Meigs awards, approve county contracts

By Lindsay Kriz -

POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners awarded a grant and approved another from a previous meeting during.

The trio awarded Rose’s Excavating the bid for the Tuppers Plains Regional Sewer District lagoon addition and improvements, which is a Buckeye Hills project. The total cost of the project is set at $421,255.68. The commissioners also had the notice for Shains Customs Signs Decals to proceed with their work after Commissioner Randy Smith signed documents and the notice to proceed. The three said they had Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams look over the files, which she approved.

The commissioners also approved a the final resolution and a contract for the highway department guardrail project, and signed a document presented by USDA grant representative Gordon Parker related to the Rutland sewer project. A new fund was created for the new Meigs County Dog Shelter, with commissioners approving a $60,000 transfer of money to the EMS Medflight building project and $5,000 transferred for a contract repair fund.

Two visitors to Thursday’s meeting were Jill Hankinson, RN, and Todd Boxen, owner of New Life Clinic. The duo spoke about the work they do involving substance abuse addiction therapy, and said that one of their labs, currently located in Gallipolis, may possibly move to the Meigs County area to be closer to the other New Life Clinic facilities in the Ravenswood, W.Va., area. Another two visitors, Kirk Mizerek and Bob Snavely, visited from Palmer Energy. Smith explained that the County Commissioners Association of Ohio had hired Palmer Energy as their energy consultant. The two men spoke with commissioners about aggregating. Neither group of visitors’ discussions required motions.

Chris Shank, director of Meigs County Job and Family Services, did bring forth a resolution to fill a vacancy for the position of eligibility referral specialist number 2. With approval from the commissioners, the position was filled by Michelle Adams, who was an internal hire, Smith said.

For next week, the commissioners will host Meigs Primary School Counselor Brenda Phalin, who will have a Character Counts Proclamation. There will be an Issue 2 meeting schedule for 10 a.m. Oct. 29.

Lastly, the commissioners announced that there will be a chili cook-off contest at the Ccourthouse on Oct. 16. People who want to participate can make their chili at home and bring it in, with a winner announced.Cost is $5 to enter and $1 for a bowl. Everyone is also asked to wear pink in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155. EXT 2555.

By Lindsay Kriz