POMEROY — Michelle Stumbo, Meigs County 4-H Extension 4-H educator and county director, is “Raising the Roof” with her efforts to repair Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp.
Stumbo presented her plan to county commissioners during last Thursday’s Meigs County Commissioners meeting, where she asked for their support on the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp capital improvement campaign.
According to Stumbo, at least four facilities are in dire need of new roofs at the Jackson 4-H location, including the historic log cabin, the main lodge and both staff A-frame buildings. Without needed repairs, the interior of the structures will be damaged.
Camping seasons began for 4-H members more than 65 years ago at the site. Meigs 4-H began using the camp in 1954. Over the years, improvements have been made to the facility, including the addition of a pool, multi-purpose dining and recreation lodge and the leadership center.
The organization strives to maintain the facilities with membership dues and donations in order to provide educational programming for youth, but needs help with the estimated $80,000 necessary to replace the roofs. Farm Credit Mid-American has agreed to match funds of up to $40,000 on donations received through Sept. 30.
“This is one of the best camping facilities in the state,” Stumbo said. “We want to ensure the camp will serve us well into the future.”
The commissioners immediately took the matter into consideration, and after a period of discussion, it was not whether or not “Raise the Roof”campaign would gain their support, it was about how much to put toward the project and how it should be funded.
The commissioners were encouraged by Farm Credit Mid-American’s offer to match funds, and agreed the camp was important to the youth of not only Meigs, but of all the counties that use the facilities.
A motion was made to give money from inactive funds and to challenge other counties to do the same. The commissioners approved $5,000 from the B90 fund, which is money the county receives from sources other than sales tax. This paticular amount was payment for timber cut on county land by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and deemed an appropriate use of the revenue.
Stumbo also announced Meigs will have a new part-time county extension agent beginning May 3. Details will be announced later, but she was able to share that he is coming from a background of agriculture and natural resources education.
A motion was made to approve last week’s minutes and to pay bills totaling $311,215.01 in the categories of county general fund, an appropriation and commissioner’s supplies.
Gene Triplett was on the agenda, and he presented the commissioners with rebids for the Eagle Ridge Bridge project. The bids were opened and the commissioners referred the matter to Tripplett for review and recommendation.
In other business, a five-year lease was approved for land owned by the county to Charles Sauters, Route 7 Auto sales.
Gary Cooper, Lebanon Township trustee, was at the meeting with questions concerning salt brine tanks and the maintenance of roads both into the brine tank and the township roads used for transportation of the product. Cooper said he had been fielding questions from residents of the township and asked the commissioners for assistance in getting them answered.
“Do we get some money from the state to help with maintenance? There isn’t any sales tax coming from the brine tanks,” he said.
“We would like to help with your questions,” said commissioner president Tim Ihle, “But we don’t oversee township government.”
The commissioners advised Cooper to seek out other township officers who had similar dealing with such issues, such as Letart Township, where Shelly Gravel Co. is located.
It was announced a tuberculosis clinic will be 9 a.m. May 9 at the Meigs County Courthouse and tests will be given to county employees.
The meeting was adjourned; the Meigs County Commissioners meet every Thursday at 11 a.m. at the courthouse in Pomeroy.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551