Monroe County transit program funded for 2014

WOODSFIELD – Like Willie Nelson, the rural transit program in Monroe County will be “on the road again” in 2014.

Commissioners recently were informed by the Ohio Department of Transportation that $250,842 has been awarded for the county’s 2014 Rural Transit Program.

According to ODOT, “the grant is for $166,940 in federal funds and $53,835 in state funds for eligible operating expenses and $30,067 in federal funds for the total of all capital items funded for the period Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014.

Denise Potts heads the public transportation program in the county.

During this week’s meeting of commissioners, it was decided to have a recessed meeting Friday at 9 a.m. to take action on the county budget and to sign December bills.

The possibility of a room rate increase at the Monroe County Care Center was mentioned during that meeting. Andrea Cullinan, center director, spoke briefly about social activities at the center and also said a room rate increase was being considered. The possible increase was not discussed further.

Other center representatives at the meeting were David Lucid and Greg Johnson, and a financial update regarding the center was given to commissioners. An executive session for contract negotiations was held with no action being taken in that regard after the session.

In other matters, commissioners made a motion to sign a contract with H.E. Neumann Co. of Wheeling for completely redoing the heating and air conditioning systems at the Monroe County Senior Center, Woodsfield, and to be in charge of maintenance for one year at the center. The company’s bid was accepted for items in the amount of $46,900 plus the alternate addition of one thermosetting polymer coating for $830 for a total of $47,730.

Four persons were reappointed to three-year terms to the Monroe County Board of Developmental Disabilities. They are Louise Blackstone, Lewisville; Jayne Vinskovich and Carol Schumacher, both of Woodsfield; and Chris Williams, Hannibal. Their new terms will be from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2017.

Harter, who heads the Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services, reminded the commissioners that the department will close at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. She said a resolution about the closings was approved in 2007, and it is still in effect.

She also reported on some maintenance problems in restrooms and the kitchen in the department building and asked whether she should ask Drew Dimmerling, custodian at the courthouse, to handle the problems or hire an outside source to do the repairs. Commissioners agreed Dimmerling would take care of these matters.

As recommended by County Engineer Lonnie Tustin, commissioners entered into road use maintenance agreements with two companies.

One agreement is with Dominion Transmission Inc., which plans to develop and operate a compressor station in Switzerland Township. It intends to use about 2.6 miles of Monroe 25 (German Ridge Road) and about 0.9 miles of Switzerland Township 964 and 2168 because of construction traffic related to the station.

The other agreement is with Ohio Gathering Co. LLC and involves roads in Sunsbury and Adams townships. The company plans to use 0.95 miles of Township Road 104, 0.30 miles of Township Road 180, 1.9 miles of Monroe 5 (Atkinson Run Road), 0.10 miles of Monroe 29 (Main Street), 0.25 miles of Monroe 29 (Sunfish Creek Road) and 7.40 miles of Monroe 31 (Mellott Ridge Road) for traffic necessary to construct pipeline facilities.

A motion was approved to close the courthouse Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

At last week’s meeting, commissioners signed a contract between the Monroe County DJFS and the GMN Tri-County CAC in regard to services. It is effective Dec. 9, 2013, through June 30, 2014, unless otherwise terminated or extended by formal amendment.