Commissioners renew contracts, hold budget hearings

By Georgette Huff News Leader Staff Writer Published:

Carroll County Commissioners renewed contracts between the Department of Jobs and Family Services and various agencies as recommended by DJFS Director Kate Offenberger during the Nov. 29 meeting.

At the same meeting, the board met with Board of Elections Director Amanda Tubaugh and County Recorder Patti Oyer to review their current year's budgets and to discuss projections for next year.

Commissioner Jeff Ohler told Tubaugh that the board should receive anticipated 2013 revenue figures from County Auditor Leroy Van Horne within a few weeks. However, Ohler said, early indications are that 2013 budget requests may exceed revenues by about $400,000. If so, he said, office holders and department heads may be asked to "re-align" their requests based on the revenue figures.

Budget reviews were scheduled for the Dec. 3 meeting with the director of the Child Support Enforcement Agency, Clerk of Courts Bill Wohlwend and Sheriff Dale Williams. In addition, commissioners planned to ask Oyer to clarify figures she had presented during her review.

In other business at the Nov. 29 meeting, commissioners:

•APPROVED a road-use agreement with Chesapeake Exploration, LLC for the Krichbaum well site in Washington and Fox townships.

• RECEIVED a special hauling permit from High Point Construction for any damages to Avon and Apollo roads in Fox Township.

• ADVISED bids will be accepted for two projects at the Atwood Lake Resort Golf Course.

• DISCUSSED the need for a 911 Committee meeting to consider options for fire departments that are still using low-band frequency for communication.

During the Dec. 3 meeting, commissioners:

• APPROVED the two-year Title XX plan presented by Offenberger. Title XX funds are used to provide education and training services, foster care, family planning, and protective services. A hearing will be held in May for public input on how the funds should be used.

• APPROVED a contract for participation in the Area 6 for Business Innovation Network, which will assist with expansion plans, hiring and problem solving for existing and new businesses.

• RECEIVED a dog pound report for Nov. 26-Dec. 2 showing six impounded, seven adopted, and no euthanizations or citations.

• DISCUSSED the impending revenue shortfall of approximately $32,000 for the Law Library.

• APPROVED a right-of-way permit for construction of a driveway in Augusta Township.

• IMPOSED the frost law, retroactive to Dec. 1, to reduce weight limits on county highways.

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