By ROBERT A. DEFRANK
For The Intelligencer
Belmont County commissioners addressed state policies and their possible negative impact on the local economy during a Wednesday meeting.
Commissioners voiced objections to the Ohio Department of Transportation's intent to hand the Interstate 70 rest area west of St. Clairsville over to the Belmont County Tourism Council.
"It is not right for the state of Ohio to unload this responsibility onto county government," said Commissioner Ginny Favede, adding that prosperity in the county is visible and should prompt the state to reinvestment in the area.
In other issues, commissioners took note of a planned pipeline by MarkWest Energy through Monroe, Belmont and Harrison counties and passed a resolution requesting that the pipe be made using American steel.
Commissioners voted to turn over bids received for a bridge replacement project to the county engineer. Commissioners also voted to turn over bids received for Community Development Block Grant sidewalk improvement work along South Bridge Street in Belmont to the regional council senior management specialist.
Commissioners signed a pay application for Fields Excavating Inc., totaling $188,109.87 for the Neffs, West Neffs and St. Joe gravity sewer project Phase I.
The board approved a 50-cent per hour pay increase for Ross Breiding of the Building and Grounds Department, retroactive to Sept. 3, and a 50-cent increase for Barb Blake, fiscal manager, retroactive to Sept. 25.
Commissioner Chuck was authorized to execute a quarterly subgrant report for the Belmont County Sheriff's Drug Task Force grant in the amount of $1,498.79.
Commissioners approved the transfer of $115,000 from the Belmont County General Fund to the District Detention Home fund for fourth quarter 2012 expenses. They also voted to award the bid for a bridge replacement project and enter into contract with Ohio-West Virginia Excavating in the amount of $713,333.
And commissioners adopted a resolution to retain Isaac, Brant, Leman and Teetor LLP as specialized legal counsel and to provide for compensation for such counsel.