POMEROY — Meigs County Commissioners expressed their gratitude for the work done by county employees during the recent snow event. Commissioners Tim Ihle, Randy Smith and Mike Bartrum agreed everyone worked together as a team and should be commended for their efforts.
“We can’t say enough about County Engineer Eugene Triplett and his staff at the County Highway Department, the township trustees and their staff, and the staff at the Meigs ODOT garage,” Smith said. “Everyone was prepared and took care highways and roadways quickly. Robbie Jacks and the EMS workers are the best in the state for their preparedness and dedication to our citizens, EMA director Jamie Jones kept us informed about the storm’s status and the location of warming stations and Sheriff Keith Wood kept us updated on the emergency levels.
Assistant Dog Warden Dee Cummins took care of the shelter during the storm and maintenance worker Shannon Spaun deserves credit for having the county lots cleared so quickly. It takes a team and we have the best one around.”
According to Triplett, 90 tons of salt and 420 tons of cinders were used in efforts to clear all 259.36 miles of county roads.
Ihle, newly appointed president of the commissioners, added that residents should also be commended for their efforts at helping their neighbors during the storm.
“Anyone with a snow plow was out, and I saw people going from one neighbor to the next plowing driveways. It was just so good to see people helping one another.”
In other matters, the commissioners approved two minor appropriation adjustments to the 2016 budget; numbers were switch in columns in one instance and in the other a figure had been submitted incorrectly. The corrections did not significantly affect the budget and were approved by the commissioners.
In the “Now and Thens” category, the commissioners approved a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Middleport Street Improvement of $27,985.50 to the Shelly Company. Meigs County Prosecuting Attorneys Furtherance of Justice (FOJ) fund in the amount of $12,500 was approved; the money is used for various discretionary projects by the Prosecutors office.
A repair and maintenance agreement for Pipeline Construction and Infrastructure was prepared by Triplet for review.The project involves expanding gas lines in the area.
Several county and township roads will be used during construction of the project, and the according to the agreement, the operator of the construction will be responsible for “repair and maintenance due to excess traffic of the roads related to construction.”
The agreement also ensures that operators of the Project will be responsible for the strengthening and upgrading of “haul route” roads and bridges.
Approval was given by the unaminously by the commissions, “In order to protect the counties interests in the roads that will be used during what is called the Pipeline Projects.”
The Rutland Sewer Improvement project is moving forward, with plans for work to begin in 2017.
The meeting was adjourned; the Meigs County Commissioners meet every Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Courthouse unless otherwise noted.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551