Commissioners move to revamp position

By Georgette Huff Mr. Thrifty Published:

With the announcement that Todd Smith, director of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, will be leaving to take another job, the Board of Commissioners decided the time is right to rework the job description and create a new position.

During the Feb. 4 meeting, Commissioner Robert Wirkner said that state officials recommend creating an Emergency Management Agency's assistant director position that would encompass duties of the LEPC director along with other duties that would be assigned as needed. In addition to allowing more flexibility in work assignments, revising the job title could also increase funding options, including using Emergency Management Planning Grant funds for at least a portion of salary and benefit costs.

While the board did not set a specific salary level, Wirkner said he would like it to be attractive enough to make the position a "career opportunity" rather than a "pitstop."

In other business, commissioners:

HEARD the dog pound report for Jan. 28 - Feb. 2 showing 24 impounded, 21 adopted, 1 redeemed, none euthanized and no citations.

RECEIVED the January report for the sheriff's department showing 1,963 meals and 224 washings.

APPROVED a road-use maintenance agreement with Chesapeake Exploration, LLC for the John Adams well site in Lee Township.

APPROVED two right-of-way permit agreements.

ADDED the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday for county employees for "reasons of economy" including heating costs and the inability of employees to interact with other agencies that are shut down.

APPROVED a retainer agreement with GGC Engineers at a cost of $350.

During the Jan. 31 meeting, commissioners:

ADOPTED a resolution authorizing EMA Director Tom Cottis to apply for Local Emergency Planning Committee grant funding for 2014. Cottis said his agency applied for $15,000 for 2012 and received $13,900. He applied for a total of $29,000 for personnel and training for 2013, and will be notified in August of the amount the agency will receive.

APPROVED a contract with Edwards Land Clearing for $83,625 for land clearing at Atwood Lake Resort and Golf Club, and issued a notice to proceed and pre-construction and notice of commencement.

APPROVED accepting bids until 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 for roof replacement on the Sherrodsville EMS building.

APPROVED 5 right-of-way permit agreements.

HEARD that Commissioner Tom Wheaton was told by ODOT officials that flashing warning lights will be installed at some intersections on route 171.

HEARD an explanation from Commissioner Jeff Ohler that a "scoring system" used to determine funding for civic projects is not controlled by the commissioners office or other local entities..

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