Commissioners offer employment

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County commissioners addressed several personnel issues during their Wednesday meeting.

Commissioners authorized Mike Kinter, human resources manager, to offer employment for the position of switchboard operator/mail clerk/receptionist and two assistant clerks for the commissioners office.

Commissioner Ginny Favede noted that with recent resignations, the office is reduced to assistant clerks.

“One of the things that we were hoping to accomplish this year is actually in this motion, is putting a switchboard operator, a human being, back answering the phones for the Belmont County Courthouse,” she said. “We’ve had cuts in 2009 and we all agree it’s been one of the most consistent and primary complaints against the courthouse, to call and have an automated answering service, so we will be filling that position.”

She added that these represent replacement positions.

Other issues include the number of errant calls that come into the office and the difficulty some visitors have with finding the office they need. Commissioner Mark Thomas pointed out the need for a directory on the first floor.

Also, the commissioners are accepting applications for an open position on the Belmont County Public Defender Commission until Jan. 6. Interested persons may contact their office at (740) 699-2155 to request an application.

In other matters, Michael Bianconi inquired about the possibility of a report from senior services regarding their activities prior to the division from DJFS. He expressed an interest in information such as meals and in-home health care provided.

Richard Hord inquired about the selection of attorneys to advise with regard to the transition of senior services and the choice of a new DJFS director. Favede said the commissioners have a negotiated rate with Clemens and Nelson.

He also inquired about the cost of upgrading the sheriff’s residence. A grant of $650,000 was supplemented by a match of $150,000 from the Belmont County Tourism Council, $70,000 from the Department of Development for design fees, along with some in-kind work.

The building’s opening day is today at 5 p.m.

Commissioners adopted a resolution establishing a special revenue fund for Belmont County Transportation Resources and Individualized Planning Services (TRIPS). The fund will require the auditor of state approval.

Thomas was appointed as the board’s representative to the 911 board.

Commissioners adopted a resolution to maintain the National Preferred Formulary with Express Scripts, effective from this date forward.

Commissioners re-appointed Annette Wiater and Robert Quirk to the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities for four-year terms, commencing Jan. 1.

A reorganization meeting will be held Jan. 13, 9 a.m., with the regular meeting taking place Jan. 15, 9 a.m.

A special meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, 10 a.m. to adopt the annual appropriations resolution for 2014. This is in addition to the board’s regular meeting Monday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m.

The next regular meeting will be held Dec. 23, 10 a.m.

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