Commissioners review status of oil well at fairgrounds
By Taylor Kaser -
Morrow County commissioners stayed busy dealing with appropriations and fund transfers at their November 11 regular meeting.
Recently, the commissioners received an inquiry about an inactive oil well in the Morrow County Fairgrounds — someone expressed interest in leasing the well. County Prosecutor Charles Howland researched whose responsibility the parcels that the well sits on, falls on.
He explained that there are four parcels involved — three in the county’s name and one in the Agricultural Societies name.
The well is in the north half of the fairgrounds, near where the rides are set up during the fair. The commissioners wanted to find out who was legally responsible for the well, or if there are any existing leases on the well.
Glenda Wilson asked if the commissioners would be open to leasing the well.
“No,” answered Commissioner Tom Harden, “but we wanted to make sure that we even had any authority to anything, that’s what he’s [Howland] researching.” He explained that the well will not be used for fracking or disposal.
The man asking about the lease had questioned whether he was to come to the commissioners or the Fair Board to ask about the lease.
Since the fairgrounds lie within the Mt. Gilead Village corporation limits, observed Commissioner Olen Jackson, Village ordinances and zoning would also play a role.
Wilson also asked about the two current temporary part time positions in the Zoning and Development offices. After the retirement of two employees, their positions have not been filled.
She asked whether these positions have been properly advertised, according to requirements.
Harden stated that he was unsure if the current temporary positions had been advertised, or if it was necessary in this case.
The appropriation of unappropriated funds was approved for the Community Service building fund, real estate assessment fund, water/sewer RLF grant funding, Sheriff’s CSEA IV-D contract, grant assistance– tenant based fund and for the Ketterman sewer project.
Also approved was the selling of county vehicles deemed unneeded, obsolete or unfit. There are six vehicles in all, which will be posted on the county’s website. Bids must be submitted by November 26 at 10 a.m.
Approval was granted for the Auditor to set up a new fund account for revenue and expenditures connected with the Sheriff’s Office MARC’s radio grant.
Supplemental appropriation was approved for juvenile probation fees, the child support enforcement agency, and the Council on government fund.
Transfers of funds were approved for the Zoning office, the County Engineer, and sewer district funds.
A change of order was also approved for the Board of Developmental Disabilities renovation project.