POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners welcomed local country artist Matt Metheney to their May 12 meeting, and offered a praise for his nomination to play at this year’s Country Music Artists Festival.
A full slate of business was preceded by a live performance.
From a considered list of 12, three projects were chosen for the 2016 Community Development Block Grant. The CDBG is a federal program funding community development, with guidelines aiming to solicit local input. Letart Township will see $11,492 for slip repair, Scipio Township will get $27,250 to replace their outdated fire equipment, and the Village of Pomeroy will repair the guardrail and blacktop on Lincoln Hill with $26,058. The choices followed two public hearings and now heads to the Ohio Development Services Agency.
Board of Elections members offered updates on their office move. The commissioners confirmed some logistical assistance, and the parties affirmed the plan to be operational in the new building in early June. BOE members Megan Lee and Angie Robson expressed interest in painting the interior of their new building themselves. This was encouraged by the commissioners, and commissioner Tim Ihle joked, “Are you certified painters to paint in Meigs?”
The BOE also extended an invitation to the commissioners to Gary Walker’s retirement party. Commissioner Mike Bartrum took the moment to praise Walker’s long service to the area.
The Meigs County Highway Department requested a resolution from the commissioner’s for the repair of slips on C28 Locust Grove Road and C28 Bashan Road. The commissioners sought additional information and made a public conference call during the meeting.
County Engineer Gene Tripplett stated a unanimous resolution, which passed, that would give him the authority to take urgent action.
Herman Carson, of the Ohio Public Defender’s Office, presented budget changes to the commissioners. Most of the changes were as a result of a state accounting error.
“I’ve made efforts to track actual costs since I became the director two years ago,” Carson said as he presented mostly positive trending budgetary numbers. After discussion involving Prosecutor Colleen Williams, the commissioners approved the new contract.
Carrie Gloekner represented the Meigs County Museum to seek location suggestions for a possible move. The society expressed their interest in acquiring the courthouse when the local government relocates to a newer building, though the timeline is uncertain. The courthouse fulfills a centrally located, historic and accessible location, without which the museum suffers in attendance and preservation capability.
Though likely in need of tremendous repair, the commissioners invited the museum to scout the former Meigs County Infirmary as potential site.
Two appropriations, $8,000 into A022A01 and $23,000 into A004B13, were approved.
Bills were paid in the amount of $27, 859.28 from a total of $201, 358.06. Now & Thens amount to 18,060 County Court (B044B01).
Metheney will participate in this year’s Country Music Awards Festival after songs posted to his YouTube and Facebook accounts caught minor industry attention. The Rutland native expressed his excitement to be part of the CMA “even though I’m not there for an award; maybe next year.” He said he always wanted to be a musician and “our family reunion is practically a Bluegrass meet-up.”
Commissioner Randy Smith told the overfilled full office, “We love when Meigs County is put on the map and want to recognize that sort of drive. We don’t have any keys to the city, but we do have this commendation to let everyone know the county is proud.”
Ihle read a proclamation, which said in part, “We are impressed with your vision to be part of the country music industry and excited that your dream is about to be realized.”