Harrison OKs agreements

CADIZ – The Harrison County commissioners approved two new road-use and maintenance agreements in a short session Wednesday.

Doug Crabtree of the county engineer’s office presented an agreement with Ohio Gathering for roads in Cadiz, Archer and Green townships.

The pipeline company asked to use county Road 29 from U.S. Route 22 to state Route 8; county Road 2 from county Road 3 to Route 22; county Road 3 from U.S. Route 250 to Deersville Ridge; county Road 49 from Route 250 to Lower Clearfork; county Road 22 from county Road 49 to state Route 9; county Road 13 from Route 9 to Route 22; and county Road 51 from Route 22 to state Route 151.

Commissioner Dale Norris expressed concern that the remainder of county Road 22 from county Road 49 back to Tappan Lake should be included, as it would most likely be used as a haul route to access the crossing if traffic was coming from the east on Route 250. Crabtree amended the agreement and commissioner approved it, with the modifications including the entire length of road from Route 250 to Route 9.

Commissioners also approved all bids submitted last week for the county’s 2013 fuel, paving and bituminous materials supply.

“We would ask that the board approve all bids so that purchases from the different suppliers can be made as the locations around the county would make it more economically feasible to pay more for materials than to pay for the gas and mileage on our trucks to drive to another location,” Crabtee said.

He told commissioners the fuel prices enclosed in the bids were subject to change due to the volatility of the fuel market.

“We call for the current spot market price from these fuel suppliers on the day of purchase and make our determination based on those prices,” he said.

Commissioner Norris also requested on behalf of the county airport authority that the board appropriate an additional $5,000 adding to the $20,000 originally set for the state matching grant to repave the runway.

“The money will be well spent, as it increases the grant to $255,000 and the additional grant funds will allow the runway paving project to be completed, most likely this summer,” Norris said.

Harrison County Treasurer Vicki Sefsick reported the Internet had been down for two days last week and during that time the county could not conduct any business via the web.

Auditor Patrick Moore told the board that could potentially delay payment of county employees as his office uses the Internet to transfer funds for the county payroll. “If the outage had lasted another day we would not have been able to make payroll this week,” Moore said.

Commissioner Don Bethel said the board would review options for an Internet backup system.

“Obviously our county employees rely on that money being there on time to pay bills,” said Bethel. “I think we have to weigh the cost of the safeguard verses the possible inconvenience or problems that an extended loss of Internet service would cause.”