“The residents of Butler County are overwhelmingly suffering and want Ohio and more specifically Butler County to reopen immediately,” Keller said. “Approximately 95 percent or more of the emails from my constituents presently to my office say open Ohio now, not tomorrow, not two weeks from now but today. The economy of Butler County is made up of an enormous amount of small businesses that cannot take much more of this without a total and complete collapse.”
Commission President T.C. Rogers said there are many things that need to be considered, such as the potential legal ramifications of passing a resultion declaring all business essential and encouraging them to open. He also noted Preble County did not take any official action, like a passing such a resolution.
“I for one don’t want to do anything just for symbolism,” he said. “All of us have many, many, many friends which are dealing with this closure and I’m glad you hasve some evidence it wasn’t right… We want to do it but we need to find out how.”
Commissioner Don Dixon received a phone call during Keller’s speech from the county prosecutor’s office, and he announced the board doesn’t have the authority to do what Keller wanted.