POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners moved their usual Thursday meeting next week back a day to Wednesday at 11 a.m.
They also read aloud a Dec. 16 letter from Karen Smith, current Meigs County dog warden, who told the commissioners she would be resigning Jan. 1. A reason for her resignation wasn’t listed. The commissioners said that plans are in place and that everything at the shelter will continue to run smoothly. Commissioners said they would begin advertising for the position as soon as possible.
David Glass, forest manager for Hocking, Shade River, Blue Rock and Perry State Forest, which is part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, brought by a check. The value of the check, $62,054.96, is a net value stumpage revenue payment from state forest timber sales from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. According to Glass and his coworker Jared Craig, who is the Southern District Land Management administrator with the ODNR Division of Forestry, Meigs County and Olive Township will receive $15,513.74 of the money, with Eastern Local School District receiving the majority of funds at $31,027.48
An agreement was signed by the commissioners for the Pick It Up Program. Commissioner Randy Smith said that, every year, $25,000 comes from the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs-Vinton Solid Waste Management District and is used through the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District. The agreement signed by the commissioners states that the funds will go toward the Pick It Up Program, which currently has one truck dedicated to collecting trash mainly off the township and county roads.
According to official numbers by SWCD Administrator Steve Jenkins, in November the crew drove approximately 28.4 miles and collected 125 bags of trash and 128 tires, along with cleaning up two illegal dump sites on Sellers Ridge Road and Perry Run Road.
“We’re getting our money’s worth on that 25 grand,” Smith said.
“That’s a good program,” Commissioner Tim Ihle agreed.
The commissioners received a request from the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio for a designated official and alternate to represent CCAO membership meetings. The trio elected Tim Ihle as the designated official and Commissioner Mike Bartrum as the alternate.
The commissioners also shared a letter they received regarding the Field of Hope project for next year. According to a letter received by the commissioners, this project will be targeted toward sixth-grade students who are not already receiving services from multiple agencies. Community Connectors Ohio, who sent the letter, said they will be recruiting 30 students from Gallia County and 30 students from Meigs County. They currently are seeking 30 volunteers for each county, but will welcome additional volunteers.
According to the letter, mentors will be required to have a once-a-month, face-to-face meeting with their student and will be required to have weekly contact by letter, Facebook, visit, text, email and phone call, as examples, with parental permission. Smith said that because this is also a faith-based program, mentors can take their mentees to church with parental permission.
Required mentor training will be Jan. 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bradbury Center at 39105 Bradbury Road in Middleport. There will also be background checks during this time.
For information about becoming a Meigs County mentor, contact Linda Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 740-992-7507.
Jack Ramsey, EL Robinson Engineering project manager and formerly of Triad Engineering, stopped by to give the commissioners his card, and expressed interest in potential projects and revisions in the county in the future.
There were no bills this week, but the commissioners approved the minutes from last week’s meeting.
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