Funds for engineer approved by county

By Martin Graham - [email protected]

The Fayette County Commissioners authorized the county engineer to spend money on several projects during their Feb. 16 meeting.

It was moved by Commissioner Dan Dean and seconded by Commissioner Tony Anderson to authorize the County Engineer, Steve Luebbe, to enter into an agreement with TranSystems in Columbus to update the environmental assessment of September 2009 for the Culpepper Water System. Previously produced by the U.S. Army of Engineers and mandated by them as part of the terms of the Federal 594 Grant, TranSystems will update the wetland delineation. An update of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment will also be conducted for the Culpepper Area Water System with a total estimated fee of $4,568.65. Commissioner Jack DeWeese was absent for this meeting, but the other two commissioners approved of this resolution.

A second resolution passed by the attending two commissioners, per the request of Luebbe, authorized the engineer to purchase truck equipment from Henderson Truck Equipment of Ohio for the new 2016 Western Star 4700 Tandem Axle truck. The equipment consists of a snow plow, hitch, central hydraulic system, dumping body, hoist and spreader package. The purchase was done through a National Joint Powers Alliance contract.

Following the passage of state legislation, each Board of County Commissioners is required to designate one of two agencies that could serve as the lead for the Comprehensive Case Management Employment program within the county. The commissioners approved of a resolution designating the Fayette County Department of Job and Family Services the lead to administer the program. The program helps to provide employment, training and other supportive services to mandatory and voluntary program participants, ages 16 to 24, after an assessment of the individual’s employment and training needs. The effective date for the implementation of the program is July 1.

Chairman Anderson was authorized to sign the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Subgrant Award Agreement (Number 2015-WF-VA5-8411) in the amount of $30,061.30 and a cash match of $10,022.10 for a total of $40,083.40. The agreement will help fund the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office’s efforts aimed at the continued protection from violence for witnesses. The money is designated for victim service and visitation programs.

Finally, the commissioners moved and passed a resolution authorizing Sheriff Vernon Stanforth to file an application with the Ohio Development Services Agency for the Local Government Safety Capital Grant for two prisoner transport vans and four marked police vehicles. The total amount of grant requested is $100,000.

By Martin Graham

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

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