Commissioners review projects

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Belmont County Commissioners reviewed several projects during their Wednesday meeting.

Commissioners received bids for pavement for various county highways and turned the bids over the engineer for review and recommendation.

Commissioners motioned to approve the allocation of $18,750 to the county Department of Development/Community Improvement Corp. for program operations for the second quarter of 2013.

Commissioners motioned to approve the request from the Belmont County Tourism Council to forward an additional $25,000 from lodging tax receipts for the month of April to cover additional grant expenses. This is an addition to their monthly $20,000 allotment for operating expenses.

Commissioners motioned to award a bid for furnishing and delivering 4,000 feet and 8,000 feet of six-inch blue PVC waterline for the Belmont County Sanitary Sewer District to the low bidder, LB Water Services, Inc., in the amount of $52,120.

Commissioners motioned to approve a 50 cent per hour pay increase effective March 16, 2013 for Todd Krebs, Belmont County Sanitary Sewer District, who has been reclassified from a Meter Reader II to a Water Plant Operator I. This action is due to an open position at the water treatment plant.

Commissioners also motioned to adopt a resolution supporting efforts to maintain the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds. Commissioner noted the tax-exempt status is close to a century old and is vital to funding local infrastructure and economic development. The $1.65 trillion in local infrastructure investment during the past decade using tax-except bond included such projects as hospitals, schools, water and sewer, roads and highways, public power projects, and mass transit. Altering this tax-except status would lead to higher borrowing costs for local governments and a delay in needed infrastructure projects at a time when such needs are great.

In other matters, guests inquired into the status of the Industrial Park in Barnesville. Installation of utilities continues and the commissioners are looking into available federal funding. A timetable could not be given, but the port authority director may be able to provide an extensive report in the future.

The next commissioners’ meeting will be held Tuesday, April 9, 10 a.m.

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