Belmont commissioners answer guests

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County commissioners reviewed several ongoing projects and answered questions during their Wednesday session.

Jerry Milliken, representing the Flushing Senior Center, asked for an update on a piece of property they are preparing to purchase for expansion. Commissioners reported that information has been provided by the property owner and is being examined.

A representative of ECS&R, which performs environmental work for oil and gas interests, thanked the county for its cooperation and assistance in relocating into Belmont County from New Martinsville. They have since gone from a dozen to 45 employees and further expansion is expected.

Guests inquired if the new interim director of the Department of Job and Family Services was a candidate for the position. Commissioner Matt Coffland said the search for a director was ongoing, as was the search for a Senior Services director.

In other matters, guests pointed out the need for maintenance on Mutton Hollow Road in Bridgeport, and the installation of a guardrail at Farmington and Barton Blaine Road in Barton.

Commissioners motioned to grant a final plat for Ross Estates, Second Addition, Richland Township.

Commissioners will advertise for a full-time registered nurse for the Belmont County Jail at $20 per hour.

Commissioners motioned to accept a public road petition for the vacation of portions of two cul-de-sacs in Pultney Township.

Commissioners motioned to enter into agreement with Eastern Ohio Regional Wastewater Authority for sanitary sewer treatment services in the Neffs area.

Commissioner Ginny Favede was authorized to execute an Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Program Year 2014 project nomination form for the Ohio Valley Mall Sanitary Sewer Force Main Upgrade.

Commission motioned to approve and authorize Favede to sign as certifying officer for the environmental review of work items as performed by the Belmont Metropolitan Housing Authority for the Capital Fund Program. The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires an environmental review be completed on any work items included in their stimulus capital funds before work can be initiated. Belmont County contracts with Belmont Metropolitan Housing Authority to complete the required environmental reviews.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign the amended to the Help Me Grow Contract, Early Intervention Component Part C, between the county DJFS and the Community Action Commission, effective July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014, to reduce the total contract from $82,145 to $79,959.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign a renewal of a grant agreement between the county DJFS and Student Services in the amount of $18,487, effective July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014, to provide administrative services for the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Child Abuse Prevention Program.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign a renewal of the contract between the county DJFS and the Community Action Commission for the Help Me Grow program, early intervention visiting component, effective July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 in the maximum amount of $69,701. Commission also signed a contract for the central coordination and at-risk youth component effective July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 in the maximum amount of $22,857.

Commissioners motioned to approve the forwarding of $20,000 from the county general fund to DJFS to be used as local funds in the Public Assistance Fund. These funds can be used as local funds for federal food stamp and Medicaid match, netting an additional $20,000 from the federal programs.

Commissioners accepted the resignation of Mayor Vince DeFabrizio from the 911 board effective Aug. 13, 2013.

Commissioners motioned to adopt a resolution urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to intervene and prevent the permanent loss of Ormet Aluminum Smelter in Hannibal, Ohio.

Commissioners were invited to a town hall meeting at the Martins Ferry Public Library Aug. 26. Sen. Lou Gentile will speak.

The board will reconvene today at 10 a.m. to deal with any additional issues.

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