Harrison County discusses $139K master water plan

CADIZ — The Harrison County commissioners on Wednesday approved spending $139,000 with a company that will create a master sewer and water plan for the county.

It is move commissioners hope will help existing business owners as well as attracting new businesses to the county.

The commissioners approved the agreement between the county and Prime A.E., a group that provides a “full range of engineering services in transportation, civil, structural, water resources engineering, technology as well as construction management, construction inspection, and architecture,” according to its website.

Commissioner Paul Coffland said the plan will involve mapping all existing infrastructure around the county. This would allow county officials how best to locate businesses in the county depending on their requirements for water. Commissioner Don Bethel said it was a good project for all involved, and “definitely a win for for the villages.”

“This also assists every village and every township in the county with a water system,” Bethel said. “They will be greatly assisted by this.”

Commissioners also heard from Doug Crabtree, representing the Harrison County Engineer’s Office. Crabtree brought forward a letter from Hess Development, LLC. The company was asking that the county release the company from a road use maintenance agreement from Arnold Road to U.S. 22. The company also enclosed a check for $7,000 to cover the repair cost for damages caused to the road by Hess trucks. The commissioners voted to table the item, along with another RUMA release request, until they had the chance to travel the road themselves and see the condition it was in.

The board read two bids for HVAC work on the courthouse. The first bid was in the amount of $329,500 from Best Commercial Energy Services out of Akron, while the second bid was for $214,600 from Blasenhauer Plumbing and Heating from Mineral City, Ohio. The commissioners voted to table the discussion until they had a chance to more thoroughly review both bids.

The Harrison County Board of County Commissioners meets regularly at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays in the county courthouse.