POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners were presented with a certificate of recognition during Thursday’s regular meeting for their contributions to the recent Morgan’s Raid reenactment.
Constance White and Dale Colburn, who were involved in the multiple day event, presented the certificate and thanked the commissioners for the monetary contribution made to the event.
In addition to the presentation, Dan Will, representing the Chester Shade Historical Association spoke to the commissioner asking for their continued monetary support.
In February, the commissioners increased their quarterly contribution to the association, which operates and maintains the Chester Courthouse and Academy, from $1,000 to $2,500 quarterly. Will asked that the support continue at the increased rate for the upcoming year as well.
Commissioner Tim Ihle stated that there is some concern as to the budget for the county with the way funding is currently to set up, but that it is likely to change before the approval of the state budget next summer. Regardless, any potential budget impact from that would not impact the county until later in 2017. Ihle said that the commissioners should be able to maintain the funding as it is currently said. An agreement will need to be formally approved at a later meeting.
Will also told the commissioners that the association is looking at replacing the doors which must be custom made due to the building being on the national historic registry. Commissioner Randy Smith asked that when the association has a final estimate on the cost that it be brought to the commissioners who will look into assisting with the cost.
The commissioners and Will also discussed potential renovations to the Chester Commons.
The commissioners also approved “now and then” payments of $7,894.81 for the elections system and software for the Board of Elections and $10,920 to the Middleport Jail from the Sheriff’s Office.
Jeff Mitchell was appointed as a new maintenance staff employee for the county. He will begin on Monday.
Next week’s commissioner meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday as the courthouse will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.