Commissioners talk roads, housing

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County commissioners heard a year-end report from Nikki Stewart, fair housing coordinator, during their Wednesday meeting. The period covered September 2011 to August 2012. She related promotional efforts during Fair Housing Month.

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services performed two legal seminars, one at Barnesville and the other at Union Local high schools. Total expenses for the period was $3,512. Stewart reported receiving calls regarding tenant-landlord issues and housing concerns.

The Fair Housing Analysis of Impediments Report was conducted in October.

In other matters, Glen Maxwell of Dixon Hill reported that Belmont 214 has required lining for several years. He noted the hazards of driving the road at night.

“On Christmas Eve, that road was almost impassable,” he said. “You’re going to get somebody killed.”

Commissioner Matt Coffland agreed about the state of the road. He added that commissioners appropriated funds totaling $120,000 for road striping to the county engineer, but as an elected official, the engineer has the authority to set priorities and decide which roads would be striped. He said they would ask him to consider 214.

Commissioner Ginny Favede added that additional money had been appropriated for striping, but it cannot not be done until the weather breaks.

“The work cannot be done while it’s winter. You cannot put paint on asphalt at certain temperatures. It will just peel back off again,” she said, adding that other residents have brought up the issue of 214.

Commissioners moved to approve and sign a contract addendum with Chambers Murphy and Burge architects to reduce the total prime compensation for restoration inspection from $49,850 to $44,311 for the tourism center project.

Commissioners moved to sign a pay application for Fields Excavating in the amount of $135,057.51 for the Neffs Sanitary Sewer Project Phase One. Commissioners also approved a change order for $35,650.75.

Philip Andes was appointed to the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities for a four-year term, effective Jan. 1.

Commissioners moved to enter into contract for administrative services with Belomar Regional Council for grant administration and implementation services for the Community Development Block Grant allocation program, Sept. 1, 2012-Feb. 28, 2014 in an amount not to exceed $38,400. Commissioners also contracted with Belomar to provide similar services for the CHIP grant program Sept. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2014, in an amount not to exceed $136,730.

Commissioners moved on behalf of the Department of Job and Family Services to approve and authorize the board president to execute DJFS Title 20 county profile for the program period, July 1, 2013-July 30, 2015. The plan reflects $3,360 in expenditures including adoption and foster care, information and referral and protective services for adults and children.

A town hall meeting was set for Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the village of Holloway fire department meeting hall. Another was set for Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., at the Powhatan municipal building.

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