Lifting COVID-19 restrictions at county courthouse

By Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham -

GALLIPOLIS – The Gallia County Courthouse, and other county buildings, will be lifting restrictions soon, as noted in recently approved meeting minutes.

In attendance during the meeting were commissioners Harold Montgomery, Eugene Greene, and Jay Stapleton.

County Administrator Melissa Clark presented a memo to the commissioners for approval regarding lifting health orders in the state. The memo states that as of Wednesday, June 2, the Gallia County Courthouse and all county buildings and facilities will resume all normal entry procedures with scheduled appointments no longer required. Additionally, facial coverings and social distancing measures will no longer be required for employees or visitors of county buildings and facilities.

Clark provided the commission with the May sales tax report, nothing sales tax has remained consistent.

Clark presented commissioners with the 2020 Gallia County Landfill Annual Report as prepared and provided by landfill operator Waste Management. The total tons of waste received was 14,731.56 tons. Of which, 4,555.73 tons was in district, including Gallia, Jackson, Meigs and Vinton counties; 379.83 tons was out of district, including Athens, Lawrence, Ross and Scioto counties; and 9,796 tons was out of state from West Virginia. The report noted the remaining life based on actual 2020 tons per year was 31.68 years.

Clark presented a request from the Gallia County treasurer requesting authorization for a new account from Ohio Valley Bank for credit card payment transactions. The following employees to be signers for the account are Tammy McConnell and Heather Edwards. The commissioners unanimously approved a motion for the request.

Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS) Director Dana Glassburn presented a subgrant agreement between the Ohio DJFS and the Ohio Department of Medicaid to the commissioners. The agreement will be in effect from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023. Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to approve the agreement upon recommendation from Glassburn.

Clerk of Courts Noreen Saunders submitted the Title IV-D Service Contract between the Gallia County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Gallia County Clerk of Courts. A motion was unanimously approved by the commission.

Jim Rokakis, from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, presented the benefits of county land banks, nothing land banks take control of vacant and abandoned, tax delinquent properties. Athens County Treasurer Ric Wasserman noting the key to land banks is the land bank board establishing good policies and the prosecutor’s support. The structure of the lank bank board has five, seven or nine members – the county treasurer, two commissioners, one member from the largest city/village, one township member, others (if any) chosen by agreement of the treasurer and two commissioners.

Keith Kramer, of Lane Records Storage, presented contract options for document storage. The commission noted they will review the options and contact Kramer with their decision at a later date.

DLZ, Garry Silcott and Tracy Schultz, and J&H Reinforcing & Structural Erectors, Rhett Hadsell, met with the commission to discuss expectations of the Green Sewer Phase II Project. A motion was unanimously passed to award and sign the contract to J&H Reinforcing & Structural for the project.

The commission was in receipt of the 2022 Guardrail Construction plans from the county engineer office requesting signatures of the Gallia County Commissioners. A motion was unanimously passed for the signing of the plans at the request of the engineer’s office.

Clark presented the commission with a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which was signed by the commission president, to request the FAA carry over all remaining uncommitted NPE funds for 2021 for future project use.

Commissioner Stapleton made a motion to purchase two new Bobcat lawn mowers, and trade in two used Bobcat mowers, from Jim’s Farm Equipment at the bid of $15,500. The motion passed unanimously.

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By Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham

Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, ext. 1992.

Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, ext. 1992.