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Collaboration plans in store for commission

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County commissioners, on Thursday, announced plans to collaborate with commissioners from other Northern Panhandle counties.

Commission President Joe Barnabei announced the Hancock County commissioners participated in a meeting held earlier this week in the Highlands outside of Wheeling.

“I thought it was a very good meeting, well attended, it lasted a good while and it was open to the public,” said Barnabei.

The meeting discussed the roads in the region, and had 11 out of the 12 commissioners from Hancock, Brooke, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel counties present. State Sen. William Ihlenfeld, D-Wheeling, Delegate Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, and Delegate Lisa Zukoff, D-Marshall, also attended the roundtable discussion. Ihlenfeld and Swartzmiller helped plan the meeting.

“I just want to thank both Senator Ihlenfeld and Delegate Swartzmiller for all their time they put into that. I think it’s something that’s really going to give us some representation downstate,” said Commissioner Paul Cowey. “Hopefully get in front of the people’s face and hopefully we’ll get some money back this way for some of our roads.”

The District Six engineer, David Brabham, gave a presentation about the region’s roads.

The group of commissioners also discussed having additional meetings for other issues, as well as continue talks about road improvements.

“Senator Ihlenfeld is going to try to make a little package to where the Northern Panhandle can continue these meetings, not just for roads, but to look into what would benefit the Northern Panhandle,” said Barnabei.

In other action before the commission:

¯ Carole Scheerbaum, county program coordinator extension agent for 4-H development, announced the Energy Express summer camp had increased enrollment, with both sites being fully enrolled this summer. Scheerbaum also announced the new club year for 4-H will begin in October, and the Teen Leaders 4-H Club is hosting a 5K during the Oldtime Fair to raise funds for the county’s 4-H program.

¯ Named Carson Schambach as fiduciary commissioner.

¯ Approved Cowey for a $189 reimbursement for travel expenses.

¯ Nichole Felouzis, director of humane operations for Hancock County, announced the Hancock County Animal Shelter has adopted 113 animals during August for the month-long “Clear the Shelter” event. The shelter offers pre-adoption information online and is open for adoption Monday through Saturday.

¯ Announced ground has been broken for the new bath house at Tomlinson Run State Park.

¯ Cowey thanked the senior center for their hospitality at their picnic held Saturday.

¯ Commissioner Jeff Davis thanked the county’s grounds and maintenance crews which keep the county’s buildings, grounds, parks and properties looking nice.

¯ Barnabei announced the county has sent the Follansbee American Legion Post a first check for the Disabled American Veterans van program. The American Legion post will be responsible for distributing paychecks to the drivers who transport veterans from Hancock and Brook counties to and from doctors appointments at the local veterans hospitals. The commission will be sending the post a check each month to keep the program funded for as long as the commission is legally allowed.

(Riedel can be contacted at jriedel@reviewonline.com)

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