Meigs commissioners ponder faith-based grants

By Lorna Hart -

POMEROY — During Thursday’s Meigs County Commissioners meeting, Mike Forman presented information from a meeting he attended recently with the Healthy Buckeye Council in Marietta.

He brought information to the commissioners concerning grants from the Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Forman, a pastor at Rejoicing Life Church in Middleport, explained that applications can be made for grants of $750,000 to be used in sustainable faith-based projects. Proposals must be well thought out, with evidence to support for its long-term viability.

Several ideas were presented to the commissioners that would connect the faith-based community with people struggling to get out of poverty. He said that programs that promote correct work ethics, build marketable skills and encourage active participation in the community are needed, and that by building relationships between the groups, those in need could connect with people “who have learned lessons in life and can share with them how to build a more positive life.”

“So often we see people with problems leave a program without the support they need, so they fall back into negative life styles because they aren’t connecting with people who could have a positive influence on their lives,” Forman said.

He said he building relationships and establishing a business will teach skills while providing employment and be positive force in the community. He suggested programs in agriculture and housing.

The commissioners were positive in their response to the information and agreed to further explore the grant opportunities.

In other business, the commissioners heard from the Board of Elections concerning their move to new offices. Director Meghan Lee and Deputy Director Angie Robson discussed a move in logistics and were assured they would not be put in a position during the move that would interfere with any BOE deadlines.

Commission president Tim Ihle said everything was in motion to get the building ready for occupancy, and that more would be known by next week on the exact time frame.

“I think you can start packing non-essentials now,” Ihle said.

Motions to pay bills was approved for a total of $388,517.55 and appropriation adjustments were made for equipment, contact services, dog warden, tourism and EMS Med-Flight; no additional expenditures were made in these accounts.

The commissioners will attend the Community Action meeting on at 11:30a.m. April 20 at the Wildhorse Cafe in Pomeroy, and the Small County meeting April 27.

The Meigs County Commissioners meet every Thursday at 11 a.m. at the courthouse, unless otherwise noted.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.

By Lorna Hart