Commissioners approve half-staff flag for local Green Beret who died in Afghanistan earlier this month

By Lindsay Kriz -

POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners, on Thursday, agreed to lower the flags on county property Jan. 15 in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock, who passed away in Afghanistan Jan. 5.

McClintock had local ties to the area, and the trio said that when they received word from a Meigs County resident about McClintock’s passing, lowering the flag was necessary.

A resolution brought from Chris Shank was approved by the commissioners as well. The resolution, related to Amended Substitute House Bill 64 of the 131st General Assembly, which is the state’s biennial budget, will help create the Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program. According to the resolution, this program will provide employment, training and other supportive services to mandatory and voluntary program participants who are between the ages of 16 and 24. The individuals will be based on a comprehensive assessment of each individual’s employment and training needs.

The commissioners’ approval will designate the Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services to serve as the lead agency responsible for administering the program, which will be effective July 1.

Proposed dates for the 2016 fiscal year for the Community Development Block Grant Program were handed out. Friday, Feb. 19 will be the day that a notice must be put in for the group’s first public hearing Tuesday, March 1 at 11 a.m. Applications for CDBG must be turned into the commissioners’ office by 4 p.m. April 8, and a week later, on April 15, a second public hearing notice must be published.

Finally, on April 28, a second public meeting at the Meigs County Commissioners’ office will announce the projects that are chosen for funding.

The trio also approved change order No. 9 from Hoon Inc. and appropriated money into the MedFlight account for $64,120.25. Now and Then bills, or bills that are approved outside of the regular billing cycle, were announced.

Last week’s minutes and bills totaling $524,958.20 were approved, and the commissioners announced that they had $858,965.17 in carryover from last year.

Next week’s meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. due to a scheduling conflict, Commissioner Randy Smith said.

By Lindsay Kriz