ST. CLAIRSVILLE Belmont County Commissioners took steps in several ongoing projects during their Wednesday meeting, with further discussions planned for Thursday.
Guests inquired about progress in the commissioners' proposal to move senior services from the Department and Job and Family Services to its own department. Commissioner Charles R. Probst. Jr. noted the multi-million dollar organization requires considerable review of employees and procedures before any move can be considered. He estimated two to three months before action is completed.
"It's not going to be something that happens overnight," he said.
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Belmont County Commissioners approve a variance request during their regular meeting Wednesday. Pictured are Commissioners Charles R. Probst Jr., Matt Coffland and Ginny Favede; County Engineer Fred Bennett and Engineering Drafting Tech Ruth Graham.
Visitors also pointed out the need for paving and maintenance on the county roads.
Commissioners motioned to approve a variance request from Donald V. Farrell, property owner, for a 4.5-foot building setback from 30 feet to 25.5 feet, for Lot 2 in Stenger Subdivision, Union Township. The road frontage is a dedicated private road named Freedom Way.
Commissioners also motioned to grant the final plat for Hidden Springs Eighth Addition, Richland Township.
Commissioners motioned to approve and sign the third amendment to the Martins Ferry EMS contract on behalf of DJFS to increase the total contract amount from $290,000 to $350,000, effective Nov. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012 due to an increase in service and usage.
Commissioners motioned to enter into a roadway use and maintenance agreement for drilling projects and infrastructure with Hess Ohio Resources, LLC for use of 0.2 miles of County Road 80 for ingress and egress for drilling activity at the Richland B. Well Site based.
Commissioners motioned to approve a change order for $4,286.21 for Waller Corporation for the Adaptive Reuse of the former Belmont County Sheriff's Residence based upon the recommendation of Chambers, Murphy & Burge, project architects. This is for plumbing, asphalt and concrete work required for the waterline extension to the building from the main. Existing waterline was found to be severed due to a vault cave-in.
Commissioners motioned to approve a request from the Belmont County Community Improvement Corp./Department of Development for the transfer of Fox Commerce Park Lots 25 and 29 to the CIC for future sale. They are the last two lots to sell at FCP.
Commissioners motioned to approve and sign a change order for $58,120.07 for Waller Corp. for the adaptive reuse of the former Belmont County Sheriff's Residence based on the recommendation of Chambers, Murphy & Burge, project architects. This is for the second floor tenant space build-out. Contract time will be increased by 75 days.
Commissioners motioned to approve a request from the Belmont County Tourism Council to forward an additional $26,952.81 from the lodging tax receipts for the adaptive reuse of the historic Belmont County Sheriff's Residence project. This is in addition to their monthly $20,000 allotment for operating expenses.
They will re-convene Thursday, 8 a.m. for a special meeting with the port authority board and director for the purpose of reviewing and prioritizing infrastructure projects for the future.
Next Wednesday's regular meeting was rescheduled to 11 a.m.
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