Domestic violence targeted

CADIZ – Harrison County Commissioners, at the request of Cathy Campbell, executive director of the Tri-County Help Center Inc., passed a resolution Wednesday making a proclamation in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Paula Planey, Community Educator for the center, also spoke to the board emphasizing the importance of making everyone in the county familiar with the resources and programs available.

“Domestic violence is an ongoing problem in our counties,” said Planey. “Last year over 500 primary victims received services.”

Planey introduced Stephanie Gilmore, Legal Advocate, who runs the Harrison County office. Gilmore invited the board and all county residents to an open house for her office on Oct. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Tri-County Help Center located at 109 W. Warren St. in Cadiz.

Doug Crabtree addressed the board, representing Engineer Rob Sterling about the road modifications in Conotton. Crabtree presented an Assignment of Easement in which Atwell turned the easement over to the county. “They need to turn the road liability back over to the county to allow traffic to travel on the property they have used to widen the roads to allow for their truck traffic.”

“The transfer of easement will not cost the county any money. It is just necessary to make everything legal,” Crabtree added.

Joyce Brown represented the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Service and asked approval of a new hire for the office. The board approved re-hiring Rhonda Bland as a Unit Support Worker II.

Commissioner Don Bethel questioned Brown about the position and she responded that Bland had previously been employed by the DJFS but that the position of Unit Support Worker II was an addition to the staff and not a replacement hire.

The board also passed Resolution 17-12 establishing a prevailing wage for all work done in relation to the many road use agreements associated with the drilling boom. Commissioner Bethel emphasized, “We have contacted all of the local paving companies and asphalt contractors and they unanimously support this resolution.”

The current prevailing wage is $26.39 per hour for Heavy Highway construction.

Harrison County Treasurer Vicki Sefsick told the board that she is continuing her efforts to implement change and modernize her office. “The next step is adding a system to allow taxpayers to use credit and debit to pay their bills,” said Sefsick. “We have also discussed the addition of allowing tax payers to enroll in an automatic payment plan.”

Sefsick explained that the new system should be online in November and she will have more details once it is in place.

The commissioners also received a check for $15,535.35 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. Forest Operations Land Management Officer Chad Sanders and Forestry Officer Thomas Macy told the board that the monies were the required 65 percent share of profits from the harvest of timber in Harrison State Forest, Harrison Hills School District will receive $7767.67, while the county and Archer township will both take $3883.84 as their share of the funds.

Sanders explained that the harvest was approximately one-third completed and that the county would be receiving a check for the remainder of the sales next year.

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