GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission discussed soil conservation and the 2016 audit at its regular meeting Friday.

Crawford County Conservation District Chairman Mark Lehman presented the 2017-18 budget for the district. He reported that less money will be received from the state, but the district is asking for the same amount as last year from the county.

“It’s been about eight years we’ve kept the same amount,” Lehman said. “We’re getting less from the state, but we will be able to manage.”

Lehman said state funds for conservation projects has gone down as well. In 2016, the district completed eight sewage and wastewater projects, 110,000 feet of terraces and 50 acres of grass waterways, along with cattle watering lines. The district funds projects through a cost-sharing system.

The commission approved the budget.

County Clerk Don Pyle presented the commission with a contract for services rendered from Certified Public Accountant Terry Sercer. Sercer performed an audit of the county financials for the past year. The commission authorized Commission Chairman Carl Wood to sign the contract.

Pyle also reported that Crawford County Mental Health will host a course to train people to notice the signs of mental illness in July. CCMH has offered to host smaller workshops on the issue for interested organizations.

The commission may begin interviewing candidates for the County Road and Bridge Director position before its Tuesday meeting.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.