CADIZ – The Harrison County Board of Commissioners approved several agreements last week, including one that will share resources with another county.
Deb Knight, director of the Harrison County Department of Job and Family Services, discussed the partnership between Belmont County DJFS and her organization. The agreement allows both counties to share a Family Children First Council coordinator in each county.
Belmont County DJFS will be responsible for hiring the coordinator.
According to the agreement, the coordinator will spend 75% of their time working on Belmont County Family and Children First Council activities and 25% on Harrison County Family and Children First Council Activities.
The annual salary and benefits of the operator will be $85,626.01. According to the contract, Harrison County DJFS must pay $21,406.50 in wages and benefits each year, which is 25% of the total salary.
All commissioners present at the meeting voted for the agreement.
The officials also approved a contract with Granger Construction Co. in Columbus, regarding the guaranteed cost of building a large public park.
“This is a change to the original agreement that we signed (which) only describes the terms of the agreement and, most importantly, changes the guaranteed price,” Commissioner Dustin Corder explained.
According to the contract, the maximum cost of the project is set at $17,665,211.
“This is the highest price. This is not the price. They are guaranteed not to go beyond that,” Corder said.
In 2021, the state received $9.1 million from the state of Ohio to support prison operations.
The new location will be at 978 E. Market St. in Cadiz behind the sheriff’s office at the former SSG George J. Conaway US Army Reserve Center. The destruction of the place was on Aug. 17. The project will include a 22,000-square-foot addition and renovation of existing facilities.
Corder said no date has been set for the completion of construction.
Commissioners also approved a road maintenance and operation agreement with Encino Energy LLC, a Texas oil and gas company.
Encino Energy will have control over 4.7 miles of County Road 4, or Millers Station Road, in the towns of German and Green while drilling horizontal oil and gas wells. The road section begins at its intersection with US 22 and continues 4.7 miles north to the intersection with Toker Road, or Township Road 164.
The oil and gas company will need to maintain the road during the work.
“It’s a great partnership,” Corder said.
All commissioners present voted to approve the contract.
Commissioners also voted unanimously to approve a $33,325.33 voucher for the Department of Work and Families to pay county bills.
Commissioner Paul Coffland was not present at the meeting.