Monroe prosecutor’s office receives grant

WOODSFIELD – A $33,341 grant received for the prosecuting attorney’s office was accepted Tuesday by the Monroe County commissioners, who also heard about a health insurance proposal with increased rates.

Prosecuting Attorney L. Kent Riethmiller informed commissioners about the VOCA grant received from the state. It is to be used for victims’ and witnesses’ services.

Bob Tschappat of the Health Plan presented a health insurance proposal, which lists new rates for next year. He indicated there would be a 34.6 percent increase in the HMO and a 10.8 percent increase in the PPO plan.

A decision is needed by the Health Plan by Dec. 15. The county currently obtains health insurance coverage from that company and if a decision is made to go with another company, it would be necessary to give the Health Plan a 30-day notice, according to the discussion.

Several department heads were present for the discussion about health insurance. After Tschappat left, Pam Bishop of the auditor’s office went over various aspects of the plan.

Bishop also reported she had sent information to four other companies.

The auditor’s office representative is to contact Tschappat about a health savings account.

When Tschappat was present, he had been asked about this type of account, and it was discussed briefly. He offered to provide additional information about the health savings account and to have another company representative to explain it more fully.

In other matters, one bid was received for plumbing for the engineer’s garage which is to be constructed. The bid from Hilty Repair, Rittman, totaled $11,500, including labor and materials.

The engineer’s estimate for plumbing was $18,000 but it also included fixtures. County Engineer Lonnie Tustin and Matt Brake of Swiss Valley Associates took the bid for review and later in the meeting recommended its acceptance.

Commissioners approved a motion to accept the bid, and the engineer’s department will obtain the necessary fixtures.

A motion was approved to close the courthouse for Columbus Day.

Permission was granted for four road projects involving:

Installation of a 3-inch gas line through steel casing by Monroe Drilling, Woodsfield, at Monroe 47, Barber Ridge Road, and Monroe 17, Edwina Road, in Wayne Township.

Installation of a 3-inch gas line through steel casing by Beck Energy, Ravenna, on Monroe 19, Brownsville, in Benton Township.

Installation of a 2-inch gas line through steel casing by Moose Ridge Oil, Perry Schumacher, on Monroe 45, Moose Ridge Road, south of Woodsfield.

Installation of a 1-inch gas line through steeling casing by Lee Fetty, Benwood Road, Sardis, on Monroe 10, Benwood Road, west of a Lee Township road.