Belmont County Health Board Receives Grant for Sewer System

The Belmont County Board of Health has reappointed Dr. George L. Cholak to a two-year term as the county health commissioner.

Cholak’s new term will expire in January 2020.

Board member Dwight Jenewein will be seeking re-election to the board. His term expires this year.

In other matters this week, the board approved a resolution to fund failing sewage systems. Rich Lucas, county director of environmental health, said the Belmont County Health Department has been awarded a $200,000 grant for the program from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency through the Water Pollution Control Fund.

A homeowner’s income eligibility for participation in the program is based on U.S. poverty guidelines, Lucas said. The grant is good for 18 months.

The health department must have a contract with an installer and get three bids to replace a failing sewage system, he said. The department cannot contract with the homeowner, he added.

Robert Sproul, deputy health commissioner, said two births and 35 deaths occurred in Belmont County in December. During 2017, the county had a total of 13 births and 647 deaths.