Monroe officials select proposed investment area

WOODSFIELD – Summit Township was selected Monday by the Monroe County commissioners as the proposed investment area in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.

If approved by the Ohio Department of Development, Summit Township will be eligible to use $300,000 for projects during the coming year.

Mary Jo Westfall, extension office associate, presented a list of the proposed projects in that township, involving culverts, paving a quarter mile of Firehouse Road, road slip on closed Summit Township 41, road signage, paving of Flat Road in Lewisville, installing 102 feet of 48-inch culvert at the ballfield, curbs/sidewalks in Lewisville, kitchen floor in the Community Center, paving the road to the water fill station and creating additional parking, repairing roof damage on the Community Center, raising the roof on the firehouse, installing fire hydrants near the firehouse to fill trucks and paving the parking lot across from the firehouse.

It was noted the Community Center has matching funds.

Also discussed was information received from the Ohio Department of Transportation about two resurfacing projects, one on Ohio 78 from Lewisville to Woodsfield and the other on Ohio 145 from Lewisville to Miltonsburg.

A copy of the proposed update of the county’s personnel policy manual was presented at the meeting, and commissioners also heard a report from the Monroe County Care Center, including the proposed establishment of a memory care unit.

Jason Harter, who has been updating the personnel policy manual, and Prosecuting Attorney James L. Peters presented the proposed updated manual. The manual hasn’t been updated for several years.

The county department heads will study the updated manual and submit their responses to commissioners, who then will consider the manual and the responses.

Giving an update from the Monroe County Care Center and Brandy Woods assisted living facility, Andrea Cullinan, center administrator, said the census is up at the facilities, and progress is being made related to the memory unit discussed at a recent meeting of commissioners.

An amendment to the contract for the 911 emergency services coordinator’s contract for Swiss Valley Associates was approved.

The amendment is to extend the contract for one year, beginning at the end of March.

It provides for a 10 percent increase in pay and provides for Swiss Valley Associates Inc. to be compensated $22,440 in 12 monthly installments of $1,870 each.

Swiss Valley Associates also will update the digital county map with new or revised house numbers and public roads with the revisions to be submitted annually to the Ohio Department of Transportation. It also will resolve telephone service addresses that are 911 valid with AT&T and Intrado.

The amendment also provides for Swiss Valley Associates to review structures on the 911 map that are not marked with an address in Salem Township. Requests will be sent to property owners, asking them to apply for an address if applicable.

Commissioners approved a permit submitted by County Engineer Lonnie Tustin from the Blue Racer Midstream LLC, giving the company permission to install a 20-inch diameter oil and gas pipeline across Monroe 44, 0.09 miles southwest of Township 245. It has permission to bore under the highway at that location.

Bob Lollathin and Johnna Kaiser, who are employed in the Monroe County developmental disabilities program, and several individuals involved in the program, presented a proclamation in recognition of Developmental Disabilities Month during March, and it was approved by commissioners.

The proclamation notes, in part, that it “is the goal of Monroe County to embrace this year’s theme, ‘Ability at Work,’ and emphasize to all county residents to bring diversity to their communities by welcoming people with disabilities into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship and schools.”

It also points out “that our communities are stronger when everyone participates. Take time to get to know someone with a disability, recognize ability at work and see what he or she has to offer.”