Commissioners approve agreement with Habitat for Humanity; authorize repairs
By Taylor Kaser
The 2012 Community Housing Improvement Program application that is submitted to the state for the county will include a request of up to $20,000 to support Habitat for Humanity of Morrow County.
On the recommendation of the Development Office, the Board of Commissioners signed a Joint Letter of Agreement with Habitat for Humanity at their March 7 meeting. The letter details the roles and responsibilities of Habitat connected with the project.
New sewer loans were approved for homeowners in Harmony Township. Loans came from the Water and Sewer Revolving Loan Fund and the Rural Septic Loan Fund.
Transfer of funds from the Court of Common Pleas were accepted.
A public hearing for is scheduled for April 2 at 10 a.m regarding a re-zone application for a parcel of land in Bennington Twp.
A request to draw down funds from the CDBG funds by Director of Operations Pat Davies was approved. Funds will be used for private home rehabilitation and general administration costs.
A quote for the repair of the sub floor in the Auditor’s office storage room was accepted by the commissioners at their March 12 meeting. Burge Construction from Cardington was selected for the job; their submitted quote was $3,586 for the repairs.
Utility poles will replaced on County Roads 24 and 25 in Lincoln Township at the recommendation of County Engineer Randy Bush.
Pending approval from Ohio EPA, a construction contract was authorized for repair to a private sewer system. Funds come from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Home Sewage Treatment System.
Financing for repair or replacement of existing on-site sewer systems are available for eligible property owners. The tentative contract for the job is with Jozak Excavation Co., Inc. for $8,100.
Commissioner Olen Jackson passed out a copy of an information document compiled by commissioners from Lycoming, Pennsylvania he received while at a conference in Washington, D.C. It lists five questions that county commissioners should ask or be aware of regarding horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
It states that commissioners should be familiar with what companies are interested in drilling, how municipalities will work together to protect roads, water management, and educating the community. It also asks commissioners to strive to better educate themselves and their communities on the impact of fracking.
The appointment of Bradley Wood to the Morrow County Hospital Board of Trustees was tabled for a future date. Wood would occupy the position vacated by Robert Willeke when his term ends.