Senior Services Move to Take Time

Belmont County commissioners heard questions Wednesday about progress in moving senior services from the Department and Job and Family Services to its own department.

Commissioner Chuck Probst said the multimillion-dollar organization requires considerable review of employees and procedures before any move can be considered.

He estimated two to three months before action is completed.

“It’s not going to be something that happens overnight,” he said.

Visitors also pointed out the need for paving and maintenance on county roads.

Commissioners approved a third amendment to the Martins Ferry EMS contract on behalf of DJFS to increase the total contract amount from $290,000 to $350,000, due to an increase in service and usage.

Commissioners entered a roadway use and maintenance agreement for drilling projects and infrastructure with Hess Ohio Resources LLC for use of 0.2 miles of County Road 80 for ingress and egress for drilling activity at the Richland B. Well site.

And commissioners approved a change order for $4,286.21 for Waller Corp. for the adaptive reuse of the former Belmont County sheriff’s residence, based on the recommendation of Chambers, Murphy & Burge, project architects. This is for plumbing, asphalt and concrete work required for the waterline extension to the building. Existing waterline was found to be severed due to a vault cave-in.