Commissioners welcome Thomas

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Belmont County commissioners addressed several issues during their Wednesday meeting while the board's newest member continued to acclimate himself.

Commissioners will consider establishing a specific revenue fund for Belmont County Transportation Resources and Individualized Planning Services. The fund will also require the auditor's approval. Senior Services Director David Hacker updated progress on the program. He said they hope to build upon the coordinated transportation plan designated several years ago.

"The coordinated transportation plan opened up the ability for county departments to apply for various grants through ODOT that weren't originally available to them," he said, adding that the funding sources will be mimicked off of Union County's. Hacker described it as the third phase of the transportation plan already in place.

The funding will come from varying sources depending on the client. Funding to transfer a senior could come from the levy. For Medicaid eligible individuals referred from DJFS, Medicaid could be billed.

Newly appointed Commissioner Mark Thomas asked that the motion be delayed until he was further acquainted with the program.

In other matters, Richard Hord inquired about further development on the industrial park. Commissioners noted that interest is being expressed by developers and action will likely be forthcoming.

Hord also inquired about the status of finding a new DJFS director. Thomas agreed this was a high priority. Hord also asked about the progress toward creating an advisory board for Senior Services. Hacker said they are looking into Defiance County's model and 501 C-3 process.

Commissioners motioned to turn over all bids received to remove and replace the HVAC system at the DJFS building in Martins Ferry to the facilities manager for review.

Commissioners accepted a proposal from Flag Floors totaling $145 to move furniture and re-stretch the carpet in Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato's offices.

Commissioner Ginny Favede was authorized to sign a quote from Digital Data Communications for $279.88, including shipping, for additional computer hardware needed for Senior Services of Belmont County.

Commissioners adopted resolutions to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Programs and to execute contracts as required for two bridge replacement projects and North 26 road paving.

Commissioner Matt Coffland was appointed to the OPWC board for the remaining term of the 2013 year. He will be chief executive officer for the bridge replacement project.

Commissioners authorized the clerk to establish a date and time for a subdivision hearing regarding the Plat of Jackson Trail, Warren Township.

The board was scheduled to reconvene today at 10 a.m. to meet with Mark Schwendemann, Schwendemann Agency, Inc., regarding health insurance updates.

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