Harrison County holds second grant hearing

CADIZ – Harrison County commissioners met Wednesday with Jody Hennis for a second public hearing concerning Community Development Block Grant funding.

The following projects were selected for formula funding: Hopedale Village, paving of Virginia Street $20,000; Jewett Village, Wildcat Community Center roof replacement, $20,000; Nottingham Township, community center rehab project, $20,000 and $3,800 for fair housing and $11,200 for administration costs.

The board also decided to delay any further funding for the county health department. A request at the previous meeting by Andy Atkins of the health department asked the commissioners to consider purchasing a standby generator that starts automatically. He explained the vaccinations on hand for child immunizations would cost $60,000 to replace if refrigeration was lost due to a power outage.

“We encourage the health department to purchase a generator,” said commission Chair Don Bethel. “However, the department has over $80,000 in funding and we recently appropriated an additional $10,000 into the department. We are suggesting the purchase be funded with what they have available and then if they have a shortfall at the end of the year, we will be more than willing to help at that time.”

Officials with the County Home had made a similar request in May for funding to purchase a generator,

“We do not want to set a precedent here,” Bethel added.

In other matters, Theresa Marteney, administrative assistant, gave commissioners an update on activities for the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District.

“We made some major changes to the drop-off program. You can place all your recyclables together in the same recycling container,” Marteney stated. “There is no need to separate your paper from your cans, bottles and plastic containers.

“This is called ‘single stream’ recycling. Our contractor has installed an automated facility that can sort recyclables using optical scanners. In addition, the district has changed the recycling containers in Carroll and Harrison counties,” Marteney stated.

“Each recycling site has several smaller containers that are emptied on a set schedule, just like the ones in Columbiana County. These changes will make the recycling program more efficient and will allow us to make sure there is always room in the recycling containers when you want to recycle.”

Marteney also informed the board that under a new initiative five youth camps in the area have started recycling programs.

“More than 20,000 students will be educated at a cost of less than 33 cents per student,” she said.

She also reported that despite a slow January due to weather, tonnage has increased this year in materials being sent to the landfill.

Additional upcoming improvements at her office will include updates to the organization’s website, and expanding to social media such as Facebook. “The website is very ’80s looking and we will be meeting with someone to design a new web identity this week and hope to have it up soon,” she said.

In other business:

It was reported mini grants were given to six teachers and the funds will be used to purchase GPS technology, construct raised gardens and purchase supplies and materials for various projects.

Scott Blackburn from the county’s Department of Job and Family Services said the state director of Job and Family Services was due in Cadiz today to tour the oil and gas industry sites as well as the natural-gas processing hub being developed in a partnership between Chesapeake Midstream Development, M3 Midstream and EV Energy Partners in Scio.

The board approved paying $10,000 in grant funds to W.E. Quicksall for the county regional sewer system study.

The board approved resolution allowing the county’s board of developmental disabilities to place a 1-mill renewal levy on the November ballot.