POMEROY — A resolution to apply for a $274 ,800 Critical Infrastructure Grant was taken at last week’s meeting by the Meigs County Commissioners.
According to Denise Alkire, of the Meigs Grants Office, the funding, if granted, will be used for improvements and rehabilitation relating primarily to the water-sewer system serving the Syracuse-Racine area.
Representatives of Syracuse, including Bob Allen, of TRIAD, and Ike Spencer, representing Syracuse village, met with the commissioners to review the status of the sewer situation as it currently exists and the scope of the problems. They talked about the earlier project completed last summer, and the numerous problems which now exist. It was noted that even if the grant money is awarded, the work will likely not start until late next year.
Spencer also said additional money over the $274,800, if granted, will be needed to correct the faults of the system and asked the commissioners to consider additional funding through the Community Block Grant monies next year to pay for that.
Spencer also talked about the problem of retaining licensed operators, not only in Syracuse but other places in the county, and proposed starting a local apprentice-type training program in the operating skills of water-sewer systems. He suggested hiring local people who could get the practical experience over a period of time and then could complete the required studies to become a licensed operator.
During the meeting, a request from the Ohio State University Extension office for the an appropriation for 2014 in the amount of $31,500 was granted. The county has been without an extension agent for the past six months but is now reportedly ready to employ a new agent.
Request for financial help for the 2014 Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society and for Kickin’ Summer Bash was presented, but no action was taken pending a review of budgetary work from the past two years.
Ginny Shrimplin of CORSA (County Risk Sharing Authority) met with commissioners to discuss projects, including a public shooting range at the Meigs Soil and Water District’s park near Harrisonville. She said she had talked with Jim Freeman of that agency and others and found everyone supportive. Shrimplin talked about what would be involved regarding safety issues, as well liability issues in moving forward.
Such a shooting range would be open to the public, but have no monitoring and only be operated at specific times. The issue of liability was discussed.
Carrie Gloeckner met with commissioners to propose a county public relations position and to apply for it if one is established.