POMEROY — The Meigs County Board of Commissioners are starting to move forward with the Rutland Wastewater System Improvement Project.
The resolution is a notable step in the design and construction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts in the Village of Rutland. The resolution (Wastewater System Improvement Project, Section 594) creates a working relationship between the Meigs County government and the Corps of Engineers, obligates the county to provide the necessary lands and easements to the Corps and gives the commissioners responsibility to acquire any needed property not already in county hands.
Meigs will pay a percentage of the total cost and be responsible for upkeep at the project’s conclusion.
Other business brought before the board included an Ohio Department of Transportation contract for winter preparations. Sara Walpole presented the measure on behalf of the county engineers, which commits Meigs County to a 300-ton purchase of sodium chloride, better known as road salt, for use in local jurisdiction. At least 90 percent of that amount must originate with a DOT appointed supplier. The agreement, read in full and discussed during the meeting, is effective through Mar. 31, 2017.
County resident Anthony Bentz sought guidance on steps to create a food processing plant in the area. The board thanked Bentz for his entrepreneurial interest and directed him to the county Economic Development Office. The Meigs office assists prospective businesses, both large and small, that are exploring operations in the county.
The board motioned to pay $49,727.42 in bills and three Now and Thens: Maxey Electric (A004B13/County) for $7,500, Hendrix Heating & Cooling (A004B13/County) for $20,000 and Southeastern Emergency Equipment (S001512/EMS) for $6,681.48.
For the final agenda item, two-thirds of the board met in executive session with Emergency Management Services Director Robbie Jacks to discuss legal and compensatory matters.
Commission President Tim Ihle was excused to give the proclamation for the National Day of Prayer during the planned observance beginning at 11:30 a.m. Due to inclement weather, the event was moved from the Meigs County Courthouse steps to Trinity Congregational Church in Pomeroy.
The commission had proclaimed May 5 a “day of prayer” in Meigs County to coincide with the National Day of Prayer during their April 28 meeting. The resolution was submitted by Brenda Barnhart, who said many people in the community pray for Meigs courthouse officials all year, not simply on Prayer Day.
Ihle responded with, “Many of the accomplishments which have been happening in our county are of the evidence of God’s presence.”
Acting Clerk Mallory Nicodemus adjourned the expeditious meeting at 11:36 a.m. The next commissioners meeting will be 11 a.m. May 12 at the Meigs County Courthouse.