Commissioners appropriate additional funds
By Taylor Kaser
The appropriation of an additional $300,000 was approved by the commissioners at their October 24 regular meeting. Due to the County sales tax and local government tax revenue reaching certification, the additional monies were made available. Funds were divided between courthouse offices, social services, juvenile housing, and courthouse renovations.
A proclamation in recognition of Disability Employment Awareness month was adopted by the commissioners.
Commissioner Tom Harden also pointed out that Morrow County is ranked in the top five in the state for least number of dogs euthanized. Harden highlighted that this is a credit to the efforts of our Dog Warden. Only 5% of all the dogs brought in (in 2011) were put down.
Monies from the County Probation Felony Grant, $22,475.22, were appropriated to the Court of Common Pleas to cover Medicare, salaries, PERS, offender expense, and PSI Writer salary.
Kathy Nicolosi was approved for reappointment to the West Central Community Corrections Facility Governing Board. She will serve a three year term ending in November 2015.
Transfer of funds were approved for Job and Family Services and within the general fund. In the general fund, transfers were made to cover salaries, Medicare, and PERS. Transfers from Public Rehab– Sheriff’s Office parking lot to street improvements were approved. A transfer to cover payroll expenses was also approved for the Sewer District Administration.
An amendment to a contract between the Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Court of Common Pleas was approved. A contract between the Child Support Agency and the County Prosecutor was also approved.
$5,016.56 was appropriated in the general fund to cover juvenile housing expenses.
Probation fees were appropriated to the Court of Common Pleas, $8,000.
A new healthcare plan for county employees was approved at the commissioners’ October 29 meeting.
Harden explained that the commissioners have been researching this topic for some time and have consulted with other counties, too.
The new CEBCO plan will cover health, RX, dental, and vision. Employees will have choices as to whether they wish to join the insurance and what type of coverage they’re interested in.
A public hearing regarding an application to apply brine on ice grits from Chesterville Sand & Gravel Co. has been changed to November 17 at 10 a.m. The brine would be applied to ice grit stock piles owned by the company, the purpose of which is to keep the grit mailable despite low temperatures.
Additionally, grant money was approved for appropriation for the Sheriff’s Office to cover salaries. Transfers of funds were also approved for the Dog & Kennel fund and for Coroner’s expenses.