Mineral interest consultants address commissioners

By Georgette Huff Mr. Thrifty Published:

During the Nov. 15 meeting, Carroll County Commissioners discussed mineral-interest recovery methods with representatives of Mineral Recapture Services.

Amy Jo Giovannone, consultant and abstractor, and James Coffelt, co-owner of the two-year-old company, explained they work with landowners whose properties have prior mineral reservations in place. The company will trace abstracts as far back as 1850, to identify original reservations that can render subsequent reservations obsolete, allowing current landowners to enter into mineral leases. They cited examples of successful recapturing efforts they have completed in Harrison County.

Services are offered on either a $25 per-acre basis or on a contingency basis in which the company receives 10 percent of the value of leases resulting from their work. Commissioners were given copies of both types of contracts for review by the county prosecutor.

In an unrelated matter, four bids were opened for a vehicle for the Emergency Management Authority.

Bids were received from Huebner Chevrolet (2013 Chevrolet Equinox AWD, $28,686.50), Loudon Motors (2013 Ford Edge SE AWD, $26,436.18), Whiteside Chevrolet of St. Clairsville (2013 Chevrolet Traverse AWD, $31,600), and Guess Motors (2013 Ford Edge SE AWD, $26,417.68). The bids were tabled for review by EMA Director Tom Cottis.

In other business, commissioners:

• RECEIVED the dog pound report for Nov. 5-10 showing 20 dogs impounded, 12 adopted, none redeemed, one euthanized for biting and no citations.

• APPROVED a change order for Benchmark Construction for an increase of $142.00 in the DJFS project.

• APPROVED seven permits for the use of county highway rights of way.

• ADVISED the courthouse will be closed on Nov. 22-23.

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