Commissioners answer questions

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Belmont County commissioners addressed several issues from guests during their Wednesday meeting.

Richard Hord commented on the apparent cooperation between the county DJFS and Senior Services in issues such as transportation. Commissioner Ginny Favede said further agreements may help in transporting veterans within the county.

In answer to further questions from Hord regarding the process of hiring a new DJFS director, Favede reported the attorney tasked with overseeing the issue had narrowed choices to four contenders. The commissioners have not yet been billed for the attorney’s services.

Michael Bianconi inquired about a DJFS audit report detailing differences in operations between Senior Services as an arm of DJFS and as a separate department.

John White of Flushing inquired about the process of instituting a new Flushing Senior Center. Favede said property was being surveyed. When the property is purchased the commissioners will make a request for qualifications to hire an architect. A design can then be created, the project bid out, and construction can then begin.

In addition, the commissioners were awarded a Project Best award for the extensive renovations of the common pleas courtroom used by Judge John M. Solovan II.

Commissioners motioned to grant a road improvement vacation of all Union Township Road 377, or Poland Farm Road, located in Union Township Sections 18 and 24.

Commissioners entered into contract with the Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co. in the amount of $721,350 for the Sand Hill Bridge replacement. Funding will be through Ohio Public Works and local funds.

Commissioners entered into a roadway use maintenance agreement for pipeline and compressor projects and infrastructure with Ohio Gatherings Company LLC, for the use of 1.25 miles of County Road 124, or Wright Road, for the purpose of ingress and egress for pipeline activity.

Commissioners motioned to reappoint Jack Head as Belmont County Apiary Inspector for the year 2014, to be compensated a flat fee of $1,500 per year.

Commissioners accepted the annual report on the Delinquent Tax & Assessment Collection Fund for fiscal year 2013.

Commissioners approved and signed the permit to conduct surface monitoring of well stimulation for Microseismic, Inc., for the Rice Energy Bigfoot 7H FS project.

Commissioners motioned to approve the hiring of Brian M. Cooper as a full-time maintenance employee for the county buildings and grounds department at a rate of $9.23 per hour.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderon