Commissioners outline senior projects

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Commissioners addressed several ongoing projects during their Wednesday meeting.

In response to questions from guests concerning the progress on new kitchen facilities for senior citizens, commissioners noted that initial preparations are under way. Commissioner Ginny Favede noted that within the past month, money has been moved into line items and earmarked for a new senior center kitchen facility, office facility and transportation services out of the existing building.

The next step is to determine where the property is to be built, with prospective locations behind the Oak View Residential Center or to raze the hab center and construct a site. They must assess the utilities and make assessments of related costs. The next step is the hiring of an architect, which will involve 30 days of soliciting requests for qualifications.

“It is a very long, drawn out process,” she said, adding that the seniors and staff will be consulted regarding designs.

Reviewing applications for the new coordinator for senior services begin May 31.

Another guest inquired about the possibility of signs on County Road 10 to caution drivers to watch for children at play. As part of a federal grant for sign replacement a year and a half ago, Hidden Entrance and Slow, Children at Play signs were removed. The state code does not allow their replacement. Should residents place such signs, they must be behind the right of way.

Other guests inquired if a detailed report could be delivered on the progress made in senior services.

Also, work has resumed on the second floor of the Belmont County Sheriff’s Residence.

In addition, commissioners will ask for more details in a request from the judges for all court employees in the three county courts be paid an extra 10 hours per pay. Currently, the employees are paid for 35 hours every two weeks.

In other business, commissioners motioned to turn over all bids received for the engineering project to furnish and apply liquid bituminous material for dust control on various county highways to the county engineer for review and recommendation.

Commissioners adopted a resolution approving the trade-in of five vehicles for the Oakview Juvenile Residential Center.

Favede was authorized to execute the Ohio Department of Youth Services Juvenile Court Grant Agreement and funding application on behalf of juvenile court for the biennial period July 1, 2013-June 30, 2015.

Commissioners also motioned to advise the Ohio Division of Liquor Control that the board does not request a hearing on the matter of request for a C2 permit for Walmart Supercenter in St. Clairsville for the sale of wine and certain prepackaged mixed drinks in sealed containers for carryout until 1 a.m.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign the contract between DJFS and the Community Action Commission effective May 15-Aug. 31 in an amount not to exceed $289,720 for the purpose of providing a summer employment program to serve persons from a Belmont County Temporary Assistance to Needy Families eligible family.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign the agreements between DJFS and four vendors, effective May 2, 2013-April 30, 2014. These are the Barnesville Taxi Service for a contract not to exceed $150,000; Martins Ferry EMS not to exceed $450,000; Neffs Fire Department not to exceed $450,000, and NCR Foundation not to exceed $150,000.

Favede noted that since there are limited drug treatment centers in Ohio and it is necessary to transport clients to the closest facility, which is in Youngstown. She added that clients are required to go to these centers and DJFS is required to provide transportation.

Favede was authorized to execute the VOCA and SVAA Grant Award and Acceptance Form for the prosecutor’s victim witness assistance program in the amount of $500 for training reimbursement, Oct. 1, 2010-Sept. 30, 2013.

Commissioners motioned to enter into a renewal of the agreement with Dr. George L. Cholak, M.D., medical director for the county jail, in the amount of $18,000 per year, effective June 20, 2013.

Commissioners re-appointed James Kacsmar as the count representative to the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association Revolving Loan Fund Committee for a three-year term effective Sept. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2016.

Commissioners motioned to appoint Marian Jane Martin as the Layperson representative to the Belmont County 911 Board to fill the unexpired term of Ed Gorence, effective immediately through Dec. 31, 2014.

Commissioners approved the hiring of Nicole Stewart as a billing clerk for the Belmont County Sanitary Sewer District effective June 3, 2013.

Commissioners also approved the hiring of Kimberly Mills for accounts payable position at the Belmont County Sanitary Sewer District, effective June 3, 2013.

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