Maintenance Supervisor Ed Eick appeared before the Board of Commissioners on Thursday, Dec. 6, to discuss his 2013 budget proposal as well as a list for projects for the upcoming year.
First on the list is replacement of a condensing unit and compressor on the courthouse roof. The equipment is approximately 30 years old, and Eick said the cost of repairs would be nearly half the cost of replacing the units with water chillers that are more energy-efficient than Freon units.
Eick said he has quotes from Carroll Asphalt for the second project, repairing and sealing employee parking lots.
The third priority project is ensuring the fire-suppression system in the jail's kitchen is compliant with code requirements.
Projects further down the list include work on the jail's water system, hand railing in the courthouse attic and replacing ceiling tile in the Connections building.
Eick estimated the total for all projects will be approximately $56,700.
In other business, commissioners:
• APPROVED a road-use maintenance agreement with Chesapeake Exploration, LLC for the Marsha well site.
• APPROVED six permits for the use of county highway rights of way with Chesapeake Exploration, LLC and Cardinal Gas Services, LLC in Union, Rose, Loudon, Washington and Perry townships.
• RECEIVED the sheriff's report for November, showing 1,215 meals and 173 washings.
• AUTHORIZED bonds for 11 agents to issue dog licenses.
• DISCUSSED plans for the 2013 CEBCO wellness program for county employees with Wellness Coordinator Susie Frew. Offerings will include ballroom, square and line dancing, zumba, self-defense and stress management classes. Frew encouraged the board to establish policies for smoke-free and tobacco-free environments; and discussed implementing a rewards points system that would be closely monitored.
• HELD a budget meeting with Economic Development Director Glenn Enslen, who advised his 2013 budget request will include a three percent increase for salaries and an additional $3,500 for advertising.
• HEARD that AMS Uniforms has leased retail space in the Consumers Bank plaza. A local manager has been hired and four or five additional positions will be filled.