Commissioners address senior issues

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – During Wednesday’s Belmont County Commissioners meeting guests voiced support and opposition to the proposed plan to create a separate agency to manage senior services.

Commissioner Matt Coffland again voiced his opposition to the proposal, noting the savings and increase in services and in seniors provided for under the program, combined with the more efficient management. He added that in the interest of transparency, finances will be posted at the senior centers monthly beginning the first of next year.

Commissioner Charles R. Probst Jr. noted that future meetings will review related issues in greater depth.

Coffland noted the need to pass the upcoming 1 mill, $1.2 million renewal levy. The three senior services levies bring in $3.2 million and the current cost of operation with no capital improvement funds is about $2.3 million due to food and fuel costs, the delivery service expansion from 600 to 800 people, the increase of 100 people served at the centers, and needed upgrades to the senior centers and replacements for the food delivery trucks. The trucks run five days a week and make about 90 stops daily.

“We need that levy to pass,” he said.

In other matters, representatives of the Belmont County Port Authority suggested an informational meeting with the commissioners to coordinate schedules and upcoming projects to best utilize the county’s resources to move the area forward and facilitate incoming jobs through the oil and gas industry. The commissioners will consider carrying over their Nov. 28 meeting for Nov. 29, 8 a.m. so entire board might attend.

Commissioners motioned to accept bids received for providing full service technology support and maintenance for the board’s review and recommendation.

Commissioners motioned to authorize Probst to execute the County Risk Sharing Authority renewal application. Probst was also authorized to represent the commissioners on the county sub-committee for Issue 2 Round 27 projects.

Commissioners motioned to authorize issuing $70,000 of notes to pay part of the cost of acquiring equipment for use by the DJFS. This is a renewal of existing notes in a reduced principal amount.

Commissioners motioned to adopt the resolution authorizing the transfer and appropriation of revolving loan funds to the Neffs Sanitary Sewer Project.

Commissioners motioned to approve the village of Powhatan Point’s application in accordance for the use of Municipal Street Fund/Vehicle License Tax in the amount of $22,387 for proposed improvements to South End Route 7 Pipe Project, Birch Street, to South End of village limits. The estimated cost is $62,887, of which $22,387 will be from the vehicle license tax fund.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign letter to the Ohio Department of Administrative Services notifying them of the county’s intent to terminate the memorandum of agreement for Ohio’s location-based response system dated Dec. 22, 2010. The state has never approved their portion of the funds for this project. $50,000 was to come from Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program, $190,000 from state grants program and $60,000 from local funds.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign the General Warranty Deed for the transfer of Lot 12 situated in Fox Commerce Park from the county to the Belmont County Community Improvement Corporation as an expansion for Extreme Contracting.

Commissioners motioned to adopt a resolution designating Commissioner Ginny Favede as the official representative for the annual meeting of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio in 2012. Coffland will be alternate.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign an amendment to the vendor agreement between the county DJFS and Barnesville Taxi to increase the maximum amount of the agreement from $80,000 to $130,000 due to increases in usage. This is a Title XIX contract used to transport Medicaid recipients to various Medicaid facilities and offices.

Commissioners motioned to appoint attorney Jeff Stankunas to assist and advise the sheriff and commissioners on a personnel matter. He will be paid from the sheriff’s department funds.

Commissioners motioned to appoint Chief Michael P. Kovalyk to the Belmont County 911 Board as a Belmont County Law Enforcement representative, effective immediately through Dec. 31, 2014 to fill the unexpired term of the late Chief Tim Zdanski.

Commissioners motioned to rescind a motion of Oct. 24, 2012 that adopted an addendum to the roadway use maintenance agreement for drilling projects and infrastructure to address prevailing wage compliance and reporting.

Commissioners motioned to grant the final plat for Hidden Springs, Seventh Addition, Richland Township.

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