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2021-003

Requested by: Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney
A county-run EMS organization can provide previously scheduled services that require ventilation, oxygenation, cardiac monitoring, and the administration of medications (or other services described in 4765.37, 4765.38, and 4765.39) so long as the service is performed by an EMT. A county-run EMS organization located in a county with a population greater than 40,000 may not provide patient transport services that do not require services described in R.C. 4765.35, 4765.37, 4765.38, and 4765.39.

2021-002

Requested by: Licking County Prosecuting Attorney
Due to an impermissible conflict of interest, a person may not serve simultaneously as a county treasurer and as a member of a municipal civil service commission when the two positions are within the same county.

2021-001

Requested by: Erie County Prosecuting Attorney
An examination of the responsibilities of a county auditor relative to a line item appropriation amount for county employee salaries, and particularly whether any potential liability may arise for issuing a warrant in violation of R.C. 5705.45 and R.C. 319.16.

2020-007

Requested by: Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney
Under specific conditions, a board of county commissioners has authority to execute leases of county-owned property for the purpose of construction and use of a Class II saltwater injection well involving disposal.

2020-006

Requested by: Ashtabula County Prosecuting Attorney
The opinion examines whether collections from tax foreclosures and forfeited land sales may be distributed to county land banks. The opinion contains three conclusions: 1) A board of county commissioners may authorize that up to 5% of delinquent taxes and assessments collected from a vacant land sale or tax foreclosures, conducted pursuant to R.C. 5721.18 and 5721.19, may be paid to county land banks, 2) delinquent taxes and assessments from forfeited lands sales cannot, pursuant to R.C. 5723.18, be paid to a county land bank, and 3) the phrase “collections of delinquent real property, personal property, and manufactured and mobile home taxes and assessments,” as used in R.C. 321.261(B) includes collections from forfeited land sales.

2020-005

Requested by: Mahoning County Prosecuting Attorney
The proceeds from the sale of real property that is titled in the name of a board of county commissioners, and that was purchased, maintained, renovated, repaired and improved through the years by a county board of developmental disabilities' levy funds, may be placed by the board of county commissioners in a separate fund to be used only for construction, equipment, furnishing, maintenance, or repair of the county buildings and the acquisition of sites.

2020-004

Requested by: Mahoning County Prosecuting Attorney
An ethics council appointed pursuant to R.C. 5126.031 is required to review all direct services contracts, even if the payment made pursuant to the contract is not with a board member, immediate family member of a board member, board employee, or immediate family member of a board employee.

2020-003

Requested by: Medina County Prosecuting Attorney
R.C. 325.33(B) requires that a board of county commissioners and a clerk of court agree that there is an excess in the certificate of title administration fund before a county budget commission may resolve a dispute regarding the excess.

2020-002

Requested by: Medina County Prosecuting Attorney
Courts may suspend jury trials to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and they may do so consistent with state and federal speedy-trial obligations.

2020-001

Requested by: Licking County Prosecuting Attorney
County auditor's unclassified real estate appraiser may not serve simultaneously as a board of zoning appeals member if he/she is not able to abstain from appraising certain property within the county.

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