Sewer extension studied in Harrison

CADIZ – The Harrison County commissioners approved an agreement Wednesday funding a feasibility study to determine the need for and cost of extending the county’s sewer district.

The agreement is with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, which is funding $8,000 of the $10,000 cost for the preliminary engineering report.

According to Commissioner Dale Norris, the study data would be used to research which grants are available for funding, “as not to burden taxpayers.”

The Harrison County Regional Sewer System project would expand the county sewer district in the area around and including the villages of Freeport, Holloway, Moorefield and Piedmont.

“The sewer line extension feasibility study will help the board understand past precedent and establish a future vision for the land to outline the best plan for extension of the existing collection system,” Norris said, adding the project is for the betterment of the county. “Extending the existing system will benefit the environment as it will reduce the number of permitted outflow points and on-site septic wastewater systems in the area.”

The project is to be completed on or before Dec.15.

Harrison County Sheriff R. J. Myers announced his office was awarded $20,000 through the Ohio Department of Criminal Justice Services Violence Against Women Act grant to further investigate incidents of domestic violence.

Myers also announced the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services has awarded $5,000 in funding to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department for a computer upgrade.

The sheriff told the commissioners his department would provide $555.65 for a 10 percent match. Competitive grant proposals are accepted and reviewed by OCJS, with funds awarded to projects. The board approved the grant.

Myers explained his office is anticipating a second grant that would fund the purchase of a new cruiser for the county.

“The grant is for up to $30,000 and the money was awarded last week, but we will not find out for a week yet what we will be receiving,” said Myers.

Clerk of Courts Leslie A. Milliken asked the board to re-activate the line item for legal computers. The account was deactivated in December due to lack of activity after the board paid off the balance.

“All the money I bill for CSEA goes into that account,” said Milliken. “We are requesting no funds be transferred at this time.”

The board approved the request with a caution by board Chair Don Bethel.

“Let’s make sure the account does not go back into the red.”

Milliken assured the board a positive balance would be maintained.

Doug Crabtree of the county engineer’s office reported the county used more salt this winter than in 2011-12. He said that while there had been a few big accumulation events, “little” snows often take more salt.