Commissioners: March 17 meeting at 1 p.m.

By Lindsay Kriz -

POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners said their March 17 meeting has been moved from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. because of a Keep America Beautiful meeting at 11 a.m. that day.

The commissioners also met with Middleport Mayor Sandy Iannarelli and Middleport Fiscal Officer Sue Baker regarding their recent request regarding their revitalization grant.

Iannarelli and Baker approached the commissioners at their previous meeting Feb. 25. The duo, along with Village Administrator Joe Woodall, Building Inspector Mike Hendrickson, and Laura Cleland, grant coordinator for the Meigs County Health Department, approached commissioners about using the revitalization grant on their ongoing splash park project, as opposed to a Middleport Skate Park, which was the original intention.

Baker, at the Feb. 25 meeting, said the splash park project has received much more positive feedback than the skateboard project, and 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.

At the March 3 commissioners meeting, with only Iannarelli and Baker in attendance, the commissioners told the women that the trio felt because the village council gathered the information from their town surveys regarding the popularity of a splash park versus a skate park, and because they initiated the grant of behalf of the residents, the proposed change for the grant should follow the same guidelines.

The commissioners told the two that once some sort of official action had been taken during the next Middleport City Council meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. March 14, they should bring any documentation proof to the commissioner’s office, so that any potential plans could hopefully proceed.

The trio approved a proclamation from Michelle Stumbo, OSU’s 4-H county director. The proclamation proclaimed the week of March 6-12 as “Ohio 4-H Week” for the 11th year in a row.

Lastly, County Engineer Gene Triplett opened the county’s only bid regarding the erection of beams and guard rail posts on Eagle Ridge. The only bid was received from Carr Concrete, of Parkersburg, for $92,171.04. The commissioners referred the bid to Triplett for review.

By Lindsay Kriz

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

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