Future of Belmont 911 mapped

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County Commissioners addressed developments and adjustments following the restructuring of the 911 system during Wednesday’s meeting.

Commissioners moved to temporary assign the house numbering duties to Doyle Crooks, Belmont County 911 supervisor, and authorized a $300 per month reimbursement from the general fund for use of his personal vehicle to perform these duties, effective immediately until further notice. The prior director had performed those duties along with the directorship.

In other matters, with the passing of the 1-mill 911 equipment levy, the commissioners are forming a 911 committee. The commissioners and auditor will begin meeting with Motorola Equipment to establish the phases of upgrades for the entire system since the levy funds will not be received all at one time. The committee will prioritize the projects and determine the approximate cost.

The committee should be established in about two weeks. Issues include the computer system and upgrades to the portable radios. The committee will look at issues such as how the use of grant funds could coincide with available levy money to offset costs.

In other matters, commissioners moved to approve and sign an amendment to the Help Me Grow, Early Start Component contract with Belmont County Community Action Commission for an increase of $133,419 to cover additional expenses incurred retroactive to July 1, 2012. The increase is funded with carryover funds from previous Help Me Grow contract periods that are GRF dollars.

Commissioner Ginny Favede was approved to execute an invoice for Waller Corp. for the adaptive reuse of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Residence with a federal share of 80 percent, or $35,733.50 and a local share of 20 percent, or $8,933.37.

Commissioners moved to sign and submit an Equitable Sharing Agreement and Certification of fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2012 for the sheriff’s office. This is to ensure that the sheriff’s department is in compliance end eligible to receive funds from the U.S. Department of Justice available through federally forfeited cash, property and proceeds.

Favede was authorized to enter into the renewal of the Participation Agreement with Law Enforcement Automotive Data Entry System for the NCIC terminals located at the sheriff’s department. LEADS enables the sheriff’s department to obtain necessary information for the police and fire departments, including running license plates and drivers licenses.

Commissioners moved to approve the transfer of $320,000 from the general fund to the S33 District Detention Home Fund for the first half 2013 expenses.

Commissioners moved to approve the annual allocation of $14,000 from the general fund to the Belmont County Regional Airport Authority for Fiscal Year 2013.

Favede was designated official representative and Commissioner Matt Coffland as alternate for the purpose of voting at the annual County Commissioners Association of Ohio meeting in 2013.

Commissioners moved to enter lease agreements with DJFS effective Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013 for 310 Fox Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, for the annual amount of $20,029.27, and the Oakview building in St. Clairsville for $25,474.68 annually.

Commissioners moved to enter into a lease agreement with DJFS Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013 for an annual amount of $14,722 for the Martins Ferry Satellite Office, 302 Walnut St., Martins Ferry.

Commissioners moved to enter into a rental agreement with Annette Greenwood in the amount of $300 per month for office space located on the second floor of the courthouse Annex III effective Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013. This agreement will renew annually unless terminated by either party with a 30-day advance notice.

Commissioners entered an executive session with DJFS Director Dwayne Pielech and Lori O’Grady, to consider the discipline, compensation and employment of public employees. Pielech was authorized to proceed with appropriate steps for possible disciplinary action.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com