POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners approved a resolution to name the Hobson Bridge at the entrance to Middleport for the late William D. Childs.
During Thursday’s meeting Childs’ son, Mick, spoke about his father and the naming of the bridge.
William Childs was a former Middleport Council member and served on the planning committee. He passed away in October 2012.
The commissioners unanimously approved the resolution to name the bridge in his honor.
The resolution by the commissioners reads:
Whereas, William D. Childs suggested to his son Mick Childs while Mick was serving on Middleport Council, that a new bridge be built to replace the existing bridge at Hobson; and
Whereas, William Childs’ suggestion eventually led to the Meigs County Highway Department, under Engineer Robert Eason’s direction, getting a grant and building the new bridge;
Whereas, William D. Childs was always a leading citizen in Meigs County, using his talents and serving in many capacities to make the community a better place;
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Hobson Bridge be hereby named the William D. Childs Bridge.
Middleport Village Council approved naming the bridge over Leading Creek in lower Middleport in honor of Childs, a former Middleport Council member during a meeting late last year. The bridge is owned by Meigs County and also required approval from the commissioners.
Meigs County Engineer Eugene Triplett had two signs constructed to be placed at the bridge.
In other business, Sheriff Keith Wood spoke to the commissioners about needed repairs at the jail. Wood is to get estimates on the work to be completed.
Minutes of last week’s meeting and the bills were approved.
Present at the meeting were commissioners Tim Ihle, Michael Bartrum, and Randy Smith, clerk Gloria Kloes, William Childs’ children Mick Childs and Shelia Harris, Triplett and Del Pullins.