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Request for Proposal (RFP)


The Morrow County Board of Commissioners is seeking the professional services of a Soil Scientist/System Designer to assist in administering its Home Sewage Treatment System (HSTS) grant program which provides financial assistance to eligible homeowners in addressing repairs to their failing septic systems and/or abandoning of their systems to connect and/or repair connection to a centralized sewer system.



The expected product of the Soil Scientist/System Designer, at a minimum, are to meet Federal, State and local rules and regulations regarding household sewage disposal for the health, safety and welfare of the property owner(s) being assisted, as well as the community at large. 

These Requirements include but are not limited to the ability to:

  • Soil analysis of the particular property(ies);
  • System Design and recommendations in accordance with Federal, State and local regulations and requirements;
  • Provide written recommendations to the Morrow County Development Director and/or assigned staff;
  • Establish communication and advise Contractors on an “as-needed” basis;
  • The contract shall be for the analysis and design of up to twenty (20) properties needing a Soil Scientist/System Designer for projects eligible for the HSTS grant cycle as determined by the Morrow County Development Office and approved by the Morrow County Commissioners



At a minimum, the following information shall be submitted to the County in response to this request:

  • Qualifications as a soil scientist
  • Qualifications as a system designer
  • Previous experience as a soil scientist
  • Previous experience as a system designer
  • References for professional services as a soil scientist and system designer
  • Current profession
  • Bid amount to perform soil analysis/designs for up to twenty eligible projects


A qualified panel will review the proposals received against factors for award identified in the RFP.  A recommendation will then be made to the Board of Morrow County Commissioners. If negotiations are held, “best and final offers” will be requested, as well as, most qualified offer of services selected, subject to negotiation of a fair and reasonable price.

Upon completion of successful negotiations, a contract will be executed with the Board of Morrow County Commissioners.



Proposals will be received at the address below until 4:00pm on July 12, 2019. Please address all correspondence to:

Andy Ware

Development Director

Morrow County Development Office

80 N. Walnut Street, Suite B

Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338

Phone: 419-947-7535

                                                          PUBLIC NOTICE

            A public hearing for the purpose of hearing discussion on the 2020 County Tax Budget intended use, will be held on June 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., in the hearing room of the Morrow County Commissioners, 80 North Walnut Street, Ste A, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

            The residents of Morrow County are invited to attend and provide written and/or oral comments concerning the entire budget for fiscal year 2020.

            The County Tax Budget will be available for inspection from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, after June 26, 2019, in the office of the Morrow County Auditor, 48 East High Street, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338.


                                                             Cheryl Heacock, Clerk

Board of Revision - June 5, 2019

The Board of Revision will meet in session June 5th at 1:00 p.m. to hear the complaints that have been filed against the 2018 tax year valuations.  Hearings will take place at 80 N. Walnut St. - County Commissioners Hearing room. 

May 20, 2019



WHEREAS, on April 24, 2019, the  Morrow County Commissioners passed Resolution# 19-R-329, Requests For Proposal (RFP) for the lease, lease/purchase of the Morrow County Hospital; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to extend the deadline date to accept proposals;

THEREFORE, Mr. Whiston made a motion that due to time constraints to change the deadline for the RFPs from June 3, 2019 at 10:00 am. to July 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Davis duly seconded this motion.

Roll Call Vote:  .., mr. Castle...,  "yea"  .., Mr. Whiston..., "yea"  .., Mr. Davis.., "yea"

                                               Morrow County Hospital RFP


The Morrow County Commissioners seek Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the Lease, or Lease/Purchase, of the Morrow County Hospital located at 651 West Marion Road, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

Specific Proposals Sought:

The Morrow County Commissioners request that Request for Proposal (RFP) submissions address the following items:

  • Proposed full lease terms in years
  • Proposed Capital investment over lease term
  • Proposed annual lease/full lease term amount
  • If lease/purchase, please include full purchase price, and
  • Committed hiring levels of hospital staff to be made over lease term, including committed level of Morrow County residents to hire for that staffing.

Request for Proposal Process:

Hard copy, paper submissions should be made by 10 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, to Morrow County Commissioner Clerk Ms. Cheryl Heacock at 80 N. Walnut Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio, 43338.

All questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing to Ms. Heacock at same address prior to May 29, 2019.  All such questions received with answers will be posted to the Morrow County Commissioner's Website for all applicants to review.

Required Documents for Submission:

  • Staffing plan with detailed hospital management experience
  • Standard ProForma documentation
  • Provided bonding and insurance standards
  • Statement of Compliance wtih all relevant County, State, and Federal laws.
  • Documentation addressing each of the below RFP Evaluation Critetria:

RFP Evaluation Criteria:

Demonstrated ability to recruit and retain highly-qualified physicians and specialists to live and work within Morrow County.

Applicant's history of demonstrated standards of patient care based on Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) indicators such as:  Prevention Quality Indicators, Inpatient Quality Indicators: and Patient Safety Indicators.

Please detail experience and examples of having updated existing, older hospital facilities into modern facilities.  Please include recent investment amounts from the past 10 years into upgrading older facilities.

Explain your track record in expanding and training rural hospital staff, including your record for either increasing or reducing such staffing levels.

Overall proposal providing the best value for commitment of training and hiring staff.

Overall best value for facility investment and improvement in terms of Capital investment committed over the life of the lease term.

Overall best value for financial return in lease rate/purchase to Morrow County.

Please note, as the Morrow County Hospital is publicly owned and has been tax payer supported since its inception, all submitted RFPs, and the RFP process itself, will be treated as public records.

The Morrow County Commissioners reserve the right to cancel, reissue or reject all responses to the Morrow County Hospital RFP, in whole or in part, when:

(1) The services offered are not in compliance with the requirements, specifications, and terms and conditions set forth in the RFP; or

(2) Pricing offered is considered to be deficient in comparision with existing market conditions, or

(3) It is determined that award of a contract would not be in the best interests of the County.

                                                              2019 Budget Commission 

The 2019 Budget Commission will hold regular monthly meetings every second (2nd) and as necessary, fourth (4th) Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditor's Office, Room 7, Morrow County Court House. February and August, the meeting shall be on the first Monday in place of the second Monday at 1 pm in the County Commissioners’ Hearing Room. All other Special Meetings called by the Chairman will be posted on the website.





Morrow County is committed to the health of its employees and residents. The health hazards related to all tobacco products, including but not limited to smoking and/or smokeless tobacco, are well documented. The health hazards related to smoking impact both the smoker and non-smoker exposed to secondhand smoke. The purpose of the Morrow County Smoke Fee, Tobacco Free Workplace Policy is to comply with the Ohio Smoking Ban (ORC 3794), to provide clean air to employees and visitors on all county owned property and in all county owned vehicles, and to provide a work environment that supports employee health.

The Smoke Free, Tobacco Free Policy is part of the County’s broader employee wellness program intended to provide employees with a healthy workplace, access to health insurance, preventive health services, and health information.


1.1 Smoking or lighting of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other substances is prohibited on County property. Use of smokeless tobacco products, including chew and snuff, is prohibited on County property. Property is defined as all building, grounds, parking lots, and motor vehicles owned by Morrow County, Ohio.

1.2 This policy shall apply to all county employees, subcontractors, and visitors while on County property at the following campuses during business and non-business hours:

1.21 THE COURTHOUSE, ENGINEER’S OFFICE, PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE & WALNUT PLACE CAMPUSES, shall be smoke free in the buildings, at entrances, and in the parking lots. The designated smoking areas for the campuses are on the public sidewalks.

1.3 As necessary, this policy shall be modified to comply with regulating state and federal laws.

1.4 This policy shall take effect on July 15, 2013, with a transition period to run from July 15, 2013 through September 1, 2013. During the transition, reminders will be issued to those violating the policy. Enforcement of the policy shall begin September 1, 2013.

1.5 Violations of this policy by employees will be treated according to the county’s progressive discipline schedule.

1.5.1 The first time an employee is found in violation of this policy, he/she will receive a verbal warning, including a review of the policy.

1.5.2 The second time an employee is found in violation of this policy, he/she will receive a verbal written warning.

1.5.3 A third violation will result in a written warning.

1.5.4 A fourth violation may result in suspension without pay to underscore the seriousness of the situation.

1.5.5 Subsequent violations may result in termination.

1.6 Subcontractors or visitors violating the policy will be informed of the County’s policy and politely asked to comply. Subcontractors or visitors refusing to comply with the policy will be asked to leave County property, and will be invited to return to conduct business once they have finished and are able to comply with the policy.

1.7 Any person who observes a violation of this policy by an employee may report violations to the supervisor of the employee in question. Once the employee’s supervisor has been notified of a violation, or if the supervisor observes the violation directly, the supervisor is responsible to discuss the violation with the employee and taking appropriate disciplinary action. If the problem persists, an employee observing the violations may contact Patricia Davies, Director of Operations at 419-947-7535.

1.8 The County provides a range of resources to assist County employees who want to quit smoking and/or quit other tobacco products, including:

1.8.1 Tobacco cessation support through the Ohio tobacco Quit Line at or 1-800-784-8669;

1.8.2 Coverage of pharmaceuticals to assist with tobacco cessation (for employees covered by the county insurance) plan through Caremark at 1-800-896-2183;

1.8.3 A counseling visit with the employee’s primary care physician (employees covered by the county insurance plan); and

1.8.4 Referrals to area smoking cessation programs and services through the County Wellness Program by calling Kelly Hand, Morrow County Health Department, 419-947-1545, ext 314