Commissioners talk school safety

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Commissioners heard an update regarding the status of the school safety plan during their regular meeting Tuesday. Roy Meadows of Foremost Safety Solutions was contacted and confirmed that the final paper plans and CDs will be delivered by the first of next week.

David Ivan, coordinator of the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency, noted that the contract was signed two years ago and covers St. Clairsville, Barnesville, Martins Ferry, Union Local districts and the joint vocational school. Three more districts may be included later based on available funding.

The districts have had instances of bomb threats last year and this year. The plans will be valuable to law enforcement and emergency response teams.

In other matters, work on the parking lot is nearing completion. The walls and curbing are complete and Friday the first coat will be laid. The finishing coat and entirely of the paving will be applied Monday. The back parking lot and the street will be off limits Friday and Monday. The renovation has increased available square feet.

Commissioners motioned to authorize the donation of a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria from the sheriff’s office fleet to the Bethesda Police Department.

Commissioners also motioned to approve and authorize Commissioner Charles R. Probst., Jr. to execute a five-year paid-up oil and gas lease agreement with Gulfport Energy Corporation for a tax parcel consisting of 0.259 acres located in Washington Township. Gulfport will pay a lease signing bonus of $1,500 and 18 percent royalty.

Commissioners motioned to award the full service Information Technology Support and Maintenance Program at specified Belmont County facilities to Digital Data Communications, Inc., in the amount of $144,000 yearly.

Commissioners approved and signed an amendment to the original architecture/engineering contract dated Dec. 1, 2010 with Chambers, Murphy & Burge, Restoration Architects, Ltd, for additional environmental services for the historic Belmont County Sheriff’s residence project in the amount of $14,228.75.

Commissioners motioned to accept the proposal from Lash Paving, Inc., in the amount of $6,972.50 for parking lot paving between the old jail and the courthouse.

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