Monroe commissioners eyes Block Grant project

WOODSFIELD – The Monroe County commissioners approve the sale of several vehicles Monday and also heard a report about a proposed Community Development Block Grant project for Beallsville.

Three vehicles were sold, and bids for two others were rejected.

Purchasing the vehicles and the amount of their bids were Danielle Beaver, Antioch, a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria, $310; Jay Ward, Beallsville, a 2004 Ford Expedition, $617; and Danielle Beaver, Antioch, a 2001 Dodge Ram van, $405.

Bids for a 2005 McCoy Miller Ford E-350IX ambulance and a 2001 Ford McCoy DRW mini mod ambulance were rejected.

In other matters, Mary Jo Westfall, Extension associate, reported it will be necessary for an income survey to be conducted before the Beallsville Volunteer Fire Department’s proposed CDBG project can be considered by state officials.

Plans had been for $10,000 in CDBG funds from the county’s Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund to be used for the project. The fire department had intended to provide $8,400 toward the fire protection facilities and equipment project. That project is proposed for the installation of a 48 KW back-up generator for the Beallsville fire station.

Westfall intends to check with the fire department to see if the firefighters will conduct the survey.

Also discussed was the unclassified worker opening for which Jason Harter has been hired. Harter has been employed to fill an information technology position “to serve the emerging technology needs of county departments as well as a need to standardize the systems throughout the county.”

The resolution regarding the new post notes, in part, that the commissioners “recognize the need to create protocol and policy for courthouse and building security in the event of dangerous situations and also to protect the security of computer systems and hardware.”

Commissioners recently authorized Sheriff Charles R. Black Jr. to purchase a 4-wheel drive 2014 Ford Explorer through the State Cooperative Purchasing Plan. Money is available in the sheriff’s budget for this purchase.

Work is being done on budgets by commissioners and Jeanette Harter, who works on their finances.

On Monday afternoon, commissioners went to Caldwell for a district solid waste management meeting.