POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners on Thursday made a motion to publicly support Project Dawn.
The project is taking place through the Ohio Department of Health and is running in Meigs County through the Meigs County Health Department. Two representatives from the local health department, Leanne Cunningham, director of nursing at the Meigs County Health Department, and Sherry Hayman, a public health nurse, spoke with Randy Smith and Mike Bartrum (Tim Ihle was absent) on Thursday and showed them the 40 free Project DAWN kits that are currently at the health department. The kits are free through a grant secured by the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.
Project DAWN is named after Leslie Dawn Cooper, who died of a witnessed opioid overdose Oct. 3, 2009.
Each kit comes with Naloxone, or Narcan, which is a nasal spray medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug. Once administered, the drug blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes after overdosing. According to information about the drug, there is no potential for addiction, as its only purpose is to block the opioids effects. Once the Narcan has begun working, the user will immediately experience all the symptoms of withdrawal.
Some symptoms for overdosing are shallow and slow breath (less than 10 breaths per minute) or stopped breath, a clammy and pale face, slow, erratic or no pulse, vomiting, blue or grayish lips and fingernails, the person will not respond to shaking or sternum rub, choking or loud snoring noises and a skin appearance of either gray, blue, or ashen color.
Cunningham said that any friends or family members who are in want of a kit can call the health department at 740-992-6626 to make an appointment for training. The first 40 kits will be fee, with a shelf life of March 2016. More kits will either be ordered next March or as soon as the kits run out. Cunningham advised that anyone with a kit keep it in temperatures between 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cunningham said the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office is also on board with the kits.
“We want the county to come together and support this,” she said.
Bids were open for the new dog shelter that will is currently in the works. Baer Contracting LLC, of Racine, put forth a bid of $238,949, including labor and materials. Hoon Inc., of Athens, put forth a bid of $246,000, including labor and materials. Smith said the commissioners will send the bids onto their architect and will possibly bid the project next week, depending on what the architect says.
Chris Shank, director of Meigs County Job and Family Services, had two resolutions approved. The first resolution approved Kelly Hill, of Overbrook Rehabilitation Center, as a board member of the Area Workforce Development Board. Hill’s term began Aug. 20 and will end Dec. 31, 2017. The second resolution approved an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding through June 30, 2016, for the Ohio Works Incentive Program.
Michelle Stumbo told the commissioners that agriculture agent Marcus McCartney will be leaving Meigs County for a full-time position in Washington County. The commissioners voted to table any discussion about the hiring process until another meeting.
Four appropriations were approved: $80,000 was moved from certified and appropriated funds into Contract Services, $15,000 was moved from certified and appropriated funds into Dog Warden, $15,000 was moved from certified and appropriated funds into Assigned Council and a third appropriation for 2015 in the total of $32,300 was moved from certified and appropriated funds into The Ohio State University fund.
The commissioners also announced on record that the Serenity House on Aug. 25 sent their required letter to the Attorney General. Bills were approved, with bills totaling $18,499.47 and Co. General Bills, with 241 entries, totaling $275,460.52.
The next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.