Senior services’ pay draws questions

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Belmont County commissioners heard updates on several management issues of county sites and departments during Wednesday’s meeting.

County Tourism Director Doc Householder gave a report for the months of January, February and March. He said that the Tourism Council decided not to take charge of the I-70 Westbound Tourism Information Center.

A graphics company in Toledo has taken over that and more than 10 other locations. Cost to place brochures there will be $50 per month.

Clarence Briggs inquired into the division of payment for senior services employees.

Commissioner Matt Coffland said senior services was budgeted $2.2 million last year. A total of 60 employees are paid from the senior services levy and other funds. Administration and management is paid through Job and Family Services, and the hours they work for senior services is charged through that division. Several employees saw an increase in salary after taking on duties at senior services.

Pease Township Trustee Michael Bianconni suggested a new quarterly report update may be in order, as well as posting of expenses.

Richard Hord also asked if any jobs had been put in jeopardy during the process of establishing a senior services department. Coffland said this was too early to determine.

John White voiced support for the miners of the former Peabody Coal, now Patriot Coal. Commissioner Matt Coffland said that when Peabody transferred its assets into the new company. Peabody filed bankruptcy and 13,000 miners lost health and other benefits.

“This county’s going down the wrong road,” said Coffland. “That’s not right.”

In other matters, commissioners motioned to approve and sign a change order for $2,452.15 for Fields Excavating, Inc. for the Neffs Sanitary Sewer Project. This will be paid through the Ohio EPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund.

Commissioners motioned to enter into contract with H.E. Neumann for $23,339 for two new Toshiba/Carrier inverter style ductless heat pump systems to heat and cool the upper and lower levels of the county recorder’s office.

Commissioners motioned to approve the rehiring of Jared Clovis as a summer student employee for buildings and grounds at the rate of $7.85 per hour.

Commissioners motioned to hire Bo DeCoy as a summer student employee for the Belmont County Sanitary Sewer District at the rate of $7.85 per hour, effective May 13.

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