Belmont Commissioners send protest to state

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County commissioners addressed state policies and the possible negative impact on the local economy during their Wednesday meeting.

Commissioners voiced objection to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s intent to hand over the I-70 Rest Area to Belmont County Tourism.

“It is not right for the state of Ohio to unload this responsibility onto county government,” said Commissioner Ginny Favede, adding that the prosperity in the county is visible, as reflected by the excise tax being lodged by the state. She said this should rather necessitate a re-investment into the county.

In other issues, commissioners took note of a planned pipeline by MarkWest Energy through Monroe, Belmont and Harrison counties and passed a resolution requesting that the pipe be made using American steel.

Commissioners motioned to turn over bids received for a bridge replacement project to the county engineer.

Commissioners motioned to turn over bids received for a Community Development Block Grant sidewalk improvement work along South Bridge Street in Belmont, to the Regional Council Senior Management Specialist.

Commissioners motioned to sign a pay application for Fields Excavating Inc., totaling $188,109.87 for the Neffs, West Neffs, and St. Joe gravity sewer project Phase I.

Board motioned to approve a 50 cent per hour pay increase for Ross Breiding, Building and Grounds Department, retroactive to Sept. 3, and a 50-cent increase for Barb Blake, Fiscal Manager, retroactive to Sept. 25.

A date and time was established for a subdivision hearing regarding the Plat of Hidden Springs Seventh Addition, Richland Township.

Commissioner Charles R. Probst Jr. was authorized to execute a quarterly subgrant report for the Belmont County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force grant in the amount of $1,498.79.

Commissioners motioned to approve the transfer of $115,000 from the Belmont County General Fund to the District Detention Home fund for fourth quarter 2012 expenses.

Commissioners motioned to award the bid for a bridge replacement project and enter into contract with Ohio-West Virginia Excavating in the amount of $713,333.

Commissioners motioned to adopt the resolution to retain Isaac, Brant, Leman and Teetor, LLP as specialized legal counsel and to provide for compensation for such counsel.

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