County Looks At New One-Stop-Shop
By Nancy Bowman
A new home is in the works for the Miami County One Stop Shop, which includes the deputy registrar, the county auto title office, the driver's license exam station and the state salvage inspection station.
The operations have been located in a leased building on Experiment Farm Road in Troy for more than 20 years but that could be changing, according to a discussion Jan. 24 between the county commissioners and representatives of the One Stop Shop agencies.
"Everybody needs more space," said Jan Mottinger, county Clerk of Courts, whose responsibilities include operating the title agency. He was joined at the meeting by Billie Ray Auto Title Department manager; Chris Overton, deputy registrar; and Shawn Peeples, chief deputy Clerk of Courts.
In addition to space, other concerns tenants said they have with the current location included inadequate parking and lack of maintenance of the building and the parking lot. Exiting the property has become increasingly difficult because of the amount of traffic on Experiment Farm Road, the commissioners were told.
Mottinger said the rent for his office is $2,400 a month and rent increases have been around 3 percent a year.
The proposal heard by commissioners was for possibly building new on county owned property off County Road 25A and Lytle Road north of Troy.
The commissioners said they would like to have more information on building needs as well as other potential sites before choosing the location.
"We need to get something done," Commissioner Jack Evans said.
"I am not ready to commit to that location," said Commission President John "Bud" O'Brien. He, agreed, however, that a new location was needed and a county-owned building where space could be rented would be the best option.
The location would be secondary to first determining the size of building needed and a cost estimate, O'Brien said.
He said the Lytle Road location might be an issue because of a bike path. Evans said he wasn't sure he wanted to see the county cut up the overall property.
A location in the Troy area would be best for accessibility for people across the county, Mottinger said.
Those involved in the discussion agreed the next step would be the county hiring someone to help draw up plans and a cost estimate.