DITCH HEARING … Chief Deputy Engineer Rod Creager speaks to commissioners regarding the final hearing for Ditch 2145 – Busch. (PHOTO BY JACOB KESSLER, STAFF)
By: Jacob Kessler
The Fulton County Commissioners held their first meeting of the week on Tuesday, February 7th.
The meeting began at 9:00 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. Commissioners first moved to approve the minutes from the previously held meeting on February 2nd before then approving the current agenda.
Approval of the bills then took place before reviews were conducted for the following items.
The weekly dog warden reports for periods ending January 7th and January 14th.
Correspondence from the Fulton County Humane Society, a Treasurer to Auditor balancing report, and a re-appraisal status update as issued by the Ohio Department of Taxation. The following agenda items were then approved.
– Resolution 2023-124 for the increase and transfer of appropriations for various departments.
– Resolution 2023-125 to adjust rates for EMS.
– Resolution 2023-126 to award a bid for the 2023 ditch maintenance projects.
– Resolution 2023-127 to approve oversight of Contract 2023-36 with Creative Solutions LLC on behalf of JFS.
– Resolution 2023-128 to approve Amend #1 to Contract 2022-120 with Allied Waste.
– Resolution 2023-129 to approve Amend #1 to Contract 2022-121 with Allied Waste.
– Resolution 2023-130 to approve purchase orders and travel requests.
With no other items to attend to, the meeting was adjourned at 9:06 a.m.
The Fulton County Commissioners then held their second meeting of the week on Thursday, February 9th. The meeting began at 9:00 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.
The Commissioners first moved to approve minutes from the previous meeting held on February 7th as well as the current agenda.
A review then took place for the following items. The weekly Dog Warden report for period ending January 21st.
An amended certificate of estimated resources and certificate of non-compliance. The following agenda items were then approved.
– Resolution 2023-133 for the increase and transfer of appropriations for various departments.
– Resolution 2023-134 to enter into Contracts 2023-37 through 2023-45 for the 2023 Ditch Maintenance Projects on behalf of the Engineer.
– Resolution 2023-135 to approve oversight of Contract 2023-46 with the Ohio TeachingFamily Association on behalf of JFS.
– Resolution 2023-136 to approve personnel request on behalf of JFS.
– Resolution 2023-137 to authorize an ad for a JFS employment opportunity.
– Resolution 2023-138 to approve purchase orders and travel requests.
The meeting then entered into recess at 9:07 a.m. before reconvening at 9:16 a.m. Chief Deputy Engineer Rod Creager was then invited to begin a continued final hearing for Ditch 2145 – Busch.
It was stated that, during the last hearing, a request was made to bring down the total cost of the project.
This in turn would lower the assessment cost for each property involved with the project.
The original cost was estimated to be at $128,273.40. A revision was made to the project and work to be done which has led to a new estimated cost of $90,553.08.
This new lower estimate takes the assessment for each property down from $11,402.08 to $8,088.05.
This amount can go even lower to $7,738.05 if there are certain factors met, however this would result in a sump tap not being installed for the property.
Deliberations then took place with each of the commissioners stating how pleased they were with what was able to be accomplished.
Following deliberations, Commissioner Jon Rupp put forth a motion to accept the project and to give residents ten years to pay for the assessments.
Following the projects approval, the meeting was adjourned at 9:30 a.m.
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