The cost of roof work at the goat barn – the oldest barn at the Miami County Fairgrounds – may be considerably less than initially thought, the county commissioners were told April 18.
The commissioners in March heard from fair representatives that a new roof likely was needed at the goat barn with estimates received from three companies ranging from $93,373 to more than $146,000. 
Chris Johnson, county director of operations and facilities, told commissioners last week companies used by the county to work on other roofs visited the fairgrounds and said repairs could be made instead of replacing the entire roof.
The commissioners asked Johnson to get quotes on the cost of the work suggested. Another meeting will be scheduled with fair board representatives to discuss the findings and the quotes, he said. The fair board representatives, pointing to limited finances and other maintenance projects needed at the fairgrounds, had asked the commissioners to pay for the roof project.
In other business last week the commissioners accepted a quote from Meyer Restorations of Piqua for $2,663 to repair and paint the jail recreation area screen framing outside the county Safety Building.
The commissioners also:
-  OK’d a quote from P&R Communications of Dayton to reprogram and tune 908 Motorola radios purchased last year. The digital radios need tuning annually for optimal clarity, the commissioners were told. The cost will be $49,895.
- Accepted the quote of First Systems Inc. of Troy to collect recyclables at events and festivals in 2018 and 2019 at a cost of up to $9,982 per year.
- Hired Dean Pond of Covington to serve as the county’s apiarist in 2018. Up to $4,000 will be appropriated for the position for a $15 hourly salary and 42 cents per mile in mileage.
- Met with Kathi Roetter of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss the annual request by the Troy Strawberry Festival committee to use county parking lots during the festival in June.