Permission for seismic testing sought from commissioners
By Taylor Kaser -
A representative from Precision Geophysical, a seismic study company that wants to conduct tests on a site near the Johnsville Sewer station, attended the the commissioners regular meeting on December 12.
The company wants to lay a cable on the ground to measure vibrations and seismic activity for two weeks. They aim to conduct the testing in mid January.
Precision Geophysical, Inc. was approved at the December 17 meeting to conduct a geophysical seismic survey in Perry Township. Located on St. Rt. 83 south, the tests are in search of petroleum and natural gas. The 8.2 acres in question are owned by the county.
Because the Johnsville Sewer Plant is located on the land, the study is not allowed to drill any holes.
Citizen Darin Seiber also attended the meeting and discussed his concerns over the handling of a case with the Board of Zoning Appeals. He intends to appeal the approval of a conditional use permit from the BZA to a business located near his home.
Seiber says the business, a recycling center, was operating while they were to remain closed while the BZA deliberated.
He also pointed out that the system used to consider permit applications needs improvement. He suggested that business background checks be mandatory. Had one been conducted on the business in question, he doesn’t think they would have been approved.
Seiber said he has been in contact with numerous county offices regarding the issue.
A multitude of transfers of funds and appropriations were approved. Commissioner Olen Jackson commented that this is common around the end of the year. He noted that even though a lot of money is being moved around, “we didn’t spend anything we didn’t have.”
The commissioners also approved rolling the debt bank notes connected with the $2,000,000 loan used for the courthouse renovation.
Auditor Mary Holtrey will have estimates prepared the 2013 budget next week.
Two road crossing applications were approved in Perry Twp.
An amendment to the County Recorder’s special revenue account was approved. For all documents filed at the Recorder’s office, four dollars from each filing was used for supplies and equipment for the Recorder’s office. Half of the funds collected were sent to the Ohio Housing Commission.
Because of the office’s limited funding, Whiston noted that the Recorder does not receive any funding for supplies from the general fund, the Recorder will now receive seven dollars per document.
There will be no change in the current price of fees for filling.
Transfers of funds were approved for the Engineer and Job & Family Services.