Harrison talks paving, emergency management

CADIZ Harrison County’s bid deadline for a paving machine was Wednesday at 10 a.m., and Doug Crabtree opened a bid from Columbus Equipment in Cadiz during the Harrison County commissioners’ meeting. Crabtree told the board that the company, which was the sole bidder, had submitted bids for two machines, the older model Carlson CP-90 and the newer CP-100.

The CP-90 bid was for $159,000 and the CP-100 bid was slightly higher at $170,000. Crabtree said that everything seemed to be in order but asked the commissioners to table the bids until their next meeting.

Commissioner Don Bethel informed Crabtree, who is also the county emergency medical services board president, that the three commissioners were planning on attending the group’s next meeting to discuss the current emergency response issues in the county.

Crabtree informed the commissioners that the EMS board takes the summer months off, and its next meeting would not be held until Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Harrisville Fire Hall.

“I understand there are some concerns,” Crabtree responded. “I think it’s also appropriate that we mention the 911 levy which is coming up on the November ballot.”

Crabtree added that the county firefighters’ board meets every third Thursday, beginning in September, and the public is welcome to attend either meeting.

The board also approved a resolution establishing the Local Emergency Planning Committee. The State Emergency Response Commission requires the nomination of individuals representing various groups, in Harrison County, and the following residents have been appointed: Lorna Bower, emergency management; John Carr, health; Thomas Carter, environmental; Eric Conter, facility owner; Doug Crabtree, first aid; Amy Gareis, media; James Horton, hospital; Dennis Kovarik, firefighter; Patrick Moore, elected official; Ronald J. Myers, sheriff; Barbara Slator, Red Cross; Robert Sterling, transportation; and Eric Wilson, member at large.

Sandi Thompson was in attendance to announce that the Harrison County will be recognized with the Broadband Hero Award during the Connect Ohio Technology Association Meeting in Columbus Friday. The county has the distinction of being the first completed Connected Community.

Thompson also invited the commissioners to ride as grand marshals in the Scio Fall Festival Parade. According to Thompson, current and past politicians from the county are being invited to ride along in the trolley during the parade with the current board members.

Commissioners announced that a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson has been tentatively scheduled for Aug. 23 from 5-7:30 p.m. the Harrison Hills School District offices (formerly Westgate School). The location is subject to school board approval.

In other business:

  • The board approved a resolution, placing the 911 emergency system services levy on the November ballot.
  • Commissioners had a second reading regarding placement of a Children Services levy on the ballot.
  • The board also approved a resolution concerning a sheriff’s levy necessity for the fall ballot.
  • Appropriated was an increase of $1.5 million into the county’s general fund.The county auditor explained that the certificate for the county had increased by $1.7 million dollars. The money will be used for maintenance and repair of the courthouse.

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