Harrison officials eye easements


Times Leader Staff?Writer

CADIZ Harrison County commissioners announced that they will hold a special meeting Friday at 3:30 p.m. to discuss pipeline easements with MarkWest.

The pipelines for natural gas gathering and transmission operations will connect with the Harrison County fractionator under construction in the industrial park. According to sources, sale of easement rights could bring the county an estimated $500,000.

During the regular session, commissioners approved emergency resolution 13-12 allowing the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS) to contract with the Jefferson County Community Action Council (CAC) to apply for and administer the national emergency grant.

Scott Blackburn, director of the DJFS, said he determined that his office does not have the staff or resources to meet the application deadline for and the administration of the federal grant.

“What ends up being the end result?” asked Commissioner Don Bethel. “They have the time and we don’t because of?”

“Staffing, resources, and really it is their specialty,” replied Blackburn. “They are the employer of record on this, they will take care of the hiring and all of it.”

“Are we losing any of the actual funding?” Bethel added.

Blackburn turned the questions over to Mike McGlumphy, Workforce Investment Act director at the Jefferson County CAC.

“Currently, Jefferson County is running the flood grant over the last disaster that came through here,” said McGlumphy, who will act as coordinator for the projects. “So we have worked in Harrison County before.”

“We are working on putting three eight-man crews over here, which are limited to 1,040 hours or $12,000, whatever comes first.” McGlumphy explained. “A supervisor in each crew and a coordinator to work with your EMA and your township people. Then I will have my coordinator that is going to be over both the Jefferson County and Harrison County grant going between the two to make sure the supplies are there and the equipment is there that they need.”

Most of the work is concentrated on the stream clean up, and no standing timber will be cut during the process.

“Basically, I have taken the liberty of submitting the initial request for 22 sites. That number will grow,” said McGlumphy. “Right now it looks like a 1.14 to 1.19 million dollar grant that will last for a period of one year.”

“Every effort will be made to employ Harrison County people first.” McGlumphy emphasized the coordinator should be familiar with the county. “Dislocated workers, long-term unemployed and under-employed are eligible with anyone whose business or employment was closed by the storm given first priority.”

The Harrison County DJFS will be taking the applications, and potential employees must pass a physical and drug test prior to hiring, which is provided at no cost to the applicant. Dates for taking applications and eligibility requirements for applicants will be advertised.

Wages are $14 per hour for the coordinator, $12 per hour for the supervisors and $10 per hour for workers. The work is considered training by the government and no unemployment will be paid for the participants.

The motion passed unanimously.

Blackburn also announced that long-time DJFS employee Carol Davy was retiring and Deb Coffland would be promoted to the ERS supervisor I position. Joanna Culver will move up into the ERS 2 vacated by Coffland. “We will be posting the job Culver is leaving and take it from there,” stated Blackburn.

The board also announced that the Sept. 12 meeting would be moved to Monday, Sept. 10 to allow the commissioners to tour the Cardinal Power Plant in Brilliant.

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