Commissioners hold organizational and business meetings

POMEROY — Meigs County commissioners met earlier this month for regular business meetings to approve contracts, appointments and appropriations.

On January 1, the commissioners gathered for the annual organizational meeting, followed by a regular business meeting.

Present at the meeting were President Jimmy Will, Vice-Present Tim Ihle, Member Shannon Miller and Clerk Tonya Edwards.

Ihle made a motion to appoint Will as president. Will made a motion to appoint Miller as vice president. These motions are approved.

The commissioners appointed county employees as follows: DJFS Director: Chris Shank; EMS Director: Robbie Jacks; EMA Director: Jamie Jones; Bee Inspector: Ed Newman; Water and Sewer Meigs: Dave Davis; Dog sitter: Coleen Murphy Smith; Maintenance: Shannon Spaun; Maintenance: Ronnie Casto; Maintenance: Mariah Hess; Director of Economic Development: Parry Varnadoe; Flat card: Dan Nease; TV Shot: Rodney Graves; and clerk: Tonya Edwards.

Weekly commissions will be held on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Approved holidays are: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day; Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4, afternoon August 18 for the Meigs County Fair, Labor Day, Columbus Day, half day for the November General Election, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Monday after Christmas, and the day after New Year 2023.

Celestia Hendrix was hired for the Benefit Bridge program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Employment and Family Services.

Commissioners approved the signing of the Highway Department Force Account Resolution for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, maintenance and repair of roads, bridges and culverts in Meigs County.

Commissioners approved to contact Jim Thomas with BDT to draw up plans to redo the front and between the annex building.

The Clerk was authorized to advertise in the local newspaper the public viewing of February 17, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. and the hearing at 10:10 a.m. at the Commissioners’ office.

During the January 13 meeting, the Commissioners approved the Workforce Development Board.

The commissioners approved the reappointments of Tracy Clark, Swisher and Lohse; Brent Patterson, Ohio University; and Jennifer Chapman-Kleski; Kleski Environmental Services at the Workforce Development Board.

The commissioners approved Crawford’s housing deal for $65 a day, the same as last year, for the sheriff’s office.

The commissioners have requested funds in the amount of $500,000 to be used towards the total cost of the Square One GJM project and the remaining $49,000 will be used to fund administration.

Scott Hill, Mayor of the Village of Racine, requested that the commissioners help with the $43,000 engineering cost. He would also like some help with his upcoming ball diamond project. The commissioners said they would look at ongoing projects and see if they could help in any way.

The commissioners met again on January 20 to approve agenda items and contracts.

Commissioners approved appropriations for the Engineer’s Office, the Attorney’s Office and transfers for the Soil and Water Conservation District.

A contract between the Department of Employment and Family Services and Tennant Lawn Care has been approved for snow removal.

The commissioners entered into a contract with Tri County Towers up to a cost of $200,000 for a radio tower.

After an executive session, Theresa Lavender was hired as the new manager of Meigs DJFS from April 8, when manager Chris Shank retired. Miller and Will voted for the motion while Ihle voted against.

The Commissioners also met this week, on January 27. More information on this meeting in a future edition.

Appointments, contracts approved

Aubrey L. Morgan