POMEROY — Commissioner Randy Smith says things are looking bright in Meigs County.
The county commissioner was speaking about the state of Meigs County during the Middleport-Pomeroy Rotary Club’s weekly lunch meeting.
Smith began by saying, “We (commissioners) work to establish an environment that will encourage people to live here.”
He cited progress being made toward that goal, from newly resurfaced roads and capital improvement projects to government buildings and a balanced budget. In 2013, the county had a carryover of approximately $17,000; in 2015, the amount was near $860,000.
“With our capital improvements we are putting pride back into the buildings. The county is doing well financially. We are paying our bills and establishing reserves. The words ‘can’t happen here’ are never spoken in the commissioners office,” Smith said.
Rotary members were also positive after a successful year of their own. President Tina Reese cited accomplishments of 2015, including an increase in membership and several community activities. Members held a pancake breakfast with donations going to the Mulberry Community Center; and a soup sale at Southern Local High School football game, with proceeds going to the school’s National Honor Society. The group welcomed onlookers at the Pomeroy Christmas Parade with cups of hot chocolate and provided “Christmas in a Box” to two area families.
“We should be very proud of our accomplishment last year,” Reese said, “and we look forward to 2016 being a great year for our organization.”
Middleport-Pomeroy Rotary is part of an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is “to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.”
Members of Rotary meet weekly and are encouraged to develop friendships and seek opportunities for service. This secular organization is open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender or political preference.
The Middleport-Pomeroy group supports the efforts of Mulberry Community Center by holding their meeting at noon each Tuesday at the facility. Lunch is served by the Country Dinning Room, one of the many volunteer efforts at the center.
For more information, call 740-992-9784.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.