Head Of EMA Gets $5K Raise

ST.CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County commissioners voted Wednesday to give Emergency Management Director David Ivan the $5,000 raise in pay he didn’t receive after being named director five years ago.

Ivan previously served as assistant director of the agency before being appointed director in 2009, and has continued to earn the assistant director’s salary since then. Ivan’s salary will increase from $40,052 a year to $45,052 beginning with this pay period.

“We were unable to adjust his salary then because of the economy,” said Commissioner Matt Coffland. “When the economy improved, we said we would adjust it. It has just taken this long.”

Commissioners on Wednesday also passed a motion to advertise for bids for installing guardrail on portions of Belmont 5 in Crescent, Belmont 10 in the Crescent-Barton area, and Belmont 56 from Ohio 9 to Maynard, and Maynard to the Harrison County line.

Money for the project will come from a Federal Highways Administration grant received by the County Engineer’s Office, according to County Engineer Fred Bennett. Earlier this year, commissioners allocated $500,000 to the office for the purpose of replacing guardrails in the county, but this money will not be used for the Crescent project.

Also approved Wednesday was a motion for the county to enter into a pipeline right-of-way agreement with PVR Utica Gas Gathering in Mead Township for $8,175 for the construction and installation of up to three pipelines and pipeline facilities.

Kim Brewster, coordinator of the Captina Creek Watershed District, appeared before commissioners to announce the completion of a project at Joy Fork to demolish a submarine-style culvert and replace it with a box-style culvert.

The new structure allows fish to more easily swim upstream into water determined to be more conducive to their survival, Brewster said. The amount of fish in the area has been dwindling, and monitoring will be conducted in the coming months to see if their numbers have increased.

The project was a combined effort of the Belmont County Soil and Water District, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington Township Trustees.

Commissioners also wished County Deputy Engineer Mike Wahl well as he leaves his position to take a job in the private sector effective this week. Wahl has been an employee in the County Engineer’s Office since 2001.