Commissioners approve contracts, agreements

By Martin Graham -

The Fayette County Commissioners met on Jan. 19 to discuss various contracts and agreements in order to continue providing the public with necessary resources.

The first of these items discussed by the commissioners, Tony Anderson, Dan Dean and Jack DeWeese, was to authorize the Fayette County Sheriff to enter into a contract with the Village of Jeffersonville to provide services. The terms of the contract begin and end in 2016. The village will be provided with enforcement services to keep the peace, to protect the property and to perform other necessary police functions in the village. The village, at the direction of recently elected mayor Bob Kinzer, reserves the privilege of requesting additional law enforcement services, beyond those provided to keep the peace. The village agreed to pay the Sheriff’s Office the sum of $22 per hour for services rendered.

A resolution authorizing a water rate adjustment on the Madison Mills water supply was also passed during the meeting. As recommended by Fayette County Sanitary Engineer Steve Luebbe and per the terms of the Water Supply Agreement between the county and ASA Bloominburg – the owners of the ethanol plant at the time of its construction – the rate for water is adjusted annually in accordance with the Producers Price Index published by the Ohio Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Thus, the adjustment in pricing will change from the 2015 rate of $1.63 per 1,000 gallons to $1.51 per 1,000 gallons, which is effective this month for 2016.

It was moved by DeWeese and Dean to authorize chairman Anderson to sign the Victims Of Crime Acts (VOCA) Grant Award Agreement, through the Ohio Attorney General Crime Victims Sections. The funds are provided to eligible crime victims assistance programs operating in public and non-profit agencies throughout the state of Ohio. The agency in Fayette County is the Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Division. According to, My Sister’s House was the only other entity in the county that received the grant.

Furthermore, the commissioners approved several other items. Per the request of Department of Job and Family Services Director Faye Williamson, a contract was approved that allows the Fayette County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Fayette County Common Pleas Court – Magistrate to provide court services for child support actions. Non-federal matching funds for this is 34 percent and federal matching funds for this is 66 percent. The contract will last throughout 2016.

In other news, the commissioners approved a lease for a Cannon IR 4225 copier for use in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and authorized a resolution for an agreement with the Ohio Development Services Agency to execute the Housing Revolving Loan Fund Administration Agreement.

By Martin Graham

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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