Monroe program gains $411K grant

WOODSFIELD – A grant totaling more than $411,800, which is double the amount of funding previously received, has been approved for the Monroe County Public Transportation Program.

It also is resulting in an increased service and the hiring of three more drivers.

Denise Potts, who heads the public transportation program, talked with the county commissioners Monday about the 2013 grant, which is for $411,858. She explained the grant has been doubled because non-emergency transportation now is included in the program.

The public transportation program has 14 vehicles plus two back-ups.

Potts indicated because the program’s expansion, she would need to hire three additional drivers.

In addition to approving and signing the grant document, commissioners approved a motion to hire Susan Day, Crystal Bivens and Annette Erchak as drivers.

Commissioners received a recommendation from County Engineer Lonnie Tustin to award the contract for repaving Monroe 41, 45 and 85 to Shelly and Sands of Rayland. The Rayland company was the lowest bidder, and its bid totaled $414,532.50.

In other matters, County Recorder Ann Block informed commissioners that she has been negotiating with Angero Resources, a Colorado corporation, to digitize all mortgage deeds and leases in the county.

Connie Eyman, recently appointed as interim administrator at the Monroe County Care Center, gave an update regarding the center. She also asked for an executive session in regard to personnel. No action in that regard was taken after the session.

Bill Wilson, a Woodsfield resident whose wife recently was in the care center, spoke in favor of having telephones in all the rooms at the center. He said the jacks already are there, and the telephones would be of an extra benefit, especially for the contentment of the patients.

Commissioners explained this isn’t financially feasible at the present time.

Sonny Block, a former county commissioner who was with Wilson at the meeting, asked if the commissioners would look into the cost, and they agreed to do so.

Commissioners took action on a motion to give permission to the Woodsfield Christmas Committee to use the first and second floors of the courthouse Dec. 8 for its craft show. Adam Lehowsky, who is employed on a part-time basis, will monitor and clean the courthouse in regard to the show.

A motion was approved to close the courthouse Monday for Labor Day. As a result, commissioners will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m.