POMEROY — A resolution granting the Meigs County Health Department’s request for placing an additional 1 mill tax levy on the November ballot was passed by the Meigs County Commissioners at its Thursday meeting.
The resolution noted the need for additional funding in excess of the 10-mill limitation in order to maintain current services specifying a need for a new five-year additional levy of one mill. The new levy, if passed by voters in the November election, will run concurrently with the existing levy for tax years 2015 and 2016 . The resolution states that proceeds from the current levy are insufficient to cover expenses of the health department.
Kyle Mooney, of Nuko Paving, which had submitted a bid on the Round 28 county paving project, was present at the meeting to contest the rejection of Nuko’s bid by County Engineer Eugene Triplett since it was the lowest of two submitted on the project.
At last week’s meeting, the engineer expressed some concern about the bid package submitted by Nuko and the information was sent to the county prosecutor for review. Triplett said at Thursday’s meeting the bid was rejected because the company was not “pre-qualified,” although Mooney said neither the public notice nor the bid package talked about being pre-qualified in order to submit a bid on the project. He threatened legal action against the commissioners if the bid was rejected. He asked that he be notified of any final decision about the project and emphasized again that being pre-qualified was not mentioned in the advertisement for bids or in the bid package. No action was taken by the commissioners insofar as awarding the project pending further study.
A request was made by the Meigs Historical Society for the second half of 2014 funding in the amount of $3,500. The commissioners voted to give a one-time increase of $3,000 for the remainder of the year for a total of $6,500.
An animal claim of Curt Cline for two of his sheep killed by dogs in the amount of $345 was approved for payment.
A change order on the time extension for completion of the Angela Eason Dugout Project was approved by the commissioners. The time was increased and calls for completion of all work by Aug. 30. Money for the project at the Angela Eason Park in Chester comes from a Community Development Block Grant.
Caitlin Cotterill, a member of a Meigs archery team, who qualified to compete in the recent World Archery contest in Madison, Wis., was presented a plaque by the commissioners. In competition she placed 16th out of all fifth graders and scored well overall against the 1,135 girls who competed.