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Belmont County seeks new DJFS director

April 24, 2013
ROBERT A. DEFRANK - Staff Writer , Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Belmont County commissioners Tuesday motioned to advertise for a director of the county's Department of Job and Family Services.

Commissioner Charles R. Probst Jr. and Ginny Favede voted in favor, with Commissioner Matt Coffland abstaining.

Richard Hord of Martins Ferry addressed commissioners and referred to a resignation letter from Dwayne Pielech, outgoing director, where he referred to agency decisions accumulating at the courthouse which the board has not completed and given the opinion that these issues could lead to larger problems. Hord inquired what those issues might be and if the commissioners were able to expound on the reasoning behind Pielech's decision to step down after a term of 14 years. He and other guests voiced concerns that agency issues may affect the people of the county.

Favede said most of those discussions occurred in executive session and could not be discussed publicly.

Probst added that guests were free to approach Pielech and ask him to clarify the letter's contents.

In other matters, commissioners motioned to enter into executive session with Pielech and Human Resources Manager Lori O'Grady pursuant to a personnel exception to consider the discipline of a public employee.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign a pay request in the amount of $131,880.37 for the Neffs Sanitary Sewer Project Phase I, including West Neffs, and St. Joe Sanitary Sewer.

Commissioners motioned to approve and authorize Favede to execute the final invoice for Heritage Architectural Associates for the OUE Brick Tavern Roof Drainage Project. Federal share comes to $169, or 80 percent, with local share $42.25, or 20 percent. Total cost to date is $211.25.

Favede was also authorized to execute the final invoice for the Centennial Preservation Group for the OUE project. The federal share came to $10,222.88 or 80 percent, with the local share $2,555.72, or 20 percent, with total cost to date at $12,778.60.

Commissioners motioned to approve and sign the Certificate of Substantial Completion issued April 17, 2013 for Centennial Preservation Group, LLC, for the OUE Brick Tavern House and Roof Drainage System Rehabilitation.

Commissioners motioned to enter into contract with Oglesby Construction, Inc. on behalf of the Belmont County engineer in the amount of $122,533.28 for various county highways pavement marking. Funding sources include $120,000 Belmont County Commissioners, $2,533.28 MVGT.

Commissioners motioned to adopt a resolution authorizing the engineer to the Ohio Department of Transportation's contract for the purchase of sodium chloride (rock salt) for a one-year period effective from a date of award.

Commissioner motioned to approved and sign the second amendment to the vendor agreement with Neffs EMS on behalf of DJFS, to extend the first amendment through April 30, 2013. All other terms of the agreement remain the same. The total contract amount shall not exceed $150,000.

Commissioners also motioned to approve and sign the second amendment to the vendor agreement with Martins Ferry EMS on behalf of DJFS, to increase the total contract amount to the maximum of of $200,000 through April 30, 2013. All other terms of the agreement remain the same.

The board will re-convene April 25, 10 a.m. for an executive session to discuss collective bargaining exception.

DeFrank can be reached at rdefrank@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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