Monroe Courthouse security targeted

WOODSFIELD – A feasibility assessment for courthouse security in Monroe County and applications for a Rural Transit Program and for Monroe 40 projects drew attention Monday at the county commissioners’ meeting.

David Haught, an architect from DLH Design, Marietta, will prepare a feasibility assessment regarding courthouse security and present it at a later meeting.

He talked with commissioners about renovations for courthouse security and discussed various aspects of the proposed project such as entrances and how work could be done. Economic feasibility also was discussed.

A card reader entrance for county employees was suggested.

Haught and commissioners had a walk-through at the building.

Meeting with commissioners about the grant application for the 2015 Rural Transit Program was Denise Potts, executive director of the Public Transportation Program in the county. Commissioners signed a grant application, and $398,979 is an estimate for an operating and capital assistance grant being sought from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

County Engineer Lonnie Tustin was at the session in regard to a grant application for proposed Issue 2 projects. That application also was signed by commissioners, The projects are Phase I, 3.75 miles of Monroe 40, Plainview Road, with the second phase to be 5.34 miles of the same county road.

In other matters, Troy Riley, representing Washington National Insurance told about proposed supplemental life insurance for county employees. He was given permission to meet with county departments at a later date.

Commissioners and Jeanette Harter, who heads the Monroe County Department of Job and Family Services were in an executive session in regard to personnel, and no action in that regard was taken after the session.

Roadway use, repair and maintenance agreements and a permit application from various companies were submitted by Tustin.

A permit to install a gas line and waterline was granted to Rice Olympus Midstream LLC by the commissioners, who also OK’d three roadway use, repair and maintenance agreements.

The Rice Olympus company was granted permission to install a 30-inch fusion-bonded, epoxy coated steel gas line and a 20-inch HDPE waterline in a 30-inch casing on Monroe 25, a quarter mile west of the Township Road 203 intersection, and on Monroe 37, 385 feet west of the Monroe 81 intersection.

Two roadway use, repair and maintenance agreements were signed with Triad Hunter LLC, Marietta, and one with Eclipse Resources I LP.

Triad Hunter, which operates oil and gas wells in the county, requested use of ingress and egress to its project sites, using county roadways including township roads. One of the agreements involves Benton Township and is for 0.135 of a mile of Big Lick Road, Township Road 562; 0.144 of a mile of Township Road 75; and 0.491 of a mile of Brownsville County Line Road; and 1.359 of a mile of Bethel Ridge Road, Township Road 817.

The other Triad Hunter agreement requested the use of 1.279 mile of Baptist Ridge Road, Monroe 96, and 0.218 of a mile of Boston Ridge Road.

Eclipse Resources of State College, Pa., also operates oil and gas wells in the county, and it sought use of the roads for entrances to the Dietrich C Pad and the Fuchs A/Dietrich A well pad.

The hauling route for the Dietrich C pad is from Ohio 556, continuing south on Switzerland Township 198 for 1.72 miles before continuing on Salem Township 198 for 1.04 miles to the well pad entrance.

To reach the Fuchs A/Dietrich A well pad, the hauling route will be from Ohio 556, continuing south on Switzerland Townhip 198 to the intersection of Switzerland Township 2181 and then continuing southwest along Switzerland Township 2181 for 0.1 miles.

Prior to the regular meeting, commissioners were in a post-audit meeting. The regular meeting then began at 10 a.m. rather than 9.