Meigs looking to collect unpaid fees

By Beth Sergent -

POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners have approved an agreement between the County Clerk of Courts and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to collect unpaid fees.

This contract is similar to one utilized by Meigs County EMS, according to Commissioners Randy Smith, Mike Bartrum and Tim Ihle. It will allow the AG’s office, which has a staff dedicated to this purpose, to attempt to collect these fees, described as filing fees, estimated to be in excess of $2 million owed to the county. Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James Stanley had approved the contract prior to the commissioners voting upon it.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has the authority by law to collect debt owed to the state. The Collections Enforcement Section is responsible for collecting outstanding debt owed to the State of Ohio for state agencies, institutions, boards, commissions, public university and hospitals, and local government entities.

Also at this week’s meeting, commissioners approved donating the old generator at Veterans Memorial Hospital to the Mulberry Community Center to use in the event of power outages. The center is a non-profit and the hospital building is considered obsolete, at this point.

Approved Dena Dugan for the position of eligibility referral supervisor at the Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services.

Paid bills from the general fund in the amount of $83,118.77.

In old business:

At a previous meeting, Meigs County residents Marvin and Eleanor McKelvey, as well as Tom and Joan Wolfe, approached commissioners about seeing if they could contribute to the upkeep of the golf course in Pomeroy. The county actually owns the property but leases it to a private individual. Due to it being leased to a private individual to make a profit in theory, commissioners didn’t feel they could contribute funds to it.

Ihle said there are options the commissioners could take, including selling it which would allow someone to further develop it, leasing to someone new or to a non-profit to keep it an asset to the county.

“The last thing we would do is try to run it as a county…unless you have unlimited funds you cannot do that and we do not fall in that category,” Ihle said.

A representative from Gov. John Kasich’s office suggested partnering with a non-profit to establish outreach programs for youth or seniors, for example. By taking an “outreach perspective,” it could result in more options in maintaining and utilizing the course.

Also approved at a previous meeting, a resolution allowing county office holders the option to accept electronic payments for services, including debit and credit cards.

The commissioners’ upcoming meeting may be moved into the Common Pleas Court Room, if needed, to accommodate Rutland Sewer Concerns from residents.

By Beth Sergent

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at