Meigs OK’s Board of Elections move

Michael Hart - For the Daily Sentinel

POMEROY — The Meigs County Board of Commissioners recently encouraged or OK’d a plethora of issues that included road repairs, board of elections move and National Day of Prayer.

County Engineer Triplett discussed enlarging the turning lane at the intersection of Ohio 143 and Ohio 7, and brought preliminary maps of the changes.

The board encouraged the project to proceed, stating they would “very much like to reduce to the number of fatalities and other wrecks in that area.”

Triplett also presented an 18-month lease agreement renewal with F. Daniel and Janet Goeglein and Amy and Jon Lastinger concerning an approximate acre located on part of 34114 Fairgrounds Road, Pomeroy.

Members of the Board of Elections hammered out move-in details for their new building. The primary obstacle was stated to be the time needed for Suddenlink to install new phone lines at no cost. Commissioner Mike Bartrum asked if the board “planned to be operational in the new building in early June,” and the BOE was enthusiastic about the timetable.

The commissioners’ financial actions included paying bills in the amount of $67,695.04 of total $296,575.97. The category Now and Thens saw funds of $38,220 moved into A106-A04 on behalf of the sheriff, issued to Middleport Jail and $11,845 into A002-E06, on behalf of Clerk of Courts, issued to Courtview Justice Solutions.

They further approved the first half of B089-B01, Economic Development, for a figure of $37,500 as requested by Administrative Assistant Brenda Roush.

On the recommendation of Vince Reiber, E&E Contractors of McArthur was awarded a $23,000 bid for roof repair on the Job and Family Services building in Middleport.

A representative of the Area 14 Workforce Development Board advised that Kay Davis requested replacement and recommended Mandy Grueser fill the seat. The commissioners motioned to name Grueser for a term of April 28, 2016 through March 31, 2018.

Tracy Kelly, executive director of Athens Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and employee Jeff McElroy spoke to board members about the benefits of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and their goal of adding to their programs in Meigs.

“We would like to expand our operations in Meigs County. I think we can do a lot of good here,” she said.

The board discussed opportunities to speak with small groups to raise awareness and recruit mentors. Commissioner Rand Smith asked the organization be formally recognized for including Meigs County children.

In the latter part of the meeting, Environmental Protection Agency representative Holly Tucker introduced herself to the board and stated her intent to keep communication open.

She said through these channels, she “hopes (the EPA) will be not simply a hammer. We want to partner with communities. “

“I much prefer the outcomes of outreach and safety over fines and permit restrictions,” she also added, pointing out pre-emptive measures accomplish more safety goals and prevent costly burdens on the county.

The commission also proclaimed May 5 a “day of prayer” in Meigs County to coincide with the National Day of Prayer. The resolution was submitted by Brenda Barnhart, who said many people in the community pray for Meigs courthouse officials all year, not simply on Prayer Day.

Commissioner Tim Ihle thanked her on behalf of the board.

“Many of the accomplishments which have been happening in our county are of the evidence of God’s presence,” he said.

The next commissioners meeting will be 11 a.m. May 5 at the Meigs County Courthouse.

Michael Hart

For the Daily Sentinel