to work with the owner of H.P.M. to redevelop the area.

24. The Montrose Group submitted a Planning Study for the County that is under review.

25. The Commissioners joined both CORPO and MORPC to further the County’s future development and planning.

26. The Commissioners continued their work on providing a State of the County report.

27. The Dollar Tree Project was completed and has already reached full operation with several hundred jobs created.

28. The Commissioners remain involved in NACO and CCAO to better serve the County and provide leadership on a state and National basis.

29. The Bennington TIF was implemented and is fully functional.

30. The Floral Hall restoration was facilitated by Lindsey Grimm and a grant for paint.

31. The Dog pound was able to obtain air conditioning with the help of Sarina Atwell and several volunteers.

32. An Eagle Scout project was provided at the Dog pound and will be dedicated in 2020.

33. The Capital improvements to the Courthouse and other facilities was reviewed with many items being accomplished.

34. Several outstanding loans were completed and improvements made through the Land Bank around the county.

35. The Commissioners worked with the Sheriff and Engineer to secure new contracts for both offices.

This list represents some but certainly not all of the areas that the Commissioners have worked on over the last year.
The Commissioners will continue to strive to run the County as an efficient and well-run business. We appreciate all of the public input and thank all of the citizens that provide service on Boards and Commissions. Morrow County is growing and we will work hard to provide the Leadership necessary in the coming years.

Sincerely,

MCC

Recently, hospital board members have been plotting behind closed doors and cutting jobs. You own the hospital and have ...
03/06/2020

Recently, hospital board members have been plotting behind closed doors and cutting jobs. You own the hospital and have invested more than $30 million in taxpayer funds over the last 20 years. The future of the hospital and the life-saving emergency room should be made by Morrow County families not by some giant healthcare corporation.

03/04/2020
Commissioners ask Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss lawsuit brought by former hospital board member - Morrow County Sentinel

Yesterday, the Commissioners asked the Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former hospital board member. Because his term on the board expired on March 1, 2020, there's absolutely no reason for the hospital board to continue this pointless lawsuit at taxpayer expense.

MOUNT GILEAD — The Morrow County Commissioners have filed a Motion asking the Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit brought by former Morrow Coun

County leaders know that Morrow County families work hard. Over the last 20 years, families have invested more than $30 ...
03/02/2020

County leaders know that Morrow County families work hard. Over the last 20 years, families have invested more than $30 million in our taxpayer-owned hospital. Taxpayers need to have a voice in the hospital’s future and your county leaders are fighting to make sure hospital board members are open and accountable to you!

Over the last year, hospital board members at your taxpayer-owned hospital have been plotting behind closed doors instea...
02/27/2020

Over the last year, hospital board members at your taxpayer-owned hospital have been plotting behind closed doors instead of holding open and public meetings like the law demands. County leaders think taxpayers deserve transparency and demand that Morrow County families know how their money is being spent!

02/24/2020
Commissioners file public records complaint against hospital board - Morrow County Sentinel

Check out this article from the Sentinel about a lawsuit the Commissioners filed on behalf of taxpayers. Morrow County families deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent but the Morrow County hospital board members insist on plotting behind closed doors instead. We filed this lawsuit to ensure both transparency and accountability!

MOUNT GILEAD — The Morrow County Commissioners filed a public records complaint Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Ohio Court of Claims against the taxpayer-ow

Morrow County Commissioners's cover photo
02/20/2020

Morrow County Commissioners's cover photo

Morrow County Commissioners's cover photo
02/20/2020

Morrow County Commissioners's cover photo

Morrow County Commissioners
02/20/2020

Morrow County Commissioners

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80 North Walnut Street
Mount Gilead, OH
43338

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