The Switzerland County Commissioners met Monday, March 20th in a regular scheduled meeting.
• Commissioner Mark Lohide was not present, as he was attending a public hearing in East Enterprise to discuss the rate increase of the East Enterprise Regional Sewer District. The rate will increase to $58 per month for sewage disposal. Susan Craig ask the commissioners to approve the grant application in which the county will match the funds if the grant is approved by the state. The grant is for the amount of $625,340 and the application was approved by the commissioners.
• Sheriff Nathan Hughes addressed the commissioners regarding the courthouse security issue. He met with an Ohio county employee and they looked over the courthouse and gave a couple of options as to how the security screening could be installed. Commissioner Josh South suggested that the committee should meet and go over the main issues, which are cost, installation, and employees needed to operate the security station.
• Commissioner Jerry Monjar suggested that the county building floors should be on a schedule to be waxed and buffed. This would require purchasing a buffer. Bruce Williams will check into the prices of a buffer and report back to the commissioners.
• There will be a special public meeting to discuss the refinancing of the TEC Building on Monday, March 27th at 5 p.m. in the courthouse.
• The bids for the repair of Bridge #26 at Log Lick Road will be open at 3:30 p.m. at the second meeting in April.
• The county was a warded a $750 grant for the sediment removal at the Bryant’s Creek boat landing which is now county property.
• The commissioners addressed the ad that was in the paper requesting the hiring of an employee at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter. The hiring will take place by the commissioners and not the animal shelter.
• The board approved the request from Core Logics to obtain information from the county GIS system. The county will be paid $750 a year for the information and the request was approved.
The drug issue in Switzerland County has become a real problem and the County Commissioners would like to help with the solution. They are asking the public for volunteers to be on committees to help with the problem. If you would like to volunteer, please call Bruce Williams at the courthouse. His number is (812) 427-4425.
– Rosemary Bovard