Anderson selected as commissioners’ president for ‘22

By Jennifer Woods - [email protected]

At a recent Fayette County Commissioners’ meeting, commissioner Tony Anderson was chosen as the board’s president for this year, while commissioner Dan Dean was chosen as vice president.

Anderson and Dean, as well as commissioner Jim Garland and county engineer Steve Luebbe, were also appointed as representatives to the board of trustees of the Community Improvement Corporation of Washington Court House and Fayette County.

Aside from appointments, recently there were two agreements that were approved. One was between the Fayette County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) and Sojourners Care Network for child placement services. The contract began Jan. 1 and will last through Dec. 31. The maximum cost is $55,000.

The second agreement was between the FCDJFS and My Place for child placement and related services. The contract is $85,000 and began Oct. 28 of last year. It lasts through Dec. 31 of this year.

Per the request of Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, a memorandum of agreement was entered into for the housing of Pike County prisoners in the Fayette County Adult Detention Center. Pike County will pay $67.50 per prisoner per day as well as medical-related expenses. This agreement began Dec. 27 of last year and will last through Dec. 31 of this year.

There were three resolutions signed.

The first resolution certified 314.653 county miles for the year 2021 to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The second resolution authorized the selling of surplus inventory through GovDeals by Luebbe.

The third resolution authorized the purchase of an airfield sweeper from Myslik out of Colorado. The cost will be $6,821.

At a recent Fayette County Land Bank meeting, Fayette County Treasurer Penny Patton presented a beginning balance of $209,027.69. Expenses included: Treasurer of State for $82 and Community Action Commission administration expenses of $1,447.53 — bringing the balance to $207,498.16.

Title work for the following properties has been completed and the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to review and present findings at future meetings: 433 E. Court St., 738 E. Paint St., 1226 E. Paint St., 1228 E. Paint St., 520 Carolyn Road, 318 Florence St., 615 E. Paint St., 1221 E. Paint St., 419 Western Ave., 304 S. North St., 503 S. North St., 310 Cherry St., 1227 Willard St., 1226 E. Paint St., 710 Clinton Ave. and 803 N. North St.

The prosecutor’s office is in the process of filing with the board of revisions foreclosure for 11880 State Route 38 N.E. property, and a date for the board of revisions hearing will be set.

The following properties may be eligible for the expedited foreclosure process: 543 Albin Ave., 414 Earl Ave., 903 S. North St.

The board requested title searches for 304 N. Fayette St. and 10061 S. Washington-New Martinsburg Road.

Attendee Dan Drake provided information on the process for submitting an application for the State of Ohio’s Brownfield Remediation Program, the first round application is due Jan. 31. An environmental impact assessment of the properties will need to be completed to determine if they are eligible for grant funding.

The board has identified three sites for preliminary assessment; a site on Bogus Road, a site in the City of Washington Industrial Park and a site on Rawlings Street. The board authorized Drake to seek an outside firm to start the assessment process.

Drake also provided information on The Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program, application is due Feb. 28. The board has identified two sites for preliminary consideration; a property on Rawlings Street and a property in downtown Jeffersonville, both properties are in a state of extreme disrepair. The Rawlings Street property could potentially qualify for both programs.

Attendee Steve Creed informed the board of a request from local Rebecca Rhinehart, who owns the property adjacent to 7107 and 7123 SE State Route 753, Good Hope. Rhinehart is in the process of selling her property, and the potential owners would like to obtain the adjacent properties. The board will consider the request.

The next Fayette County Land Bank meeting is scheduled for Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m., Evelyn Pentzer Room, 101 E. East St. in Washington C.H.

Information in this article was provided by the Fayette County Commissioners’ Office. Stay with the Record-Herald weekly for more updates from the Fayette County Commissioners. The Fayette County Commissioners’ Office is located at 133 S. Main St., suite 401 in Washington Court House, and their office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can be reached at 740-335-0720. Condensed minutes from the meetings are available on the county website.

Reach journalist Jennifer Woods at 740-313-0355.

By Jennifer Woods

[email protected]