Acting director named for Belmont 911

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County commissioners addressed several issues during Wednesday’s meeting, including an update on the directorship of the 911 emergency center.

On Dec. 31, 911 Director Robyn Marshall was placed on administrative leave. Bryan Minder was named acting director.

Commissioner Charles R. Probst Jr. recounted the known facts of the case. During an emergency situation, parents brought a small child in need of treatment to the center. However, the site is solely a dispatch center without ambulances or medical supplies. He said many of the dispatchers on site are paramedics or emergency medical technicians and sometimes bring their own supplies or equipment.

The parents arrived and asked for help and to contact Cumberland Trail Fire Department. The supervisor asked the dispatcher to render any possible aid until the squad arrived. They went on to the hospital, but the child passed away.

“It was a tragic situation and we had asked Director Marshall at that time not to issue any discipline to this dispatcher for going out and trying to save this boy’s life,” Probst said. “She was doing what she was told to do.”

Probst added that rendering aid was not necessarily against protocol, and every situation is unique.

“We are fortunate to have dispatchers that are highly trained,” he said. “I think she’s to be commended.”

The matter remains under investigation. The 911 center will continue providing services to public safety.

Commissioners motioned to authorize Favede to execute invoices for the Centennial Preservation Group for the OUE Brick Tavern Roof drainage rehab project. The Ohio Department of Transportation/federal share comes to 80 percent or $10,094.40, with the local share of 20 percent or $2,523.60. A second invoice also has an ODOT/federal share of 80 percent or $792, with a local share of 20 percent or $198.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign the Engagement Letter between Belmont County and the state auditor for services provided in regard to an audit of basic financial statements of Belmont County as of the period ending Dec. 31, 2012. Estimated fees are $94,464. It is anticipated that the audit will be complete and submitted to the commissioners by June 30, 2013.

Commissioners signed and submitted a certification for the state emergency response commission grant application on behalf of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Commissioners motioned to enter into two roadway use and maintenance agreements for drilling projects and infrastructure with Gulfport Energy Corp. for use of county roads for ingress and egress to drilling sites. These include 0.6 miles of Belmont 124 or Wright Road, and 400 feet of Belmont 128 or Boston Road, both for the Cat Hollow Bolton site.

Probst was authorized to execute a subgrant award and certification for the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant awarded Dec. 18, 2012, to the Belmont Harrison Juvenile District in the amount of $10,000, effective Jan. 1, March 31, 2013. The local match of $1,111 will come from the general fund.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign a general warranty deed for the transfer of Lot 29 in Fox Commerce Park from the county to the Community Improvement Corp. for an expansion of i2i Mobile Marketing.

A motion also was approved for the allocation of $18,750 to the Belmont County Department of Development/Community Improvement Corp. for program operations for the first quarter of 2013.

Commissioners motioned to approve a 50 cent per hour pay increases for Brenda Lucas, deputy clerk for Western Division Court, effective with pay period ending Jan. 26, 2013, and for Jaclynn Smolenak, assistant clerk, effective with pay period ending Jan. 12, 2013.

Commissioners will reconvene for an executive session Thursday at 11 a.m.

A reorganizational meeting will be held Jan. 14 at 10 a.m.

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