County recognizes Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month


By Lorna Hart - lhart@civitasmedia.com



Pictured with Meigs Commissioners Mike Bartrum, Randy Smith and Tim Ihle are members of Carleton School, Meigs Industries, Inc. and Inclusions receiving the proclamation.


POMEROY — Meigs County Commissioners on Thursday approved funds and contacts, and issued two proclamations.

Representatives from the Carleton School, Meigs Industries and Inclusions were on hand to receive a proclamation from the commissioners recognizing March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The proclamation encouraged Meigs residents to focus on the abilities of all people by “increasing awareness through active participation in community activities and openness to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contribution.”

It stated that policies must be developed, attitudes shaped, and opportunities offered to enable people with developmental disabilities to live productively and independently. The proclamation also encourages everyone to support full access to education, housing, employment and recreation activities for people with disabilities.

As part of the month-long focus on developmental disabilities, the commissioners wished to encourage everyone to get to know someone with a disability and ask them to share their story, with the message, “Every person’s story holds a promise to educate and inspire others.”

During the month of March, activities are planned that include poster displays in businesses and agencies, public service announcements on radio stations designed to help people understand individuals with developmental disabilities, and recognize that everyone has talents and strengths.

“Instead of focusing on the disability, we should be focusing on the abilities of all people,” said members of the Meigs County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Representatives from the Farm Bureau presented the commissioners with baskets of local produce as part of their efforts in promoting Ag Day, which is March 15. The commissioners issued a proclamation for National Agriculture Week, calling upon residents of the county to “acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of all those who, working together, produce an abundance of agricultural products that strengthen and enrich our community and our nation.”

Prisoner housing agreements were reviewed prior to Thursday’s meeting by Meigs County Sheriff Keith Woods and the Meigs Prosecuting Attorney’s offices. According to the commissioners, an inadequate number of jail facilities in Meigs made additional arrangements necessary.

Meigs will compensate Morrow, Knox and Highland counties on a per prisoner, per day rate of $53.64, $50 and $55, respectively.

Given the expansion of need for prisoner facilities, they stated they will continue to explore permanent remedies that are in the best interest of the county.

Meigs County Engineer Gene Triplett advised rejection of all bids for the Eagle Ridge Bridge project and a soliciting of rebids. The motion was approved, and Triplett said he will soon be accepting new bids at a date to be announced.

Kenneth Oehlers, representing Habitat for Humanity, updated plans for the first Habitat house to be built in Meigs County. Next week, the Daily Sentinel will provide more information on the project and the positive effects Oehler hopes it will have on the community.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.

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Pictured with Meigs Commissioners Mike Bartrum, Randy Smith and Tim Ihle are members of Carleton School, Meigs Industries, Inc. and Inclusions receiving the proclamation.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Meigs-Industries.jpgPictured with Meigs Commissioners Mike Bartrum, Randy Smith and Tim Ihle are members of Carleton School, Meigs Industries, Inc. and Inclusions receiving the proclamation.

By Lorna Hart

lhart@civitasmedia.com

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