Harrison County commissioners discuss waterline

T-L Photo/DYLAN McKENZIE Eric Wilson, director of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, speaks to commissioners Wednesday. Wilson talked about the chemical annex to the county emergency plan, saying that he plans to leave it unchanged for the yearly review.

CADIZ — Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday announced a new waterline project that will soon be underway in the county.

Commissioner Dale Norris announced that the Ohio Mid Eastern Governments Association, a collaborative body of local governments, will undertake a project to connect a waterline in Short Creek Township to the Georgetown water system. Norris said the project, called the Foxes Bottom Short Creek Township Water Project, will be paid for by a loan from OMEGA, and will connect the line with a 6-inch pipe to the Georgetown water system; the size of the new line will also extend fire service in the township. The commissioners were pleased to hear the news and eager to see the project underway.

“A number of residents have been working toward this project for quite some time,” said Commissioner Paul Coffland.

Commissioners heard from Eric Wilson, head of the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency, regarding the chemical annex to the county’s emergency plan. Wilson said that the annual review calls for the EMA to either submit changes or keep the same plan and submit it to the state by Oct. 17. Wilson said this helps the EMA to make sure the current plan is updated and still relevant with regard to facilities, training and other factors. The EMA held a training exercise involving dangerous chemicals back in June, and based on that training Wilson said he determined no changes are needed at this time. Commissioners approved the resolution to submit the unchanged plan.

Doug Crabtree, representing the Harrison County Engineer’s Office, brought forth a road use maintenance agreement for logging from Maysville Timber of Apple Creek, Ohio. The RUMA is for a period of around three weeks and was approved by commissioners. Crabtree also passed along a message that beginning Monday, work will begin on County Road 21 for slip repair, restricting the road to one lane for about two weeks; traffic flow will be maintained through the area.

The next meeting of the Harrison County Board of County Commissioners will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the county courthouse in Cadiz. The change from the usual Wednesday date is due to the commissioners being out of town on Wednesday.