Meigs focuses on disability awareness

By Lindsay Kriz -

POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners heard from Mary Miller, founder of Inclusions, LLC about Disabilities Awareness Month, which is in March.

March 8 also serves as Ohio Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day. Miller told the commissioners Disabilities Awareness Month comes from the state level. She also discussed her new business, Inclusions LLC., which opened in October.

According to a brochure provided by Miller, she and her husband, Doug, founded the business as a place for those adults with disabilities to have the freedom to do what they want to do — not should do — in an environment that respects that and sees them as equals. The facility is located at 102 West Main St. in Pomeroy. Look for more information on this new business in the March 3 business section of the Sentinel.

The commissioners were also visited by Middleport officials, including Mayor Sandy Iannarelli, Village Administrator Joe Woodall, Fiscal Officer Sue Baker and Building Inspector Mike Hendrickson, along with Laura Cleland, grant coordinator for the Meigs County Health Department.

The group approached the commissioners about using their revitalization grant on their ongoing splash park project, as opposed to a Middleport Skate Park, which was the original intention. Baker said that the splash park project has received much more positive feedback than the skateboard project, and that the only thing they would need to do for the splash park, if the money is granted, is to send in their purchase order. On the other hand, should the money only be allowed for building the skate park, the village will have to start from scratch, she said.

The commissioners said they would make contact with the funding resource officials in order to see what needed to be done for this change to happen.

The commissioners approved two resolutions from Chris Shank, of the Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services. One resolution approved Shank to promote Larry Byer from a child support case manager to the child support case manager/investigator superior 1 position. This will be in effect Feb. 29. The second resolution authorizes Shank to employ Amanda Eason as an eligibility referral specialist II at a date that mutually beneficial to both parties.

The commissioners also approved a resolution from Brooke Pauley, which allows the commissioners to appoint her and Terri Ingels to the Child Abuse and Neglect Regional Prevention Council.

Perry Varnadoe, of the Meigs County Economic Development Office, introduced the commissioners to Joy Padgett, who will act as a liaison. Padgett said the county will have “front door access” to the EPA and all of their possibilities.

The board also approved an allocation request of $4,000 from the Meigs County Council on Aging Inc. and Now and Then requests were approved for Hoon Inc. for the Med-Flight building totaling $57,668.49. RBM Consulting, LLC. for $7,380.00 and Scioto County auditor totaling $7,380.95.

Last week’s minutes and bills were approved, with County General bills at $40,089 and total bills at $235,428.71.

The next meeting is set for 11 a.m. March 3.

By Lindsay Kriz

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

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