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Commissioners make their picks for Ohio History funding

By SARA KLEIN News Leader Staff Writer Published: April 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Nearly all of the proposals submitted for funding from Carroll County's Ohio History Connection Fund are set to receive a grant if the state approves recommendations announced at the April 17 meeting of the county's board of commissioners.

Commissioners established the fund last month after Rover Pipeline LLC signed a mitigation agreement requiring the company to pay a $1 million fine, including $100,000 to Carroll County, for demolishing the 173-year-old Stoneman House on Azalea Road without first notifying the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of its plan to do so.

Carroll County commissioners announced at their April 17 meeting that they will recommend two of the six proposals receive full funding and three receive about 79 percent of their requested funding. Commissioners supported, with a two-to-one vote, a motion to remove from the list a proposal requesting $68,770 to repair metal work and paint the courthouse tower.

Commissioner Lewis Mickley, who dissented from the vote, stated that he feels the courthouse is as important historically as the other buildings under consideration. Board Vice President Robert Wirkner said the county has more available resources than the organizations that requested funding.

The board's decisions came after a review the previous week of written proposals and oral presentations from local historical groups.

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Full funding has been recommended for the Magnolia Area Historical Society, which requested $2,000 to sponsor a hands-on education program for high school students. The program would invite students to work for about two hours at the Kemp Blacksmith Shop, where they would identify, digitally photograph and document blacksmithing tools before taking a one-hour guided tour of a historic building in Magnolia.

The board also recommended full funding for the Carroll County Genealogical Society, which requested $2,530 to republish 200 copies of the "Illustrated Historical Atlas of Carroll County, Ohio," first published by H.H. Hardesty in 1874. Representatives said the society will advertise when the atlases have been printed. Books will be available in the Carroll County Genealogical Library.

Partial funding of $15,920 was recommended for the Malvern Historical Society, which requested funds to repair and renovate the historical society building. Plans are to clean and restore the upstairs for storage and to host meetings; stabilize the wood-frame building's foundation; and paint the building's exterior.

The board recommended that the Carroll County Agricultural Society receive partial funding totaling $31,810 for its project to restore the open-class dairy barn at the county fairgrounds. The project will include repair of the barn's deteriorating slate roof, re-pinning of broken support braces, work to raise and straighten the west wall, and replacement of deteriorating siding with native lumber to match the original construction.

A partial award of $47,740 was recommended for the Carroll County Historical Society, which sought funds to complete restoration work on the Perrysville Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1837. The society began the work seven years ago with repairs to the church's stained glass window. Last year the project reached a milestone when restoration of the bell tower and spire was completed. The funding will be used to complete restoration of the church's exterior.

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The board's list now heads to the Ohio History Connection and Ohio State Historic Preservation Office for final approval. Funding is anticipated to be provided in June.

In other business, the board:

HEARD the County Dog Pound report for April 9 15: 10 dogs impounded, six adopted, five redeemed, none euthanized, 14 citations for no license and no citations for running at large.

APPROVED a proclamation from the motorcycle organization ABATE of Ohio to designate May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. The proclamation asks drivers to safely share the road with motorcyclists.

APPROVED a contract with Lykins Energy Solutions, formerly Campbell Oil, of Minerva, for 87 octane unleaded gasoline, premium grade off-road diesel fuel, and premium grade on-road diesel fuel to be delivered to the Carroll County Highway Garage from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

APPROVED a resolution in support of the annexation of 17 acres in Center Township to the Village of Carrollton. The annexation is being requested as part of Centreville Village's expansion on state Route 9.

HELD a public hearing with Kate Offenberger, director of Job and Family Services, about how federal Title XX funds will be used for social services programs over the next two years. Programs include children's services, such as foster care; adult services; and two new programs, employment services and transitional housing services.

The Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board reported that it will continue to use Title XX funds for the crisis stabilization unit at Community Mental Health Care located in Carrollton. The Board of Developmental Disabilities reported that it will use funds to provide transportation assistance to developmentally disabled people who do not have Medicaid waivers.


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