Commissioners approve re-zone, explain sewer study plans
By Taylor Kaser -
Approval of a re-zone application, changing from residential to industrial, was awarded at the commissioners’ June 13 regular meeting. Submitted by Marengo Fabricated Steel, Ltd. for the expansion of their business, 5.84 acres in Bennington Twp. are now re-designated industrial.
Bids will now be accepted for the repaving of the Sheriff’s Office parking lot. July 2 at 10 a.m is the deadline for submission. Further details can be found at www.morrowcounty.info. A pre bid meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m, June 27 at the Sheriff’s Office.
Two bids were received for the selling of two unneeded vehicles by the county, a 2002 and 2001 Ford Crown Victoria. The commissioners chose the highest bid for $300 for each vehicle, submitted by Beck’s Wrecking.
Commissioner Tom Harden discussed highlights from the school funding meeting he attended the previous night.
Harden also noted that ODOT has begun accepting bids for phase two of the I-71 expansion project.
Dan Rhodebeck gave the commissioners an overview of the ceremony scheduled for June 18 to commemorate the War of 1812. Rev. Kelly will be delivering a keynote address on the war and Ohio’s involvement. An 1812 United States flag replica will also be on display.
Authorization was granted to the Morrow County Development Office to move ahead with the planning of wastewater facilities in Northern Morrow County at the commissioners’ June 18 regular meeting.
Currently the county is conducting a study of the area. Harden said the area included in the study covers Iberia, west to the Marion County line and north to the Crawford County line. He noted that there have been ongoing problems related to the sewer in the area for years.
“The county has numerous options,” noted Harden. The county can build a new system or look into absorbing into Candlewood’s system. Northmor school is already tied into the Candlewood system. Other factors to be considered include the Candlewood systems capacity.
The county will be applying for a loan in the future to fund the project. Whiston explained that the county will not have to pay interest on that loan for 10 years. The exact amount that the loan will need to be cannot be determined until the full scope of the project is ascertained.
The Development Office will have authority to apply for, accept, and enter into a Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) Agreement on behalf of the county.
“We want to make sure we address their infrastructure needs.” Whiston said of the northern part of the county. The area being considered in the study also covers the Mid Ohio racetrack.
The Development office was also authorized to prepare and submit an application to the Ohio Department of Development for the 2012 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. The county is aiming for a grant worth $160,000.
Appropriation of unappropriated certified monies were approved for Job & Family Services and the Court of Common Pleas/Juvenile Probation. A transfer of funds was also granted for the Court of Common Pleas.